This is a list of container ship
s with a capacity larger than 20,000 twenty-foot equivalent units
Container ships have been built in increasingly larger sizes to take advantage of economies of scale
and reduce expense as part of intermodal freight transport
. Container ships are also subject to certain limitations in size
. Primarily, these are the availability of sufficiently large main engines and the availability of a sufficient number of ports and terminals prepared and equipped to handle ultra-large container ships. Furthermore, some of the world's main waterways such as the Suez Canal
and Singapore Strait
restrict the maximum dimensions of a ship that can pass through them.
In 2016, Prokopowicz and Berg-Andreassen defined a container ship with a capacity of 10,000 to 20,000 TEU as a Very Large Container Ship (VLCS), and one with a capacity greater than 20,000 TEU as an Ultra Large Container Ship (ULCS).
Ships on order
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