The Shape of Merchant Shipping

#2
I saw this on the news last night. Apparently these ships will save 15% on fuel however, they are certainaly too big to go through Panama and I'd hazard a guess that they couldn't navigate Suez, Malacca etc either. Surely this would mean that fuel costs would stay level or even rise as the ships would have to take the long way around?
 
#3
You are assuming that they are intended to ply a route that needs them to transit a choke point but they might be intended for the Far East - West Coast USA for example or Atlantic crossings between Europe and USA/Brasil/S America

Pretty sure Maersk know what they are doing.
 
#5
There's a Panamax standard up to which ships can be built if they are going to need to use the Panama canal.

Comparison of sizes

........................Locks..........................Panamax........................New locks................. New Panamax
Length .............1,050 ft (320.04 m) ......965 ft (294.13 m) ..........1,400 ft (427 m)........ 1,200 ft (366 m)
Width................. 110 ft (33.53 m) ........106 ft (32.31 m) ..............180.5 ft (55 m) ...........160.7 ft (49 m)
Depth, draft.......... 41.2 ft (12.56 m) .......39.5 ft (12.04 m) .............60 ft (18.3 m) ............49 ft (15.2 m)
TEU....................................................... 5000................................................................... 12000
 
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