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US-China trade in goods today

Something that hauls a little freight...........
SHIP FROM CHINA - The Emma Maersk

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!!!

This is how Wal-Mart gets its  goods 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

Think it's big enough?
Take note that the 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

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

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 fuel per year
Editorial Comment!

A recent documentary in late March on the
History Channel, noted

that almost all of these containers are shipped back to China,


Yep, you heard it right.  We send nothing back on most of these ships....! What does that tell you about the current Financial State of this country?
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