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
officers. 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
simultaneously. 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?