It is not just the fact that the Chinese can manufacture their goods cheaper than the Americans, but it is also how slickly and cheaply the logistics system operates. One aspect of this chain, are these monster container ships.
The cornerstone of the Trans-Pacific leg of the logistics system are these monster ships. The Emma Maersk, part of a Danish shipping line, is shown in the photos in this blog. This monster transports goods across the Pacific in just 5 days! It is one of five ships presently in service, with probably more to be completed
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. Ninety one percent of Walmart’s products are made in China. 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.