A Timelapse Showing The Biggest Ship On Earth Getting Built

Remember those time lapse movies that show a harbor or a sea port via a tilt shift lens and they look like a set of Playmobil sets.

A Timelapse Showing The Biggest Ship On Earth Getting Built

This time lapse made by the Discovery Channel beats them all. It shows the assembly stage of Maersk Line’s very first Triple-E vessel. While it is a huge ship, the 3-month, 50,000 photos time lapse makes the assembly look like a child play.

A Timelapse Showing The Biggest Ship On Earth Getting Built

The triple E built in DSME shipyard in Korea is 400 meters long, 59 meters wide and 73 meters tall. and capable of carrying 18,000 containers in a single trip. Imagine 5 soccer courts stitched together as a size reference. I really have no idea how to give a sense of weight to the thing, it is a class of its own. The BBC has a nice way of putting it:

Or, to put it another way, they would fill more than 30 trains, each a
mile long and stacked two containers high. Inside those containers, you
could fit 36,000 cars or 863 million tins of baked beans
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Here is one of the main body parts – cyclist on the lower right for scale

A Timelapse Showing The Biggest Ship On Earth Getting Built

A Timelapse Showing The Biggest Ship On Earth Getting Built

A show describing the build is scheduled to air with the Discovery Channel in November this year.

  • Charles O. Slavens

    Will this ship go through the new and improved Panama Canel?