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World's biggest ship docks in Hamburg

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World's biggest ship docks in Hamburg
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11:13 CET+01:00
Chinese container ship 'The Globe' docked at the port of Hamburg on Tuesday as part of its maiden voyage.

The Globe, owned by Shanghai-based China Shipping Container Lines, is 56.8 metres, 73 metres high and 400 metres long - about the size of eight Olympic-sized swimming pools. It weighs 186,000 tons.

The gargantuan size allows it to carry as many as 19,100 standard 20-foot (or roughly six metre-long) containers.

According to the BBC, that means the ship could carry 156 million pairs of shoes, 300 million tablet computers or 900 million standard tins of baked beans.

It is the first of five sister ships that the Chinese company will use to ship products between Asia and Europe.

The Globe began its trek from China in early December and is expected to return by February 25th.

The Danish Triple-E ship was formerly the world's largest cargo ship, able to carry more than 18,000 standard containers.

The Globe is due to lose it's title as the world's largest when the Oscar, owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company and built by Daewoo in South Korea, launches on January 25th.

The Oscar will be able to carry 19,224 standard containers.

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