Container ship generations

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Container Ship Generations

Over time, container ships have progressed through a generational increase in size and capability.

Generations
Generation Years Type Length Draught TEU's
1st Gen. 1956-1970 Converted GCS/Tanker 135-200 m 9 m 500-800
2nd Gen. 1970-1980 Cellular 215 m 10 m 1000-2500
3rd Gen. 1980-1988 Panamax 250-290 m 11-12 m 3000-4000
4rt Gen. 1988-2000 Panamax 275-305 m 11-13 m 4000-5000
5th Gen. 2000-2007 Post-Panamax 335 m 13-15 m 5000-8000
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