Discovery doesn’t just document ship disasters (See last month’s Raising Concordia), it documents new-ship building. Discovery Networks International in partnership with Maersk Line, announced this morning it will follow the creation of what’s being billed as the world’s biggest ship, from design to maiden voyage, in a brand new series premiering across Discovery’s international portfolio of networks. Initially premiering in the UK, the project, coincidentally called World’s Biggest Ship, will roll out internationally in more than 220 countries and territories across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America beginning this month.
The ship built by Maersk Line is the first ever 400m long Triple-E container vessel, Discovery said — you do the math, we’re too tired. It’s 40% larger than any ship in existence. It is longer than four football pitches, heavier than 55 nuclear submarines and can carry more than 300 million bottles of wine. Transporting everything from cars to food, to trainers between the world’s busiest port in Hong Kong, to the largest port in Rotterdam, Maersk says modestly that this wonder of the ocean changes the face of global shipping forever.
Produced by Windfall Films, the six-epiosde series will document every stage of its construction, in South Korea, and will use 3D CGI animations to reveal the process, and the ship’s first passage on the Asia-Europe route.