With the maritime industry growing to be the most efficient way to transport anything, manufacturers are constantly seeking innovation to make the seafaring world a much more convenient than it is. By building bigger vessels to increase the capacity of its tonnage, they have ensured an increase in performance while also finding ways to lessen the carbon footprint made by these ships.
Marvel at these gigantic ships from all over the world.
1. The Freedom Ship
This project was proposed and took development in the 1990s. The floating city was named as such as it was initially planned to incorporate a free international lifestyle for its passengers.
The ship, however, is designed to have a series of link barges, rather than the conventional type of vessel.
According to its architecture, Freedom Ship was to be constructed with a length overall of 1,317 meters that can house 50,000 people in its condominium housings. To complete the city experience, the ship will feature duty-free sopping facilities.
It also includes an airstrip to receive turboprop aircraft onboard the vessel.
It is said that the Freedom Ship will circumnavigate the world all year round.
During its initial plan of construction in 1999, the vessel is said to cost $6 billion. By 2002, the budget went up to $11 billion. However, the building of the Freedom Ship never commenced.
A press release was held in July 2008 explaining that the plans has come to a halt as they have difficulty in acquiring the financial aid to start the construction.
In November 2013, the company revived the project with only $10 billion.
2. Oasis Class
Norwegian cruise line Royal Caribbean International held the record for building the Freedom of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship last 2006.
With a gross tonnage of 154, 407 and a length overall of 1,112 ft, she was considered as the titan of all the cruise ships worldwide.
To give you a visual scale, here’s a comparison of Queen Mary 2 (9th largest ship) and Freedom of the Seas with the Statue of Liberty:
It was until the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) snatched its crown by constructing their own vessel, the Norwegian Epic, at 155,873 GT in 2010.
Last 2009, Royal Caribbean International decided to take back what was theirs. Under the name of “Project Genesis”, the company built the Oasis-class cruise ship.
Oasis of the Seas was launched last 2009, and she was later joined by her sister ship, the Allure of the Seas, last 2010. Both of them have a staggering gross tonnage of 225,282 and a length overall of 1,187 ft.
A total of 5,400 passengers can be accumulated at a time in a liner.
3. Mont (Seawise Giant)
Mont had a long journey for the span of three years. A deadweight of 564,763 tonnages and a length overall of 1,504 ft, she made it as the largest and longest supertanker to be ever built in the history.
Constructed in 1979, her original name was Seawise Giant. She was built in a shipyard in Japan under Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd.
On May 14, 1998, during the wars between Iran and Iraq, she was crossing the Strait of Homuz when an airforce attack damaged the vessel, sinking it in its watery grave. Fortunately, she was salvaged and repaired into full operation. She was no longer Seawise Giant, but she was given a new name: Happy Giant.
When the Norwegian Jørgen Jahre shipping line bought her in 1991, she was renamed into Jahre Viking.
Jahre Viking sailed under the Norwegian flag from 1991 to 2004, until she was purchased by First Olsen Tankers Pte. Ltd., acquiring the name Knock Nevis.
The name Mont was given to her as she sailed her final voyage to India for decommission.
Here is the comparison of world’s tallest buildings and Mont (Knock Nevis).
4. MSC Oliver and MSC Oscar
It was 2013 when Mærsk Line announced that it will be seizing the bacon for the largest container ship in the world through its Triple-E vessels, with the pioneering Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller to lead the class. Since then, they have constantly launched sister ships to follow the maiden voyage of the class.
However, Mærsk Line was dethroned when MSC Oliver came out in 2015, together with its sister ship, MSC Oscar, both of which have the capacity of 19,224 TEU.
The construction of these container ships are valued at worth of $140 million.
5. Largest Diesel Engine
Finnish manufacturer Wartsilä-Sulzer has produced a turbocharged diesel engine, the RTA96-C, which is considered as the world’s biggest diesel engine.
With 14 cylinders, a total output power of 80,080 kW or 108,920 bhp is produced by this colossal engine while consuming 1,660 gallons of fuel oil per hour..
The width of RTA96-C is measued at 26.59 meters as it stands at the height of 13.5 meters.
Piston and rod assembly:
6. Largest Propeller
The world’s largest propeller is made by the German company, Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH. It has a 131 tons in weight, and currently propels Emma Maersk.
Here’s a little bonus for all of you: