The Worlds Largest Cargo Ship Will Be Too Wide to Fit in the Panama Canal

It has a quarter mile of carrying space

Samsung is building the biggest cargo ship ever. It's a quarter of a mile long. Or four football fields. Or 1,300 feet. You get the point. The thing is huge.

Built for Mitsui OSK Lines, the megaship will carry 20,150 shipping containers. That's a little over 5,000 containers more than the previous largest ship in the world. We imagine unloading that could keep a few stevedores in business for a while.The company is touting the ship as eco-friendly thanks to a number of energy-saving features inside the vessel, which, if true, is a pretty good accomplishment for something so massive.

The whole thing will cost $609 million, but it'll probably make that money back pretty quickly once it's ready to move huge loads of freight in 2017. The mighty vessel will be staying in the Pacific, though. At 193 feet wide, it's too big to fit through the Panama Canal.

Source: Gizmodo