October 30, 2020

How Cheap Shit Arrives In The United States

This baby sails from China holding 15,000 containers and a 207′ deck beam. The crew-size: 13 people on a ship longer than a US aircraft carrier (which has a crew of 5,000). The 207′ beam means it cannot fit through the Panama or Suez Canals . It is strictly transpacific and 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 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.

Additional info:

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.

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