CSCL Globe

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CSCL Globe arriving at Felixstowe, United Kingdom.jpg
MV CSCL Globe arriving at the Port of Felixstowe, England, during its maiden voyage in January 2015.
Name: CSCL Globe
Operator: China Shipping Container Lines
Port of registry: Hong Kong
Ordered: May 2013
Builder: Hyundai Heavy Industries
Launched: 23 August 2014[1]
Maiden voyage: December 2014
Status: Operational
General characteristics
Type: Container ship
Length: 400 m (1,312 ft)[3]
Beam: 59 m (194 ft)[2]
Draft: 16.0 m (52.5 ft)[2]
Installed power: 69,720 kW at 84 rpm[4]
Propulsion: MAN B&W 12S90ME-C[4]
  • 22.0 knots (41 km/h) (maximum)
  • 20.5 knots (38 km/h) (cruising)
Capacity: 19,100 TEU[3]
Crew: 31[5]

MV CSCL Globe is a container ship owned and operated by China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL). The first of a class of five ships intended for Asia-Europe trade routes,[6] she was the largest container ship in the world at the time of her launch in November 2014,[7] with a maximum capacity of 19,100 twenty-foot containers.[3]


CSCL Globe and her four sister ships were ordered by CSCL in May 2013.[8] The ship was constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries at their shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea, with the first steel for the hull cut in January 2014.[4] CSCL Globe completed her sea trials in October 2014, and was officially launched in November 2014.[4] Upon its entry into service, CSCL Globe superseded Mærsk's Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller as the world's largest operational container ship.[3]

Design and engineering[edit]

CSCL Globe has an overall length of 400 m (1,312 ft), a beam of 59 m (194 ft) and a summer draft of 16.0 m (52.5 ft). With a deadweight of 184,605 DWT and a gross tonnage of 187,541 GT, the vessel can carry 19,100 TEU with 2,000 reefer points. The vessel is constructed to DNV GL class standards. While Mærsk's E-class vessels are operated by a crew of 13, the Globe class has 31 on board, an unusually large crew for a modern vessel.[5]

CSCL Globe's main engine is a MAN B&W 12S90ME-C with a total output power of 69,720 kW at 84 rpm. At the time of her completion, the 17-metre (56 ft) tall engine was the largest ship engine ever built.[4] Designed to maximise fuel efficiency while reducing noise and carbon dioxide emissions, it permits the ship a service speed of 20.5 knots (38 km/h), while the maximum speed attained during sea trials exceeded 22.0 knots (41 km/h).


CSCL Globe left Shanghai, China, on her maiden voyage in early December 2014,[4] and arrived at its first port of call – Felixstowe, England – on 7 January 2015.[7] In January 2015, CSCL Globe was superseded as the world's largest container ship by Mediterranean Shipping Company's MSC Oscar, which exceeded her TEU capacity by 124 containers.[9]

2016 accident of the CSCL Indian Ocean[edit]

CSCL Indian Ocean grounded.

On February 3, 2016, CSCL Globe's sister ship, CSCL Indian Ocean, reported failure of her steering gear. The Wasserschutzpolizei Hamburg reported the ship was run aground at 10:20 pm on the north Sea lane of the Unterelbe nearby Lühesand island in the river Elbe.[10]

After two attempts of freeing the ship with up to seven tugs, the German authority took over the command on February 4, 2016. On February 5, 2016, up to 2000 tons of fuel was pumped out to reduce the draft of the ship.[11]

On February 9, 2016, the ship was freed up on the river Elbe at 2:00 in the morning by 12 tug boats. The spring tide at new moon was used for this maneuver. The tide was 1.2 m higher than usual.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "DNV GL: CSCL Globe". Retrieved 2016-09-01. 
  2. ^ a b c "CSCL Globe". January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d "The world's biggest ship - for 53 days". BBC. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "CSCL Globe Container Ship". 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "World's largest ship arrives in UK today". Daily Mail. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "World's largest container ship". Economic Times. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Tovey, Alan (7 January 2015). "A quarter of a mile long and arriving here now - the world's biggest ship docks in Britain". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "World's largest capacity container ship embarks on maiden voyage". 7 December 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Stromberg, Joseph (8 January 2015). "The MSC Oscar just became the world's biggest container ship". Vox. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Containerschiff in der Elbe auf Grund gelaufen" (PDF). Havariekommando. 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  11. ^ "POL-HH: 160204-2. Containerschiff "CSCL INDIAN OCEAN" auf Grund gelaufen - Wasserschutzpolizei ermittelt". 
  12. ^ 9. Februar 2016: Havarierter Containerriese wieder frei

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