Here are some breathtaking figures about MSC Oscar, the largest vessel in the world.


More than ninety percent of today’s world trade is undertaken by shipping. Over the past decades, this sector has seen the rise of increasingly big vessels in order to benefit from economies of scales and decrease the cost of fuel consumption. For instance, it is said that a shipping container is roughly ten percent less costly in a ship transporting 18,000 standard containers than in one “only carrying” 12,000. During the past year, this size maximization rationale has even been pushed further with the launch of MSC Oscar, which is simply the largest ship ever manufactured in terms of shipping containers it can carry. Here are a few vertiginous figures about the largest vessel in the whole wide world.

Construction costs

MSC Oscar has been constructed by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, for a cost of USD 140 million. This is the equivalent of more than 90 Bugatti Veyron cars, one of the most expensive and exclusive sports cars in the world.


MSC Oscar’s deadweight tonnage is 197,362 tons. Nevertheless, this figure doubles when the ship is at its full capacity, as it can carry as much as 196,000 tons in one single trip.


This huge vessel is considered as the largest of all as it can carry up to 19,224 standard containers, which is 124 more than the CSCL Globe, the former record holder. In other words, it could carry as much as 39,000 cars, 1.15 million washing machines or 117 million pairs of sneakers. Only a crew of 35 sailors at most can navigate on it.



The cargo is 59 meters wide. More impressive, its length reaches 395.4 meters, which is roughly the equivalent of four American football pitches.

Power and speed

MSC Oscar is equipped with an engine releasing as much as 83,800 horsepower, a hundred times more than any of today’s most powerful supercar.  Nevertheless, his maximal speed does not even reach 45 km/h.

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