ABS has worked with the container transportation market since its inception and has a historythat is closely linked to the innovations of the industry. ABS remains a market leader andcurrently maintains class on the largest percentage of post-Panamax vessels. Recentnewbuilding activity includes the classing of the largest vessels in service and of newconstruction of 7,000 teu and above.In the development of Ultra Large Containerships (ULCS), several economic and operationalconsiderations must be addressed to obtain a working design. The service speed, size andspeed of container cranes, port draft restrictions and container stack height limitations influencethe dimensions and design. Additional consideration must be paid to container configurations.ABS SafeHull is the starting point for an ABS approved design. Application of the principlesfound in ABS SafeHull provide the keystone to a structurally sound vessel. Employing thedynamic loading approach (DLA) program of SH-DLA provides a more complete analysisof the vessel. For further design verification, several analytical tools exist to address uniqueconsiderations for the ULCS. By simulating actual loads, analysis programs at ABS for dynamicstress, nonlinear factors, propeller cavitation, and wave impact, among others, give a betterunderstanding of how the next-generation of ULCS will perform once in service.In the design of the ULCS, extra consideration should be given to deck structure, hatch corners,the location of the deckhouse and engine room, the bow and stern regions and to transversestrength. These critical areas are all addressed through programs offered by ABS.Operators must also address several issues affecting the vessel during service. The operationalissues of ballast water, green water, lashing arrangements, parametric roll, location of bunkertanks, voltage systems, and vibration are of particular importance.The ABS SafeShip program follows a vessel from inception through its life service. Thisinformation management system allows owners the best method for maintaining their vessels.ABS is the classification society of choice for large containerships. With practical experiencesand unmatched technical capability, ABS offers shipowners and shipbuilders of these vesselsabsolutely the most comprehensive classification services available.