Friday, October 17, 2014

Check out the Maersk Matz, the largest ship in the world

The Matz Maersk Triple E is the largest ship ever built, and this Wired article features some glorious shots of the vessel by photographer Alastair Philip Wiper, who captured the images at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering factory in the South Korean port of Opko.

Too big for the Panama Canal, the 18,000-TEU Matz can shimmy through the Suez, at 194 feet wide and 1,312 feet long. Its propellers weigh 70 tons each.

"The shipyard, about an hour from Busan in the south of the country, employs about 46,000 people, and could reasonably be described as the worlds biggest Legoland," said Wiper. "Smiling workers cycle around the huge shipyard as massive, abstractly over proportioned chunks of ships are craned around and set into place: the Triple E is just one small part of the output of the shipyard, as around 100 other vessels including oil rigs are in various stages of completion at the any time."

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