List Of The 15 Heaviest Ships In The World (With Images)


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Ships have always been rather large in size, but ships in more recent years have been made in epic proportions. Some of them are so massive that they are literally the heaviest ships in the entire world.

This list of the 15 heaviest ships in the world includes cruise ships, container ships, oil tankers, and even a construction vessel.

  • Harmony of the Seas – Gross Tonnage: 226,963
  • Symphony of the Seas – Gross Tonnage: 228,081
  • MSC Mina, MSC Isabella, and MSC Marina – Gross Tonnage: 228,741
  • MSC Gulsun, MSC Samar, and MSC Leni – Gross Tonnage: 232,618
  • TI Class – TI Africa, TI Asia, TI Europe, and TI Oceania – Gross Tonnage: 234,006
  • Nissei Maru – Gross Tonnage: 234,287
  • Globtik London – Gross Tonnage: 238,207
  • Globtik Tokyo – Gross Tonnage: 238,232
  • Sea World – Gross Tonnage: 245,100
  • Esso Pacific – Gross Tonnage: 247,160
  • Esso Atlantic – Gross Tonnage: 259,532
  • Seawise Giant – Gross Tonnage: 260,941
  • Pierre Guillaumat and Prairial – Gross Tonnage: 274,838
  • Batillus and Bellamya – Gross Tonnage: 275,268
  • Pioneering Spirit – Gross Tonnage: 403,342

Terms and Definitions to Help Decide Ship Weight

In this list of the 15 heaviest ships in the world, there are many terms and acronyms that you may not know the meaning of. To fully appreciate the unbelievable size of these incredible ships, it is wise to familiarize yourself with the terminology.

Terms for Ship Weight:

  • Gross Tonnage – the measure of a ship’s total interior volume
  • Deadweight Tonnage – the weight of all cargo, fuel, dry provisions, supplies, and anything else carried on a ship
  • Net Tonnage – the measure of the total interior volume of a ship’s cargo spaces

Measurement Labels:

  • A single ton is equal to 2000 pounds (907kg).
  • A single knot is equal to 15 miles per hour (24km/h).
  • A single barrel is equal to 42 United States gallons (158Liter).

Ship Terms and Acronyms:

  • Draft – the vertical distance between the waterline and the bottom of a ship’s hull
  • TEU – stands for Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit and is used to measure a ship’s cargo-carrying capacity
  • Class – a ship class is a group of ships that have a similar design

These explanations will help you wrap your head around the truly massive size of these ships!

#15 – Harmony of the Seas

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Gross Weight: 226,963 tons

The Harmony of the Seas is a Royal Caribbean Oasis class cruise ship. This luxurious cruise ship was officially launched in 2016, and she is currently the second largest passenger ship in the world by gross tonnage.

Weight Specs:

Gross Tonnage: 226,963

Deadweight Tonnage: N/A

Net Tonnage: N/A

Measurements:

Length: 1,188 ft (362m).

Width: 215.5 ft (65m).

Draft: 30 ft (9m).

Additional Information:

Guest Capacity: 6,780 people

Speed: 22 knots

#14 – Symphony of the Seas

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Gross Weight: 228,081 tons

The Symphony of the Seas is a Royal Caribbean Oasis class cruise ship. This incredible ship is the younger sister of Harmony of the Seas. She officially launched in 2018 and is currently the largest passenger ship in the world by gross tonnage.

Weight Specs:

Gross Tonnage: 228,081

Deadweight Tonnage: N/A

Net Tonnage: N/A

Measurements:

Length: 1,188 ft (362m).

Width: 215.5 ft (65m).

Draft: 30 ft (9m).

Additional Information:

Guest Capacity: 6,680 people

Speed: 22 knots

#13 – MSC Mina, MSC Isabella, and MSC Marina

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Gross Weight: 228,741 tons

The Mina, Isabella, and Marina are all MSC Megamax-24 container ships that share the same gross tonnage. These three ships are the second largest container ships in the world and are part of an 11-ship series that was commissioned in 2017.

Weight Specs:

Gross Tonnage: 228,741

Deadweight Tonnage: 197,500

Net Tonnage: N/A

Measurements:

Length: 1,312 ft (399m).

Width: 200 ft (60m).

Draft: 54 ft (16m).

Additional Information:

Capacity: 23,656 TEU

Speed: 24-26 knots

#12 – MSC Gulsun, MSC Samar, and MSC Leni

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Gross Weight: 232,618 tons

The Gulsun, Samar, and Leni are all MSC Megamax-24 container ships that share the same gross tonnage. These three ships are the largest container ships in the world and are part of an 11-ship series that was commissioned in 2017.

Weight Specs:

Gross Tonnage: 232,618

Deadweight Tonnage: 197,500

Net Tonnage: N/A

Measurements:

Length: 1,312 ft (399m).

Width: 202 ft (61m).

Draft: 54 ft (16m).

Additional Information:

Capacity: 23,756 TEU

Speed: 24-25 knots

#11 – TI Class – TI Africa, TI Asia, TI Europe, and TI Oceania

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Gross Weight: 234,006 tons

The TI Class of supertankers consists of 4 ships – named Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania – that all share the same gross tonnage. These four ships were constructed in 2002 and 2003. Their original names were Hellespont Alhambra, Hellespont Fairfax, Hellespont Metropolis, and Hellespont Tara, respectively.

Weight Specs:

Gross Tonnage: 234,006

Deadweight Tonnage: 441,893

Net Tonnage: 162,477

Measurements:

Length: 1,243 ft (381m).

Width: 223 ft (67m).

Draft: 80.5 ft (24m).

Additional Information:

Capacity: 3,166,353 barrels

Speed: 16.5 knots

#10 – Nissei Maru

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Gross Weight: 234,287 tons

The Nissei Maru is a Globtik Tokyo class supertanker. When this ultra large crude carrier, or ULCC, was launched in 1975, it was the largest oil tanker in the world.

Weight Specs:

Gross Tonnage: 234,287

Deadweight Tonnage: 484,337

Net Tonnage: 184,884

Measurements:

Length: 1,243 ft (381m).

Width: 204 ft (62m).

Draft: 93 ft (28m).

Additional Information:

Capacity: up to 4 million barrels

Speed: 14.25 knots

#9 – Globtik London

Gross Weight: 238,207 tons

The Globtik London is a Globtick Tokyo class supertanker. This crude oil tanker set sail in 1973 as the second largest oil tanker in the world.

Weight Specs:

Gross Tonnage: 238,207

Deadweight Tonnage: 483,960

Net Tonnage: 184,190

Measurements:

Length: 1,243 ft ( m).

Width: 204 ft ( m).

Draft: 93 ft ( m).

Additional Information:

Capacity: 3.65 million barrels

Speed: 14.8 knots

#8 – Globtik Tokyo

Gross Weight: 238,232 tons

The Globtik Tokyo is a Globtik Tokyo class supertanker. This oil tanker is the largest of the 3 oil tankers in the Globtik Tokyo class, making her the largest crude oil tanker in the world. She was launched in 1972.

Weight Specs:

Gross Tonnage: 238,232

Deadweight Tonnage: 483,684

Net Tonnage: 184,190

Measurements:

Length: 1,243 ft ( m).

Width: 204 ft ( m).

Draft: 93 ft ( m).

Additional Information:

Capacity: 3.65 million barrels

Speed: 17 knots

#7 – Sea World

Gross Weight: 245,100 tons

The Sea World is a supertanker. She held the title of the widest ship ever built for a very long time. Her other names are King Alexander and TT Nanny. Sea World was built in 1978.

Weight Specs:

Gross Tonnage: 245,100

Deadweight Tonnage: 491,120

Net Tonnage: N/A

Measurements:

Length: 1,194 ft ( m).

Width: 259 ft ( m).

Draft: 79 ft ( m).

Additional Information:

Capacity: approximately 2,000,000 barrels

Speed: 21.6 knots

#6 – Esso Pacific

Gross Weight: 247,160 tons

The Esso Pacific is an Esso Atlantic class supertanker. This ULCC is one of the two members of the Esso Atlantic class. When it was built in 1977, it was one of only seven ships to ever have a deadweight capacity of over half a million tons. In 1990, she was sold to another shipping company and renamed Kapetan Michalis.

Weight Specs:

Gross Tonnage: 247,160

Deadweight Tonnage: 508,628

Net Tonnage: 186,500

Measurements:

Length: 1,334 ft ( m).

Width: 233 ft ( m).

Draft: 83 ft ( m).

Additional Information:

Capacity: up to 4 million barrels

Speed: 15.5 knots

#5 – Esso Atlantic

Gross Weight: 259,532 tons

The Esso Atlantic is an Esso Atlantic class supertanker. This ULCC is the other member of the Esso Atlantic class and is also one of only seven ships that surpassed a half million tons of deadweight when it set sail in 1977. In 1990, she was sold and renamed Kapetan Giannis.

Weight Specs:

Gross Tonnage: 259,532

Deadweight Tonnage: 508,628

Net Tonnage: 186,500

Measurements:

Length: 1,334 ft (406m).

Width: 233 ft ( m).

Draft: 83 ft ( m).

Additional Information:

Capacity: up to 4 million barrels

Speed: 15.5 knots

#4 – Seawise Giant

Gross Weight: 260,941 tons

The Seawise Giant is a supertanker. She has been known by many names – Happy Giant, Jahre Viking, Knock Nevis, Oppama, and Mont. This ULCC was the longest ship ever built when she was constructed in 1979, and she also boasted the highest deadweight tonnage ever recorded.

Weight Specs:

Gross Tonnage: 260,941

Deadweight Tonnage: 564,763

Net Tonnage: 214,793

Measurements:

Length: 1,504 ft (458m).

Width: 226 ft (68m).

Draft: 81 ft (24m).

Additional Information:

Capacity: up to 4 million barrels

Speed: 16.5 knots

#3 – Pierre Guillaumat and Prairial

Gross Weight: 274,838 tons

The Pierre Guillaumat and the Prairial are both Batillus class supertankers that share the same gross tonnage. Pierre Guillaumat was built in 1977. Prairial was built in 1979. These two tankers were members of the 4-tanker Batillus class. Prairial was the only one in the class to be renamed – going by the names Sea Brilliance, Hellas Fos, and Sea Giant.

Weight Specs:

Gross Tonnage: 274,838

Deadweight Tonnage: 555,051

Net Tonnage: N/A

Measurements:

Length: 1,359 ft (414m).

Width: 207 ft.

Draft: 93.5 ft.

Additional Information:

Capacity: up to 4 million barrels

Speed: 16 knots

#2 – Batillus and Bellamya

Gross Weight: 275,268 tons

The Batillus and the Bellamya are both Batillus class supertankers that share the same gross tonnage. These two ships were built in 1976 and are the other two members of the 4-tanker Batillus class. The Batillus class was special because it was built in such a way that allowed it to be more easily operated in emergency situations than other supertankers.

Weight Specs:

Gross Tonnage: 275,268

Deadweight Tonnage: 553,662

Net Tonnage: 225,473

Measurements:

Length: 1,359 ft (414,m)

Width: 207 ft (63m).

Draft: 93.5 ft (28m).

Additional Information:

Capacity: up to 4 million barrels

Speed: 16 knots

#1 – Pioneering Spirit

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Gross Weight: 403,342 tons

The Pioneering Spirit is a crane vessel that is, quite literally, the heaviest ship in the world. Its original name was Pieter Schelte, and its job as the largest construction vessel in the world is to install and remove oil and gas platforms and install pipelines. She has two barges that assist her named Iron Lady and Bumblebee. It was launched in 2013.

Just watch this video to see this monster in action:

Weight Specs:

Gross Tonnage: 403,342

Deadweight Tonnage: 499,125

Net Tonnage: N/A

Measurements:

Length: 1,253 ft (380m).

Width: 407 ft (124m).

Draft: 33-49 ft (around 12m).

Additional Information:

Capacity: 48,000 ton topside lift capacity, 25,000 ton jacket lift capacity, and 2,000 ton pipelay tension capacity

Speed: 14 knots

 

Niklas

The weight of stuff has been an interest of mine ever since I was a child. What I believe is most fascinating about weight is how extremely heavy some objects are both on earth and in the universe.

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