MSC Oscar

MSC Oscar, and sister ships MSC Zoe and MSC Oliver, are large container ships.[5][6] Christened on 8 January 2015, MSC Oscar was recognised as the largest container ship in the world; until then CSCL Globe, inaugurated in November 2014, had been the largest.[7]

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MV MSC Oscar arriving at the Port of Rotterdam
Name: MSC Oscar
Owner: Mediterranean Shipping Company
Operator: Mediterranean Shipping Company
Port of registry: Panama Panama[1]
Builder: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME)
Cost: $140m
Completed: December 2014
Identification:IMO number9703291[1]
General characteristics
Type: Container ship
Tonnage: 197,362 DWT
Length: 395.4 m (1,297 ft)
Beam: 59 m (194 ft)
Draught: 16m
Ice class: none
Installed power: MAN B&W 11S90ME-C two-stroke diesel engine; output: 62.5 MW (83,800 hp)[2]
Propulsion: Single five-blade propeller; blade length: 10.5 m (34 ft)[2]
Speed: 22.8 kn (42.2 km/h; 26.2 mph)[3][4]
Capacity: 19,224 TEU
Crew: Max 35[3]


MSC Oscar takes her name from the son of Diego Aponte, the president and chief executive of owner Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).[3]


MSC Oscar was built by Daewoo in South Korea for US$140m.[3]

Number of containersEdit

The ship was first planned for 18,400 TEU. Upon completion of construction the capacity was 19,224 TEU, including the capacity for 1,800 refrigerated containers. As the deadweight tonnage of the ship is 197,362 DWT, she can only carry a full load of containers if each has a mean weight not exceeding 10.2 tonnes. With average 14-tonne containers, the capacity is around 14,000 TEU.[citation needed]


The vessel's main engine is a two-stroke MAN Diesel 11S90ME-C diesel engine, which has a height of 15.5 m (51 ft), a length of 25 m (82 ft) and a breadth of 11 m (36 ft).[2][4] The engine has a maximum continuous rating of 62.5 MW (83,800 hp) at 82.2 rpm and a normal continuous rating of 56.25 MW (75,430 hp) at 79.4 rpm.[2]

In the mediaEdit

MSC Oscar was the subject of an episode of the television program Mighty Ships,[8] the second episode of the tenth series. Produced by a Canadian company, Exploration Production Inc., the program was first telecast in Canada on December 10, 2017.[9] The series is aired in other countries as well.[10]

The ship was featured in the 2018 Semi-Final of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year. The contestants were halfway through their task of painting Felixstowe Docks when the MSC Oscar appeared.

Sister shipsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "MSC OSCAR". MarineTraffic. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "MSC Oscar Container Ship, Panama". Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Parkinson, Justin (11 March 2015). "On board the world's biggest ship". BBC News Magazine. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b "MAN B&W S90ME-C10.2" (PDF). MAN Diesel & Turbo. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  5. ^ "MSC Oscar". MSC. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  6. ^ Stromberg, Joseph (8 January 2015). "The MSC Oscar just became the world's biggest container ship". Vox. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  7. ^ Stackhouse, Laura (13 January 2015). "The MSC Oscar has already stolen the CSCL Globe's 'biggest ship' title". Marine Trader Online. Archived from the original on 14 January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
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  11. ^ a b "MSC Zoe takes bow in triple-first". Lloyds List. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  12. ^ a b "MSC Oscar becomes the world's largest boxship". Lloyds List. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Video: 19,224 TEU MSC Maya Christened in Antwerp". Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  14. ^ McAlpine, Andrew. "World's Largest Container ship makes UK Debut". Linked In. Retrieved 30 November 2015.

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