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Friday Fun Fact #2: The largest ships can cost over $200 million to construct

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Updated on 10 Jan 2024
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Hello and welcome to our second post on shipping fun facts! Last week, we told you that shipping accounts for 90% of world trade. This time, we’re going behind the scenes of shipping mechanics!


The largest ships can cost over $200 million to build


To give you an idea of what you can do with $200 million, here are some comparisons:


  • That’s over 800 times the average cost of raising a child till he’s 18 in the US. That’s excluding university tuition and boarding fees!
  • Bill Gates can construct 375 of these ships with his personal fortune. Mark Zuckerburg can unfortunately only manage 223.
  • That’s $55 million more than the 2015 GDP of Kiribati, an island nation in the central Pacific Ocean.
  • You can buy the 26-acre Pumpkin Key island - a 50-minute boat ride from Miami. Valued at $110 million, you’ll have $90 million left.

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  • Not a fan of living on an island? How about the Playboy Mansion? Ditch the ship for the $200+ million mansion and live among the stars in Los Angeles!

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Currently, the biggest container ships belong to Mediterranean Shipping Company. The four sister megaships MSC Oscar, MSC Zoe, MSC Maya and MSC Sveva are capable of holding up to 19,224TEU.


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So if you were a ship owner, be sure to protect and care for your vessel like it was your own child - at least 800 times more!


That’s it for today’s Friday fun fact! We hope you enjoyed it!

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