The history of container ships consists of records that are quickly broken.
In 1955, US entrepreneur Malcolm McLean decided to ship goods, not loose, but bundled. To that end, he invented the container. Thanks to its standard dimensions, it is easier and more efficient to transport goods. To do so, he immediately converted a ship into the first container ship.
In 1967, the first container ship docked in Antwerp. It had a capacity of 700 TEU, or room for 350 40-foot containers.
In the 1970s, the first ships with more than 1000 TEU appeared. Numbers grew steadily. The 10 000 TEU mark was broken around 2005, and in 2017 the first Ultra Large Container Vessel sailed with more than 20 000 TEU. That's more than 10 000 containers on one ship!