is how Wal-Mart gets all its stuff from China.
containers and a 207' beam! And note the crew size below, for a
ship longer than an US aircraft carrier, which has a complement
of 5,000 enlisted and officer personnel.
Think it's big enough?
Notice that 207' beam means it was NOT designed for the Panama or
Suez Canal. It is strictly transpacific.
out the cruise speed of 31 knots, which means the freight arrives
4 days before the typical container ship (18-20 knots) on a China-to-California
run. So this behemoth is hugely competitive, carrying perishable
This ship was built in three, perhaps as many as five, sections.
The sections were floated together and then welded.
The ship is named Emma Maersk. The command bridge is higher than
a 10-story building and has 11 crane rigs that can operate simultaneously.
Country of origin - Denmark
Length - 1,302 ft
Width - 207 ft
Net cargo - 123,200 tons
Engine - 14 in-line cylinder diesel engines (110,000 BHP)
Cruise Speed - 31 knots, Cargo capacity - 15,000 TEU (1 TEU = 20
ft 3 container)
Crew - 13 people
First Trip - September 8, 2006
Construction cost - US $145,000,000+
Silicone paint applied to the ship bottom reduces water resistance
and saves 317,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year.