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HMM Algeciras: The world’s largest container ship

HMM Algeciras

The massive HMM Algeciras, which is longer than the Eiffel Tower and can hold a staggering 24,000 containers.

The 400m (1,312ft) long and 61m (200ft) wide ship, which was only completed last year (2020), was delivering a variety of goods to the DP World Gateway London terminal in Essex.

In comparison, the legendary Titanic, which was the biggest liner in the world when it was launched in 1912, was 269m long and 28m wide. The current one is the HMM Algeciras launched in 2020, which is 400m long and 61m wide.

The ship is longer than London’s The Shard 310m, the Eiffel Tower 324m in Paris and is comparable in length to the Empire State Building 443m in New York.

Comparision between HMM Algeciras & the Titanic, Eiffel Ttower, Empire State, The Shard

Peter Livey, managing director for Britain at South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), which owns the vessel, described the voyage as a “major milestone.

Peter Livey said: “Ships of this size give us the capacity and flexibility to get our customers’ goods to the right place at the right time.”

The ship can travel at up to 12.9 knots and has a gross tonnage of 228,283. It is sailing under the flag of Panama.

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