In the below table, you can find our list of largest container vessels, in terms of TEU capacity, by year – the record breaking container vessel of the year.
The data it contains is based on our own research and publicly available information. It is often based on our interpretation of possibly diverging or even contradictory information and therefore may contain incorrect information or certain record breaking vessels may have been missed.
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If a year or multiple year windows are not listed it means that based on our information the previous record breaking vessel was still holding the record.
For example, American New York was the largest container vessel from 1984 until 1990 when Magleby was built.
This data is used in our article on the largest container ships and the evolution of container ships which can be found here.
|Year||Original name||IMO||TEU capacity|
|1984||American New York||8212611||4,614|
|2012||CMA CGM Marco Polo||9454436||16,020|
|2013||Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller||9619907||18,270|
|2017||OOCL Hong Kong||9776171||21,413|
Recommended reading – “The evolution of container ships and their sizes“