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What a ship – the Emma Maersk!

What a ship—the Emma Maersk!


The Emma Maersk

The Emma Maersk

The giant Emma Maersk and several other ships like it have been commissioned by Wal-Mart to bring their goods from China – and fast! Ninety-eight percent of Wal-Mart’s products come from China.

This monster ship travels at the high speed of 31 knots to transport goods across the Pacific in only five days, which is four days quicker than a normal container ship. That’s fast enough to bring perishable goods to the U.S. from China.

The Emma Maersk is only one of three huge $145,000,000 ships presently in service, with another two ships commissioned to be launched in 2012.                        

The Emma Maersk holds an incredible 15,000 cartons and has a 207 foot deck beam. At 1,302 feet in length, the Emma Maersk is longer than a U.S. Aircraft Carrier and has a crew of only 13 as compared to 5,000 on an aircraft carrier.

Emma Maersk Command Bridge

Emma Maersk Command Bridge

The command bridge is higher than a 10-story building.

Being 207 feet across, the Emma Maersk is strictly trans-pacific as it is too big to fit through the Panama or Suez Canals

The Emma Maersk has eleven cargo crane rigs which operate simultaneously to unload the entire ship in less than two hours—and then it’s back to China.

On its return trip to China, the Emma Maersk and its sister ships carry only empty containers. The U.S. sends nothing back to China on these ships.

That is—nothing but American jobs, which Wal-Mart is exporting to China.

6 comments to What a ship – the Emma Maersk!

  • Jango

    Rather dumb to be comparing this ship to an aircraft carrier……are you on weed mate?

    • admin

      Jango: The comparison was in lengths. You should have understood that, being from Gibraltar, as you are – must be plenty of ships going by – look out the window.

  • patriot

    So long as the ships are delivering inexpensive quality goods for the people, they’re contributing positively to the World. The Author maybe implicitly too negative in the spirit, though it seems the size of the Ship does awe him.


  • Howard

    Please tell the ship to stop!!! From it’s sailing schedule, it’s due to arrive for transit of the Suez Canal this weekend, and the shipowners apparently know it’s too wide! Sexy lead-off line — Giant WalMart ship invades U.S. West Coast — but the article’s full of inaccuracies and misstatements. Plenty of easy-to-find accurate info out there on this (yawn)2006-launched vessel. You, too, can learn that each anchor weighs more than 5 elephants, and that fully loaded, the vessel could carry 528-million bananas.

    And btw, the Emma Maersk’s 2011 dance card is already full with trips to Europe.

  • qqqqq

    discovery channel – mighty ships about a 25 min long segment of the emma mearsk going through souez! – bit of astonishingly bad writing