Wal*Mart Rules the Waves

Here’s one received by email — left as is — which deserves a share:

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

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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!! Another two will soon be commissioned.

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These ships were commissioned by Wal-Mart to get their  imported goods 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 four 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.

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The ship  was built in five sections. The sections are 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.

emma4Additional 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 paint 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, EMPTY !

Yep,  that’s right. We send nothing back on  these ships. What does that tell you about the current  financial state of the west in crisis?

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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 US, UK,  Canada and even in Australia????

emma8Enough  said!!!

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I don’t know who originally wrote that, but holy shit!


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