Monday, August 27, 2007

World's largest CargoShip

World's Largest Cargo Ship Get a load of this ship! 15,000 containers and a 207' beam! And look at the crew size (13) for a ship longer than US aircraft carriers, which have complements of 5,000 men and officers. Think it's big enough? Notice that 207' beam means it was NOT designed for the Panama or Suez canal . It is strictly transpacific. Check out the "cruise speed". 31 mph means the goods arrive four days before the typical container ship traveling at 18 to 20 mph on a China-to-California run. So this behemoth is hugely competitive when carrying perishable goods.This ship was built in three, perhaps as many as five sections. The sections floated together and then welded. It is named Emma Maersk. The command bridge is higher than a ten story building and has eleven 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 in-line cylinders diesel engine (110,000 BHP)
Cruise Speed - 31 mi/h
Cargo capacity - 15,000 TEU (1 TEU = 20 ft3 container)
Crew - 13 people
First Trip - Sept. 08, 2006
Construction cost - US $145,000,000+

The silicone paint applied to the ship's bottom reduces water resistance and saves 317,000 gallons of diesel per year


The best part is how this thing is just 14 cylinders. Yeah, right! When cylinders get that big, they shouldn't be allowed to call them cylinders. They should be called something else, such as maybe "Luxembourgs" or "Oprah Winfreys".


The Banjo Players Must Die!  

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14 Cylinders is actually close to maximum for a marine Diesel. Plenty of normal cargo ships have only 6 cylinders. But the cylinders are quite big, 3ft bore and 8 ft stroke. Check it out here:  

Here: is video of it going through the Suez canal. So not only transpacific.
One of the early voyages was China to UK, using the Suez canal for the second time.  

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