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COSCO Shipping's Ultra-Large Container Ship “Universe” Delivered”

15.6.2018

A new Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV), COSCO Shipping Universe, which is among the world’s largest, was officially delivered by Jiangnan Shipyard Group Co Ltd to COSCO in Shanghai on June 12.

The “Universe”, designed by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s 708 Research Institute, is the first ship to be delivered from a batch of six 21-thousand TEU-size container vessels. The “Universe” has broken China's record for the largest container ship, a record only set in May by another COSCO container ship, “Virgo”, which has a cargo capacity of 20,119 TEU and was delivered by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding.

This record-breaking “Universe” boasts an overall length of 399.9 meters, a molded breadth of 58.6 meters, a molded depth of 33.5 meters and an overall height of 72 meters (equivalent to a 24-storey building), with a maximum carrying capacity of 21,237 TEU and a dead-weight of 198,000 tons. It is designed to travel at 22 knots.

The ship can stack 12 storeys of containers in its holds, while its deck can carry 1,000 forty-foot reefer containers and also has dedicated spaces for 45-foot containers.

Despite its huge size and cargo capacity, the “Universe” is, actually, quite eco-friendly. The ship, with a custom designed hull form and rudder propellers, boasts an energy efficiency design index at least 50% lower than the benchmark value, already meeting Phase 3 requirements set by the International Maritime Organization.

Moreover, the “Universe” features such intelligent systems as a cabin monitoring and alarm system, an advanced pilot control system, a local area network system and a satellite communication system on board to ensure a safe voyage.

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