I received an email today and simply couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the images and read the story about the Emma Maersk. Apparently this email has been circulating for years and the premise is that you shouldn’t buy from Walmart because they commissioned these ships and bring them in full with their cheap merchandise from China and then send them back empty. The email continues that this is why our country is in the state it is now. We import everything because we want to buy things for less money, but we no longer manufacture goods for export.
Actually nothing could be further from the truth and during my research I found that these new class of ships are not only economical to operate but reduce CO2 emissions and only require a small crew to operate them. The Emma only has a 13 man crew and it bigger then the largest aircraft carriers that carry a crew in the thousands. Here is part of the email I received….
If you have ever wondered why goods coming in from China can still retail for pennies and you thought how is this possible when they have to transport it from half way around the world, well this is how Walmart does it. They have commissioned these gigantic container ships to be built with one purpose and one purpose only…to bring in good from China for pennies.
The Emma was built in three sections, floated together and then welded. The command bridge is higher than a 10 story building. There are 11 crane rigs that can operate simultaneously.
Country of origin - Denmark
Length – 1,302 ft
Width – 207 ft
Net cargo – 123,200 tons.
Cruise Speed – 31. Knots
Cargo capacity – 15,000 TEU
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.
Although it is too large to pass through the Panama Canal it can in fact travel through the Suez Canal so it can sail from Hong Kong to Spain via this route. Watch this video to learn more about these mega ships and then read the rest of this article.
But Soon The Emma will lose its title to the new Triple-E Class ships.
Business Week, February 21, 20011…A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, the world’s largest container line, agreed to buy as many as 30 of the biggest ships valued at as much as $5.4 billion to counter rising fuel prices and benefit from expanding global trade.
The deal with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. includes 10 firm orders for vessels able to carry 18,000 containers, enough for 18 million flat-panel televisions, the companies announced at a joint press conference in London today. Maersk plans to take delivery of the ships by 2014 and will decide this year whether it will exercise an option for 20 more vessels, Eivind Kolding, chief executive officer of Maersk’s container line, said in an interview.
The 400-meter-long (1,312-foot-long) vessels, with a capacity about 30 percent greater than the largest ships afloat, will help Copenhagen-based Maersk cut emissions and pare fuel usage as it contends with oil prices that have more than doubled in two years. Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd. and Neptune Orient Lines Ltd. ordered 10,000-container-plus ships last year as the end of the global recession revived U.S. and European demand for Asian-made goods.
In line with the group’s drive to increase competitiveness and environmental leadership, Maersk Line has signed a contract for ten new, innovative container vessels to be called the ‘Triple-E’ class ships.
The ‘Triple-E’ vessels (Economy of scale, Efficiency, Environment) will set new standards for size, fuel and cost efficiency as well as reduction of CO2 emissions. The capacity of the new vessels is 18,000 TEU, exceeding the capacity of the world’s largest container vessels currently, Maersk Line’s PS-class vessels of 15,550 TEU.The vessels are scheduled for delivery between 2013-2015.
The World’s Largest Ships..visit the Maersk Site, it is worth your time. The site is full of videos and information on the newest mega ships to sail the seas. The site is a great way to see what is coming soon. I suppose we can expect to find imported merchandise coming into this country for even lower prices then they have in the past since the costs of transportation will go down substantially.