Viewpoint: Will the world’s largest container ship actually provide trade solutions?

The word “historic” in the maritime and logistics industry has become so overused that its meaning now is watered down (yes, pun intended). Every week, there seems to be more “historic” news to report. Take your pick: congestion at the ports, container prices, containers falling into the ocean, the denial of trade over empty containers and even vessel size. Headline writing has become a fill-in-the-blank achievement.

The latest series of “historic” headlines are stories reporting on the maiden voyage of the Ever Ace. It is the latest, largest vessel to debut this year, with its wider waistline enabling this A-class vessel to hold up to 23,992 cargo units. By comparison, its sister vessel, the Ever Given, is a G-class ship that can carry 20,124 units.

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