Here. Read it & weep (thanks to Andy G, via Malcolm).
The Emma Maersk, part of a Danish shipping line.
What a ship….no wonder ‘Made in China’ is displacing North American made goods big time. This monster transports goods across the Pacific in just 5 days!!
This is one of three ships presently in service, with another two ships commissioned – to be completed in 2012.
These ships were commissioned by WalMart to get all their
goods from China… They hold an incredible 15,000
Containers and have a 207 foot deck beam!! The full crew is just
13 people on a ship longer than a US Aircraft Carrier (which has a
Crew of 5,000). With its 207′ beam it is too big to fit through the
Panama or Suez Canals ……
It is strictly Transpacific. Cruise speed: 31 knots.
The goods arrive 4 days before the typical container ship (18-20
Knots) on a China-to-California run. 91% of WalMart products are
made in China. So this behemoth is hugely competitive even when carrying perishable goods. The 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 unloading
the entire ship in less than two hours.
Country of origin – Denmark
Length – 1,302 ft
Width – 207 ft
Net cargo – 123,200 tons
Engine – 14 cylinders in-line diesel engine (110,000 BHP)
Cruise Speed – 31 knots
Cargo capacity – 15,000 TEU (1 TEU = 20 cubic feet)
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.
A recent documentary in late March, 2010 on the History
Channel noted that all of these containers are shipped back to
China , EMPTY.. Yep, that’s right. We send nothing back on these ships.
What does that tell you about the current financial state of the west in crisis?
So folks, just keep on buying those imported goods (mostly gadgets) until you run out of money. Then you may wonder what the cause of unemployment
(maybe even your job) in the U.S, UK, Canada and even in Australia????