Two views taken this evening, showing what is likely to have been the largest container ship ever to have visited the Clyde. Unfortunately, it is not for cargo that MAERSK BEAUMONT is on the Clyde, but instead she is here to spend some time in lay-up following the general downturn in worldwide trade for ships of her size.
MAERSK BEAUMONT is the seventh, and last, ship of the VWS 4000 class built at the German Volkswerft Stralsund shipyard and delivered to Maersk UK in December 2007. She is 294.1 metres in length - similar to some of the larger bulk carriers that have visited the river and making her one of the largest vessels that can be accommodated within the locks of the Panama Canal - and has a deadweight of 52,400 tonnes. She can carry up to 4,170 TEU containers, and appears to have last been employed on a service to South America. MAERSK BEAUMONT and her sisters all fly the Red Ensign.