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"The world's biggest ship - for 53 days
The world's largest container ship, the Globe, is docking in Britain for the first time as it continues its maiden voyage. But how vast and powerful is it and how long until it's superseded?
The Globe is more than 400m (1,312ft) long, the equivalent of eight Olympic-size swimming pools. It is 56.8m (186ft) wide and 73m (240ft) high, its gross tonnage is 186,000 - the equivalent of 14,500 London buses, according to the Port of Felixstowe, where it arrived on Wednesday." BBC News - The world's biggest ship - for 53 days


I don't care what the Colregs say, I'm giving these guys a WIDE birth, period.

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"The world's biggest ship - for 53 days
The world's largest container ship, the Globe, is docking in Britain for the first time as it continues its maiden voyage. But how vast and powerful is it and how long until it's superseded?
The Globe is more than 400m (1,312ft) long, the equivalent of eight Olympic-size swimming pools. It is 56.8m (186ft) wide and 73m (240ft) high, its gross tonnage is 186,000 - the equivalent of 14,500 London buses, according to the Port of Felixstowe, where it arrived on Wednesday." BBC News - The world's biggest ship - for 53 days


I don't care what the Colregs say, I'm giving these guys a WIDE birth, period.
I hear it takes an entire month to turn and two weeks to stop, from full cruise speed........
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I though ship builders limited the size of container ships so they would fit in the locks of canals.
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I bet its controlled by a joystick as is as maneuverable as 40 foot sail boat.

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So when do these buyers realize that several smaller ships with more efficient screws are more capable to move cargo... or better stated more flexible to go elsewhere in pinch?

probably about the time fuel costs go up again.

Can someone answer for me why they build these massive direct-drive engines, instead of taking the freight train approach of hybrid drives (diesel engines driving generators for power, then electric motors driving the locomotive)... Or is it just inefficient to have multiple "screws," better to have 1 large one than several small ones?

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It has been a long time but are not the Panama locks 1000' long? Wonder how much extra fuel and time to go around?

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It has been a long time but are not the Panama locks 1000' long? Wonder how much extra fuel and time to go around?
That's what I was thinking. Maybe this one is for a dedicated route that doesn't go through the Panama canal.
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Can someone answer for me why they build these massive direct-drive engines, instead of taking the freight train approach of hybrid drives (diesel engines driving generators for power, then electric motors driving the locomotive)... Or is it just inefficient to have multiple "screws," better to have 1 large one than several small ones?
I always wondered why cars aren't done that way either. A small diesel generator powering and electric car....
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China is planning a Nicaragua canal. It is likely being designed to handle larger ships.
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