What a ship—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.
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.