Now that Symphony of the Seas has officially started sailing, let’s take a look at the list of top 10 largest ships in the world and see where Harmony lands on them.

I debuted this analysis a few years ago, but it’s worth updating as there has been some new developments since then.

#1

Prelude FLNG

499,167gt | 600,000t Displacement | 1,601ft LOA | 234ft Beam

So this one’s a bit of a controversial pick as she’s an offshore installation. Prelude FLNG happens to be the largest offshore installation at almost 500gt! And she is equipped with three azimuthing thrusters so one can argue that she has propulsion, of sorts.

She’s stationed in the Prelude offshore field for the extraction, processing, and offloading of LNG direct into tankers. She’s owned by Royal Dutch Shell and build in Korea in 2017.


#2

Pioneering Spirit

403,342gt | 50,000dwt | 1,253ft LOA | 406ft Beam

The Pioneering Spirit could be considered the largest purpose built ship. Owned and operated by the Dutch company AllSeas. She’s considered a pipelaying and platform-removal ship. That last part is easily the most interesting. She has the ability to remove the superstructure of a platform with her ‘U’ shaped bow, then remove the jacket, or legs, with her aft crane. It’s pretty impressive. Construction wise, she is basically two vessels welded together with a platform in between. This creates huge amounts of internal volume to add to her gross tonnage.


#3

FSO Asia

236,638gt | 441,893dwt | 1246ft LOA | 223ft Beam

FSO Asia (ex-Hellespont Alhambra,TI Asia) is a Floating Storage Tanker anchored at the Al Shaheen Terminal in the Persian Gulf. She was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding of South Korea in 2002 for the Greek tanker firm Hellespont. Total cost for the vessel was $90 million. She was sold to Euronav in 2004, who then sold her to OSG in 2011. She was then sold to International Seaways who own here, but it’s still operated by Euronav and OSG. During a drydock she had her superstructure modified as she was transitioning over to become a floating storage and offloading vessel. That’s why she’s roughly 2,000gt larger than two of her other sisters.


#4

FSO Africa

236,638gt | 440,165dwt | 1246ft LOA | 223ft Beam

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FSO Africa(ex-Hellespont Metropolis, TI Africa) is also a Floating Storage Tanker anchored in the Northfield section of the Al Shaheen Terminal in the Persian Gulf. Sistership to the FSO Asia(#2 above) she was also built at Daewoo Shipbuilding and launched in 2002 for the same price of $90 million. Originally called the Hellespont Metropolis, Hellespont sold her to OSG in 2005 who then sold her to Euronav. Like her sister above, she has a similar ownership structure. Also like the FSO Asia, a drydock in 2010 altered her superstructure, slightly enlarging it.


#5

Oceania

234,006gt | 441,585dwt | 1246ft LOA | 223ft Beam

(ex-Hellespont Fairfax, Overseas Laura Lynn, TI Oceania) is a Crude Oil Tanker currently anchored off Malaysia. Sistership to the two ships above she was also constructed at Daewoo Shipbuilding and launched in 2003 for the same price of $90 million. Originally called the Hellespont Fairfax, the company sold her to OSG in 2005. She then went over to Euronav after a stint a Tankers International, and now Euronav outright owne and operate her. Hellespont Fairfax was featured on the Discover Channel’s Superships.


#6

Europe

234,006gt | 441,561dwt | 1246ft LOA | 223ft Beam

TI Europe(ex-Hellespont Tara) is a Crude Oil Tanker currently anchored off of Malaysia, just north of Singapore. The the 4th and last sister to the 3 above (FSO Asia, FSO Africa and Overseas Laura Lynn). She was built at Daewoo Shipbuilding and launched in 2002 for the same price of $90 million. Originally called the Hellespont Tara, Hellespont sold her to Euronav in 2004 and she was re-flagged in Belgium. Euronav fully own and operate her.


#7

Hai Yang Shi You 117

223,030gt | 286,480dwt | 1,059ft LOA | 196ft Beam

The Hai Yang Shi You 117 (also called the Bohai Peng Bo) is an FPSO currently operating in China’s largest offshore oil field. She was built at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding. She operates as a joint venture between ConocoPhillips and China’s third largest oil company CNOOC.


#8

Symphony of the Seas

228,081gt | 18,095dwt | 1,184ft LOA | 156ft Beam

Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas right after departing STX France shipyard

When launched last month, Harmony of the Seas became the largest cruise ship in the world. Harmony is part of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class of vessels. She is longer than her sisters below by 7ft and wider by 9 ft. Constructed by STX France, she can carry 5,494pax at double occupancy. Royal Caribbean plans to build two more Oasis class vessels for delivery in 20187 and 2021.


#9

Harmony of the Seas

226,963gt | 20,236dwt | 1,188ft LOA | 163ft Beam

Harmony of the Seas Departing Port Everglades. Captured by Greg Dragonetti 11/5/2016
Harmony of the Seas Departing Port Everglades

When launched last month, Harmony of the Seas became the largest cruise ship in the world. Harmony is part of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class of vessels. She is longer than her sisters below by 7ft and wider by 9 ft. Constructed by STX France, she can carry 5,494pax at double occupancy. Royal Caribbean plans to build two more Oasis class vessels for delivery in 20187 and 2021.


#10

Allure of the Seas

225,282gt | 19,750dwt | 1,181ft LOA | 154ft Beam

Allure of the Seas Departing Port Everglades ©CruiseInd
Allure of the Seas Departing Port Everglades. 11/6/2016

When launched in 2010, she joined her sister Oasis as the largest Cruise Ship in the world. Interestingly enough her deadweight tonnage was increased from Oasis’. DWT is a measure of how much cargo, pax, crew, luggage, provisions, etc. a ship can carry. Fun fact: Allure is longer than Oasis by 5cm due to an error by the shipyard.


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