List of world's longest ships

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Size comparison between five of the longest ships of their type

The world's longest ships are listed according to their overall length (LOA), which is the maximum length of the vessel measured between the extreme points in fore and aft. In addition, the ships' deadweight tonnage (DWT) and gross tonnage (GT) are presented as they are often used to describe the size of a vessel.

The list includes the current record-holders, either as individual ships or ship classes, of each major ship type as well as longer vessels that have been scrapped.

Name Type Length overall DWT GT/GRT In service Status Notes Image Ref
Prelude FLNG plant 488 m (1,601 ft) 600,000 DWT 2017- Under construction Prelude is a floating liquefied natural gas plant currently under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries, South Korea, for Royal Dutch Shell. Despite being the longest and largest floating object ever built, she is not self-propelled and thus will not surpass Seawise Giant as the largest and longest ship ever built. [1]
Seawise Giant Oil tanker 458.46 m (1,504.1 ft) 564,650 DWT tonnes 260,851 GT 1979–2009 Broken up Seawise Giant became the longest and largest ship by deadweight tonnage after lengthening. Knock Nevis.jpg [2]
Pierre Guillaumat Oil tanker 414.22 m (1,359.0 ft) 555,051 DWT 274,837 GT 1977–1983 Broken up Pierre Guillaumat was the largest ship by deadweight tonnage ever laid down as well as the largest ship by gross tonnage ever built. Together, with the other Batillus-class supertankers, she was also the longest ship ever laid down. [3]
Batillus Oil tanker 414.22 m (1,359.0 ft) 553,661 DWT 273,550 GT 1976–1985 Broken up Batillus tanker in Saint-Nazaire.jpg [4]
Bellamya Oil tanker 414.22 m (1,359.0 ft) 553,661 DWT 274,267 GT 1976–1986 Broken up [5]
Prairial Oil tanker 414.22 m (1,359.0 ft) 555,046 DWT 274,825 GT 1979–2003 Broken up [6]
Esso Atlantic Oil tanker 406.57 m (1,333.9 ft) 516,891 DWT 247,161 GT 1977–2002 Broken up [7]
Esso Pacific Oil tanker 406.57 m (1,333.9 ft) 516,421 DWT 247,160 GT 1977–2002 Broken up [8]
Maersk Triple E class (20 ships) Container ship 399 m (1,309 ft) 196,000 DWT 174,500 GT 2013– In service The twenty identical Maersk Triple E class container ships, first of which entered service in 2013, are the longest cargo ships currently in service. Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller passing Port Said in the Suez Canal on its maiden voyage.jpg [9]
TI class (4 ships) Oil tanker 380 m (1,247 ft) 441,893 DWT 234,006 GT 2002– In service The four TI-class supertankers are the largest ships currently in service by deadweight tonnage. Two ships have been converted to floating storage and offloading (FSO) units. Hellespont Tara-023.JPG [10]
Valemax (35 ships) Bulk carrier 360–362 m (1,181–1,188 ft) 400,000 DWT 200,000 GT 2011– In service The 400,000-ton Valemax ore carriers are the longest bulk carriers ever constructed as well as largest by deadweight tonnage. All 35 ships of this type are expected to be in service by 2013. Vale Rio de Janeiro 20120108 01.jpg [11]
Oasis class (2 ships) Cruise ship 360 m (1,181 ft) 15,000 DWT 225,282 GT 2009– In service Oasis-class cruise ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas are the longest and largest passenger ships ever built by gross tonnage and passenger capacity. Oasis of the Seas.jpg [12]
Queen Mary 2 Ocean liner 345 m (1,132 ft) 19,189 DWT 148,527 GT 2003– In service Queen Mary 2 outbound from Southampton 2 Sept 2013.jpg [13][14]
Q-Max (14 ships) LNG carrier 345 m (1,132 ft) 128,900 DWT 163,922 GT 2008– In service
USS Enterprise Aircraft carrier 342 m (1,122 ft) 1961–2013 Retired Longest warship ever built. Decommissioned in March 2013. USS Enterprise (CVN-65).jpg [15][16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lucy Kinder. "World's Largest "Ship" Bigger than Empire State Building Launches". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  2. ^ Auke Visser. "Jahre Viking". International Super Tankers. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  3. ^ Auke Visser. "Pierre Guillaumat". International Super Tankers. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  4. ^ Auke Visser. "Batillus". International Super Tankers. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  5. ^ Auke Visser. "Bellamya". International Super Tankers. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  6. ^ Auke Visser. "Prairial". International Super Tankers. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  7. ^ Auke Visser. "Kapetan Giannes". International Super Tankers. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  8. ^ Auke Visser. "Esso Pacific". International Super Tankers. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  9. ^ "Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller (9619907)". ABS Record. American Bureau of Shipping. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
  10. ^ Auke Visser. "TI Africa". International Super Tankers. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  11. ^ "Vale Brasil (30616)". DNV Exchange. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2013-05-19.
  12. ^ "Oasis of the Seas (27091)". DNV Exchange. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2012-11-15.
  13. ^ World Shipping Register. "SHIPS INDEX - Q". Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  14. ^ "Queen Mary 2 (9241061)". Ships In Class. Lloyd's Register. Retrieved 2012-07-19. (subscription required)
  15. ^ USS Enterprise Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
  16. ^ "Obit for a Carrier". Time. January 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-13.