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Biggest Ships in the World Arrive in Rotterdam

(With extra pictures and infographic) On Thursday 8 January, the Pieter Schelte arrived in Rotterdam, the world’s largest ship. On Sunday, the CSCL Globe followed, the world’s largest container ship.

With a length of 382 metres and a phenomenal width of 124 metres, the Pieter Schelte is the biggest ship in the world. It was designed and developed by the Dutch-Swiss offshore company Allseas.

The Pieter Schelte will spend the next four months in Rotterdam undergoing final assembly in the inner lake of Maasvlakte 2. Among other things, 65-metre long support beams will be fitted to the ship. Including this work, the spin-off of the total construction of the vessel for Dutch business is estimated at € 700 million. This involves 440 different Dutch companies.

Offshore on the Maasvlakte

‘The arrival of the Pieter Schelte in Rotterdam is in line with Port Authority policy, which is geared towards strengthening the Rotterdam offshore sector further. In this connection, it is developing new port sites specially for this sector in both the existing port area and on the Maasvlakte. Recently, for example, Franklin Offshore Europe set up business at RDM Rotterdam,’ says Allard Castelein, Port Authority CEO.

Welcoming the Pieter Schelte

The press was invited to welcome the Pieter Schelte on board historic tug boat the Elbe. SWZ Maritime editor Hugo Dill sailed along and took the pictures you find in the album below. Please click the pop-out link (the little squares at the bottom right) to view them in their proper dimensions.

Download an infographic of the Pieter Schelte.

CSCL Globe

The CSCL Globe, the world’s largest container ship arrived Sunday 11 January at 5.30 am at the Euromax Terminal.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.

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