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5 Worlds Largest Transportation Means

Updated on March 26, 2014

This top includes transportation means that were built out of need for a better performing vehicle that has to satisfy a specific need, so things like the worlds largest bike or monster truck will not be included. Also out of service vehicles will be mentioned but not taken into account.

Comparison between the largest ships ever built.
Comparison between the largest ships ever built.

Ships

The worlds largest ship is Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller. It is owned by A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S, being the flagship of their Triple E class of container vessels.

This monster ship was launched on the 23rd of February, 2013, being constructed by the South Koreans from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, at a staggering cost of 190 million dollars. While ensuring the largest capacity cargo in twenty-foot equivalent units, it is, by raw dimensions, the second largest ship ever built, being out ranked by the now demolished oil tanker Seawise Giant.

The container ship makes use of two 29 680 kW MAN-B&W 8S80ME-C 9.2 engines, being capable of achieving a speed of 43 km/h. It has a length of 399 m, a width of 59 m and a depth of 30.3, at the time of its launch no port having cranes tall enough to fully load it. The Danes planned on commissioning a total number of 20 such ships. The crew for operating the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller consists of only 19 people.

Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller container ship.
Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller container ship.
Comparison between the worlds largest airplanes.
Comparison between the worlds largest airplanes.

Planes

The Ukrainian owned Antonov An-225 Mriya is currently the worlds largest airplane ever built, being the only one of its kind. Its role is that of a strategic airlift cargo, being designed in the 1980s by the Antonov Design Bureau of the Soviet Union.

This giant bird of is now used by Antonov Airlines for carrying oversized payloads, but was initially built for the soviet space program to airlift Energia rocket's boosters and the Buran space shuttle.

Its first flight took place on the 21st of December, 1988 and it lasted 74 minutes, while the first commercial flight was commissioned by the American Army in 2002, consisting of 187.5 tons of ready meals for the military personnel in the Oman region.

The aircraft makes us of 6 ZMKB Progress D-18 turbofans, achieving a maximum speed of 850 km/h. It is 84 m long, 18.1 m high and has a wing-span of 88.4 m, being capable of a maximum take off weight of 640 000 kg.

A second aircraft, with the same characteristics as the Antonov An-225 Mriya has started being built, but due to lack of funds the project was interrupted at 60%.

Antonov An-225 Mriya.
Antonov An-225 Mriya.

Trucks

The current largest operational truck is the BelAZ 75710. It went into production in 2013 and it is built by Soligorsk Construction Trust No. 3, being used in the mining industry. Its first work started at Kuznetsk Basin, in Russia, being one of the largest coal mining areas in the world.

This mastodon can carry up to 450 tons, having an empty weight of 360 tons. Due to its dimensions and weight it can not use public roads, being transported to the intended place by parts and rebuilt on the spot.

It makes use of two 2 300 hp engines, achieving a maximum speed of 64 km/h. As far as dimensions it is 20.6 m long, 8.16 m high and 9.87 m wide, with a turning radius of approximately 20 m.

BelAZ 75710.
BelAZ 75710.
 Youngman JNP6250G interior.
Youngman JNP6250G interior.

Buses

The worlds largest bus is the Youngman JNP6250G, being built to satisfy the ever demanding transportation needs of China's Beijing and Hangzhou. It has two accordion ribbed joint sections, giving it the possibility of taking bends like a regular bus.

In a single trip, the mega-bus can carry 300 passengers. With a length of 24.65 m it is 13 m longer than a regular bus, being able to reach speeds up to 75 km/h. It is purposely designed with wider aisles, offering 40 seats and special facilities for people with handicaps.

 Youngman JNP6250G.
Youngman JNP6250G.
The Mil Mi-26 carrying an aircraft.
The Mil Mi-26 carrying an aircraft.

Helicopters

Mil Mi-26 is a Soviet heavy transport helicopter that is currently the largest helicopter ever produced. Coming to life in 1980 it achiever a staggering number 316 units, being still in production today.

Its designed was Marat Tishchenko, of the OKB-329 design bureau, being intended for military and civil use, having twice the capacity of what was at the time the largest helicopter, the Mi-6. It is the second largest helicopter ever constructed, being surpassed only by and experiment called the V-12.

The Mi-26 is capable of flying even with a power down on one of its engines, depending on the cargo. It has a length of 40.025 m, with a height of 8.145 m and a rotor diameter of 32.00, being capable of achieving speeds of up to 295 km/h.

The Goliath of helicopters is capable of taking off having a weight of 56 000 kg, being used in programs such as the recovery of the Siberian Woolly Mammoth from the Siberian tundra, or in the following events of the Chernobyl disaster to take measurements or carry diverse materials.

Mil Mi-26.
Mil Mi-26.

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