The first vessel to break beyond the 24,000 teu capacity barrier has been spotted in container transportation.

The CSSC-controlled Jiangnan Changxing Shipyard recently floated the 24,004 teu Ever Alot, the first of six megamaxes Evergreen has contracted with CSSC.

“With an intake of 24,004 teu, the six conventionally-powered sisters will be the world’s largest container ships in terms of nominal box intake and the first to break the ‘magic’ 24,000 teu barrier,” Alphaliner pointed out in its most recent weekly report.

The ship was once marketed as having a capacity of 23,888 teu. Evergreen will beat a series of six 23,992 teu ships built by Samsung Heavy Industries to become the new world record holder in the huge boxship stakes with the 399.99 m long Ever Alot. The Ever Alot is expected to be delivered in May.

Containership size records have been broken on a regular basis in recent years, with the 20,000 teu mark being broken for the first time in 2017. Since the beginning of the century, the carrying capacity of boxships has more than tripled.

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