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Also Read Part 1 and Part 2

Want to see how huge container ships harrass small tug boats? Then, make sure to read to the end of this article... but first, let's see what makes the biggest ships in the world "tick":

The Largest Diesel Engine in the World

A couple of photos of a huge diesel engine at the end of Part 2 generated lots of interest, so we decided to dig up more info on that colossal beast:

(images via)

Its name is Wartsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged diesel engine (see the company's website for info); it has 14 cylinders with total output power of 80,080 kW or 108,920 bhp (your Jeep may have 300 bhp).

Its size is comparable to that of a small apartment building: width 26,7 meters, height 13,2 meters:

(image via)

An eighteen-cylinder version of this beast is considered, as well. Here is how the pistons look (they are one meter each in diameter):

Here's a piston & piston rod assembly:

(images via)

Smaller versions of such engines power various supertankers and giant cargo ships:

(original unknown)

They must be also adapting these engines for interstellar Enterprise-type vessels, to battle Klingons more effectively... In any case, a few years ago, in September 2006 a huge 14-cylinder diesel engine was put into service aboard the "Emma Maersk" cargo ship:

Witness "EMMA MAERSK" - The Biggest Container Ship in the World

Crowds watch the arrival of this huge vessel in Rotterdam. The ship can carry between 11,000 and 14,500 containers and is 400 meters long. (for comparison, the Empire State Building is 445 meters tall):

(images credit: Jesper T. Andersen and Christian Hansen)

Some serious size and muscle there, you have to admit. A slightly smaller ship, the "MSC Pamela" looks almost as imposing:

(images credit: Jesper T. Andersen)

To give you a better idea of their scale... Here are some pics that illustrate how big these ships are:

(images credit: N. Schulteiss, MarineTalk)

On the image above right is the World's Largest Propeller, built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). It's 101.5 tons in weight and 9.1 meters in diameter - as large as a 3-story building.

Hey, careful with that container!!!!

(original unknown)

The image above may be Photoshop, but this one is real:

Now... marvel at this group of people (somewhere around Somalia), who decided to by-pass all cargo cranes entirely, demonstrating supreme PERSONAL CONTAINER MANAGEMENT:

(probably container stealing is underway here)

While in seaport, pay respect to tough little tugboats scuttling around: some of them are miserably overworked -

(image via)

...they have to go in the big ships' wakes:

(images via)

They're even "abused" by larger ships - like a little tug in this video, which did not see the ANCHOR coming:


And, for all their hard work, tugboats only end up crushed between the larger ships if they are not nimble enough: here are photos of one such boat after being man-handled by a freighter -

(images credit: DutchPhotoZone)




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Anonymous Alex Becker said...

thats crazy. I think someone fell overboard in that video.

Anonymous Zavala said...

Actually the people on the video are green peace activist trying to stop the other boat. The capitain from the big one decided to drop the anchor on them and well, no one cares for green peace (and those were international seas) so sews didn´t proceed.

Anonymous Rotsblok said...

Actually the last picture is a fishing boat from the netherlands (Z indicates Zierikzee or so)

Anonymous Calli Arcale said...

One of those might not be considered a ship. ;-) Under the huge Maersk ship, and then the slightly less huge container ship, is what looks very much like a self-unloading laker (lake freighter) passing under the Mackinac Bridge, which goes between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. They are so large they can never leave the Great Lakes, and so, as they are therefore not ocean-going, they are called boats. But they can face severe weather as rough as almost any on the ocean, especially this time of year. (Edmund Fitzgerald, anyone?) I'm guessing that one is the Paul R Tregurtha, the largest operating laker at 1,013.5 ft.

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thats not the Mackinac Bridge.
Mighty Mac has three horizontal concrete supports on the main support towers, not metal crisscrossing ones.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are correct about the laker, but that is the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit to Windsor Canada.

Blogger tea_time said...

The tugboat wich is said to have collided with another ship is not a tugboat but a trawler. It didn't collide with another boat either. It collided with the "stormvloedkering" wich is an adjustable barrier against high seas.
By the way its name is Z28, Annie B.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the pistons are not 1 m in diameter, its called a RT-96Flex, so that means the piston has a 96 cm diameter, also the emma maersk is not 400 meters long, "just" 398 m. thats reality...

Blogger bmartret said...

Biggest production facilties ever


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zavala, dont be stupid, its obviously a pilot boat not Greenpeace, as if they would need to drop an anchor on em.......


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