By Zak Stone
The world's largest ship--the 400-meter-long Triple-E vessel by Danish shipping line Maersk--takes a team of South Korean shipbuilders about 65 days to assemble from its component pieces. In a time-lapsed video on Vimeo, the process unfolds in just 76 seconds.
The video is the first taste of a media collaboration between the shipping giant and the Discovery Channel, who's documenting the construction of the ship every step along the way, and will air a six-part miniseries showing the process, from the design phase to its maiden voyage.
Maersk plans to build 20 ships, named "Triple-E" for their "economy of scale, energy efficiency and environmentally improved" design. The stats detailing the ship's magnitude are staggering and worth savoring: It can hold 111 million pairs of sneakers. Its 18,000 shipping containers would completely fill Times Square. The area below deck is the size of a basketball court, football stadium, and hockey arena, combined.
And while the ship towers in size, there's an area in which it won't excel: speed. The Triple-E is optimized to operate at lower speeds, to cut fuel consumption. It will take the ship 23 days to travel its route from Shanghai to the Netherlands.
Copyright 2013 by Fast Company. Reprinted with permission.