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World's Largest Container Ship Leaves Shanghai for Europe

Dec. 10, 2014

The world's largest container vessel, the CSCL Globe, set off Monday on its maiden voyage to Europe from Shanghai, ship owner China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) said.

The giant 400-meter long, 60-meter wide vessel sailed from the eastern Chinese city's Yangshan port, the company said.

The vessel is the first of five 19,100-TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) container ships that CSCL ordered in 2013 from South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries and was delivered in November, according to CSCL.

It is the world's "biggest and most advanced" container ship, outstripping international shipping firm Maersk Line's 18,000-TEU ship in terms of capacity, the firm said, calling it the "A380 of the shipping industry" in a reference to the giant Airbus passenger jet.

If stacked end to end, the 19,100 standard containers it can carry would be more than five times the height of Mount Everest, the statement said.

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