Starting in 2013, the largest cargo ships in the world will be rolling off the assembly line and onto the water. Shipping and oil drilling company Maersk has just ordered the largest ship in the world to be built by Korea's Daewoo Shipbuiling and Marine Manufacturing. It will be a cargo ship that's 400 meters long, a much larger version of the already-vast ships pictured here.

And its capacity to carry 18,000 cargo containers makes it the ideal post-apocalyptic city, able to float its residents across the ice-free Arctic Sea in search of lands that haven't been flooded by global warming.


According to AFP:

Earlier in Seoul, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, the country's second largest shipbuilder, said it would sign the contract for the ships, each with a capacity of 18,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) containers.

"The new vessels will not just set a new benchmark for size; in addition, they will ensure Maersk Line reaches its goals at the lowest possible cost," Moller-Maersk said in a statement.

The new container vessels, at 400 metres long, 59 metres wide and 73 metres tall, will be "the largest vessel of any type known to be in operation," but emit half as much carbon dioxide as the industry average for Asia/Europe trade, the statement added.


One of the only ships bigger than the new Maersk line ship was a supertanker called Seawise Giant, which came in at 458 meters. After decades of work, the ship was recently sold as scrap.

via Telstar Logistic