an extract of our list of size record breaking container vessels from 1969 to 1984. Vessels listed in extract are: 1969: Encounter bay (1530 TEUs), 1971: Liverpool bay (2961 TEUs), 1972: Hamburg express (2984 TEUs), 1980: Neptune garnet (3268 TEUs), 1981: Frankfurt express (3430 TEUs), 1984: American New York (4614 TEUs), 1990: Magleby (4819 TEUs), 1994: NYK Altair (4953 TEUs)

Largest container ships by year

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 …

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Container port animation

Today, 18% of the global ocean cargo is moved thanks to shipping containers, container vessels, and container ports or terminals. But how do containers ports work? Container ports can be gigantic like the Shanghai container port through which over 40 000 000 TEUs* pass each year or small local single quays possibly relying on the …

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A picture of a tanker chemical vessel used to illustrate our article on tramper and liner

Liner versus Tramp – ocean transport services

When working with ocean freight and maritime transport, it is important to know and understand the difference between Liner and Tramp.These terms are used to designate a type of ocean transport service and can also be used to designate how a vessel is currently operating.

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2020 world merchant fleet

Based on the publicly available UNCTAD data, the world merchant fleet was composed of over 95,000 vessels in 2020.The total deadweight* of this gigantic fleet was over 2,000,000 thousand tons – meaning that in 2020 the merchant fleet had the capacity to carry (all in : crew, cargo, fuel, ballast,….) over 2,000,000,000 tons at any …

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Some break bulk cargo awaiting loading onto a vessel.

Main types of ocean cargo

The various goods transported by ocean and transiting through ports can be divided in 5 main types of cargo: Liquid Bulk (cca. 29% of the 2018 loaded tons for international maritime trade) Dry Bulk (cca. 46%) Containers (cca. 18%) Roll On Roll Off and Break Bulk. (put together – cca. 7%)

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Gantry cranes in action

A gantry is a bridge-like structure, with side supports, enabling it to span, to be, over something. A gantry crane is exactly that: a crane, which thanks to its supporting side and cross beams, can straddle, be placed above cargo, and approach it from this position.

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