In this section, Statista presents the most relevant and up-to-date facts relating to the manufacture of ships. The major categories in this industry cover passenger ships, tankers and dry cargo ships, including container vessels.
Worldwide, the biggest passenger ships in service are the Oasis class vessels operated by Royal Caribbean International, the second-largest cruise line company globally. The billion-dollar cruise ships ‘Allure of the Seas’ and ‘Oasis of the Seas’ were built between 2006 and 2009 by STX Europe.
The biggest freight ships in service can be divided into Supertankers and Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCV). While Supertankers include the group of Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) and Ultra Large Crude Carriers (ULCC), Ultra Large Container Vessels include the subcategory of Triple E container vessels. South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding received contracts to build such ships for Denmark’s Maersk, the second largest container shipper worldwide. Triple-E stands for "energy efficient", "economies of scale" and "environmentally improved". The 400 meter-long Triple E megahaulers are widely regarded as the most efficient container ships per twenty-foot equivalent of cargo. The MSC Oscar and the CSCL Globe are two of the world's largest container ships. They were constructed by DSME and Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea.
China, South Korea, and Japan are the world’s main shipbuilding nations. Globally, the leading shipyards include Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries. Picture: istockphoto.com / illcha