At 194 feet wide and 1,312 feet long, the Matz Maersk Triple E is the largest ship ever built. It can carry 18,000 20-foot containers; its propellers weigh 70 tons apiece; it is too big for the Panama Canal, though it can shimmy through the Suez. All this is to say: This is a ship of daunting proportions.
Work on world’s largest cruise ship, MS Oasis of the Seas, has been completed. The vessel is set to depart from Turku, Finland to its hometown port in Everglades, Florida in roughly two weeks. The Chairman’s Blog discussing the manufacturing process of the vessel is definitely worth reading.
(via YLE, in Finnish)
The system is based on AIS (Automatic Identification System). As from December 2004, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires all vessels over 299GT to carry an AIS transponder on board, which transmits their position, speed and course, among some other static information, such as vessel’s name, dimensions and voyage details.