Wal-=Mart Ship

This is how Wal-Mart gets all its stuff from China. Get a load of this ship! 15,000 containers and a 207' beam! And look at the crew-size for a ship longer than a US aircraft carrier which has a complement 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 knots means the goods arrive 4 days before the typical container ship (18-20 knots) on a China-to-California run. So this behemoth is hugely competitive carrying perishable goods. This ship was built in perhaps as many as five sections. The sections were welded. The ship is named Emma Maersk. The command bridge is higher than a 10-story building and has 11 crane 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 knots
  • Cargo capacity - 15,000 containers
  • Crew - 13 people
  • First Trip - Sept. 08, 2006
  • Construction cost - $145,000,000+
  • Silicone painting applied to the ship bottom reduces water resistance and saves 317,000 gallons of diesel per year.