Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ship from China to Walmart - The Emma Maersk

This is how Wal-Mart gets all it's stuff from China. Get a load of this ship! 
15,000 containers and a 207' beam! And look at the crew-size:  13 people for a ship longer than a US aircraft carrier which has a crew of  5,000 men and officers.
Think it's big enough? Notice that 207' beam means it cannot  fit through the Panama or Suez Canals . It is strictly transpacific. 

Check  out the cruise speed: 31 knots means the goods arrive 4 days before the  typical container ship (18-20 knots) on a China-to-California run. So this  behemoth is hugely competitive when carrying perishable goods.  

This ship was built in five sections. The sections floated together and then welded. The command bridge is higher than a 10-story building and has 11 cargo crane rigs that can operate simultaneously.

 What  a ship....no wonder 'Made in China' is displacing North American goods big  time with this floating continent transporting goods across the Pacific in 4 days no less!!! 

 Additional info:
  • Country of origin - Denmark
  • Length - 1,302 ft
  • Width - 207 ft
  • Net cargo - 123,200 tons 
  • Engine - 14 in-line cylinders diesel engine (110,000 BHP)    Cruise Speed - 31 knots 
  •    Cargo capacity - 15,000 TEU (1 TEU = 20 ft3)
  • Crew - 13 people
  • First Trip - Sept. 08, 2006
  • Construction cost - US $145,000,000+
  • Silicone painting applied to the ship bottom reduces water resistance and saves 317,000 gallons of diesel per year

Editorial  Comment! A recent documentary on the History  Channel, noted that most all of these containers are shipped back to China, EMPTY.Yep you heard it right. We send nothing back on most of these ships!

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