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SuperSize It, Please!

Cargo freighters carrying containers are getting bigger and bigger, or should it be huger and huger. Consider this data about past "biggest" freighters:

Kamakura Maru:

  • Completed in 1971
  • Length was 856 feet
  • Width was 106 feet
  • Capacity was 2450 containers
  • Lexa Maersk:
  • Completed in 2001
  • Length was 872 feet
  • Width was 122 feet
  • Capacity was 4045 containers
  • Emma Maersk:
  • Completed in 2006
  • Length was 1303 feet
  • Width was 184 feet
  • Capacity was 11000 containers
  • Question: Based on these three ships and the trend to "supersize" them, what would you expect the data to be for a freighter under production now and soon to be released:

    Malacca-Max:

  • Completed in 2010 (est)
  • Length will be ? feet
  • Width will be ? feet
  • Capacity will be ? containers
  • You can find answers to these questions at Wikipedia's description of Malaccamax which has now become "a naval architecture term for the largest size of ship capable of fitting through the 25 metres (82 ft)-deep Strait of Malacca" by Singapore.

    Source: Wired, November 2006, p. 70