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
Seawise Giant Oil tanker 458.46 m (1,504.1 ft) 564,650 DWT 260,851 GT 1979–2009 Broken up Originally smaller, jumboisation would make Seawise Giant the largest ship ever by length, displacement (657,019 tonnes), and deadweight tonnage. Knock Nevis.jpg [1]
Batillus class (4 ships) Oil tanker 414.22 m (1,359.0 ft) 553,661–555,051 DWT 273,550–274,837 GT 1976–2003 Broken up The four Batillus-class supertankers were the largest and longest ships ever to be laid down per original plans. They were the largest ever when measuring gross tonnage, and were second only to Seawise Giant (post its jumboisation) for deadweight tonnage and length overall. With minor differences between the sister ships, Pierre Guillaumat was the largest of the four. All were built by 1979, three were retired by 1986, only Prairial sailed to 2003. Batillus tanker in Saint-Nazaire.jpg [2]
Esso Atlantic
Esso Pacific
Oil tanker 406.57 m (1,333.9 ft) 516,421–516,891 DWT 247,160–247,161 GT 1977–2002 Broken up Esso Pacific.jpg [6]
CSCL Globe Container ship 399.67 m (1,311 ft) 184,320 DWT 187,541 GT 2014– In service CSCL Globe arriving at Felixstowe, United Kingdom.jpg [7]
Pioneering Spirit Crane vessel 382 m (1,253 ft) 50,000 DWT 403,342 GT 2014– In service Pioneering Spirit is the largest twin-hulled vessel ever built as well as, at 124 metres (407 ft), the widest ship in the world. Pieter Schelte (ship, 2014) 002.jpg [8][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 largest bulk carriers ever constructed by deadweight tonnage and length overall. Vale Rio de Janeiro 20120108 01.jpg [11]
Oasis class (3 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 largest passenger ships ever built by gross tonnage, length overall and passenger capacity. A third ship is under construction and a fourth one has been ordered.[12] Oasis of the Seas.jpg [13]
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 [14][15]
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. Inactivated in December 2012. USS Enterprise (CVN-65).jpg [16][17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Auke Visser. "Jahre Viking". International Super Tankers. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  2. ^ Auke Visser. "Batillus". International Super Tankers. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  3. ^ Auke Visser. "Pierre Guillaumat". International Super Tankers. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  4. ^ Auke Visser. "Bellamya". International Super Tankers. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  5. ^ Auke Visser. "Prairial". International Super Tankers. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  6. ^ Auke Visser. "Kapetan Giannes". International Super Tankers. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  7. ^ "CSCL Globe (117654)". Register online. Germanischer Lloyd. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  8. ^ "Pieter Schelte (9593505)". Equasis. French Ministry for Transport. Retrieved 2014-10-14. (registration required (help)). 
  9. ^ Vessel dimensions and capability range. Allseas. Retrieved on 2014-10-14. /
  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. ^ Royal Caribbean Orders Third Oasis-Class Ship from STX France. Cruise Industry News, 27 December 2012. Retrieved on 2012-12-28.
  13. ^ "Oasis of the Seas (27091)". DNV Exchange. Det Norske Veritas. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  14. ^ World Shipping Register. "SHIPS INDEX - Q". Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  15. ^ "Queen Mary 2 (9241061)". Ships In Class. Lloyd's Register. Retrieved 2012-07-19. (subscription required (help)). 
  16. ^ USS Enterprise Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
  17. ^ "Obit for a Carrier". Time. January 7, 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-13.