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Friday Nov 09, 2007

World's Largest Cargo Ship Bringing Imported Goods to a Store Near You!

Emma Mærsk
Emma Mærsk
The World's Largest Cargo Ship!
Get a load of this ship - 15000 containers.   Its main ports are the cities of Hong Kong, Nigbo, Xiamen and Yanhan, among others.  And look at the crew size for a ship longer than a US Aircraft carrier which has a complement of 5,000 men and officers.  This one typically sails with a crew of just 13!  Think it's big enough? Notice that 207' beam means it was NOT designed for the Panama or Suez canal. 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 carrying perishable goods.  This ship was built in three, perhaps as many as five sections. The sections were then floated together and welded.

The command bridge is higher than a 10 store building and has 11 crane rigs that can operate simultaneously.  Additional info: Country of origin - Denmark,  Length - 1,302 ft (Longer than 4 football fields), Width - 207 ft, Net cargo - 123,200 tons (More than and aircraft carrier), Engine - 14 in-line cylinders diesel engine (110,000 BHP), Cruise Speed - 31 knots, Cargo capacity - 15,000 TEU (1 TEU = 20 ft3 container), Crew - 13 people (!), First Trip - September 8, 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.

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