POSTED: 1 JUNE 2008 - 7:30am HST

A Ship for Chinese goods at Walmart

image above: The transpacific China to Walmart express container ship Emma Maersk.

What a 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 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 quarter mile.

Additional info:

Country of origin - Denmark

Name - The Emma Maersk

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 paint applied to the ship bottom reduces water resistance and saves 317,000 gallons of diesel per year.

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 behemot
h 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..

Editorial Comment! A recent documentary in late March 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. What does that tell you about the current Financial State of this country?

see also:
Island Breath: The future of sailing 1/21/08
Island Breath: The sailship Reemergesl