Sunday, March 15, 2009

Buy American......

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 US aircraft carrier which has a crew of 5,000 men and officers.
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 behemoth 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.

Additional info:
Country of origin - Denmark
Length - 1,302 ft
Width - 207 ft< BR>
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)< /FONT>
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

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?


Voegtli said...

A very impressive "little" boat. Many, many years ago, a big number of ocean freigthers (in particular ships ffrom Japan called "XXXX Maru") had diesel engines from a Swiss company called Sulzer. A big company. I don't think that they still exist today.

Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

This is a big ship, only 4 days across the Pacific, no wonder things are the way they are. I don't shop Wal-Mart so I have no need of this ship and it's speed.

Anonymous said...

Very impressive....The US Navy aircraft carriers would struggle to match this beasty....Just imagine if the Chinese Navy got one of these and put planes on the deck !! The Chinese already hold half of the US debt pile.....We are looking at the rise of the next super power...