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Emma Maersk.  The largest container ship in the World.  Killer of America’s manufacturing capability?

The Emma Maersk, part of a Danish shipping line, is shown at www.emma-maersk.info. 

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 Wal-Mart and others to get all their goods and stuff from China (91% of Wal-Mart products are made in 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). 

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.  So this behemoth is hugely competitive even when carrying perishable goods.   

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.                

Additional  info:                 

-  Country of origin -  Denmark                  

-  Length - 1,302  ft /Width - 207  ft                      

-  Net cargo - 123,200 tons                      

-  Cruise Speed - 31 knots                               

-  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.   

Contributor  Comment. 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 this country?  Just keep 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. and Canada might be? This babies and those shipping their goodies into American ports tariff and duty free while U.S. exports are taxed (and impacted by up to 40% currency manipulation) makes saving America’s Industry, and our nation’s future, a real challenge.  Takes your breath away…*

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