My lovely Papa, Brian Lovell, sent me this email today with this note:
“One of the world’s biggest ships is named after you – of course, because it is magnificent just like you !!! “
Pretty impressive boat! From one Emma to another….
The Emma Maersk, part of a Danish shipping line, is shown in the photos below.
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
These ships were commissioned by Wal-Mart to get all their
goods and stuff from 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. With its 207′ beam it is too big to fit through the
Panama or Suez Canals …
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. 91% of Wal-Mart products are
made in China. So this behemoth is hugely competitive even
when carrying perishable goods.
The 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 unloading
the entire ship in less than two hours
Country of origin – Denmark
Length – 1,302 ft
Width – 207 ft
Net cargo – 123,200 tons
Engine – 14 cylinders in-line diesel engine (110,000 BHP)
Cruise Speed – 31 knots
Cargo capacity – 15,000 TEU (1 TEU = 20 cubic feet)
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.
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?
So folks, just keep on 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 and even in Australia might be????