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The Emma Maersk, part of a Danish shipping line, is shown in the photos below.

What a 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 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.

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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A recent documentary in late March, 2010 on the History

Channel noted that all of these containers are shipped back to

China ,

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I used to work on some of the Maersk Line, Bridgeline and Nyk ships years ago. It would take about 5 minutes to walk from one end to the other and they were prob only half the size of this baby! There is probably more containers stored in the hull than you can see on deck.

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