Wednesday, August 29, 2007

World's Largest Cargo Ship

This is from my friend Kurt Paasch.

Get a load of this ship! 15,000 containers and a 207' beam 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 4 days before the typical container ship (18-20 mph) on a China-to-California run. So this behemoth is hugely competitive carrying perishable goods.

This ship was built in five sections. The sections floated together and then welded.

The ship is named Emma Maersk.

The command bridge is higher than a 10 store building and has 11 crane rigs that can operate simultaneously.

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 mph

Cargo capacity - 15,000 TEU (1 TEU = 20 ft3 container)

Crew - 13 people First Trip - Sept. 08, 2006 Construction cost - US $145,000,000+