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Walmart Container Ship

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What a ship….no wonder ‘Made in China ‘ is displacing  North American made goods big time. This monster  transports goods across the Pacific in just 5 days!! Another  two will soon be  commissioned.

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These  ships were commissioned by Wal-Mart to get their  imported goods from China ….. They hold an incredible  15,000 containers and have a 207 foot deck beam!!  The  full crew is just 13 people on a ship longer than a US  Aircraft Carrier which has a crew of 5,000.  With its 207′ beam it is too big to fit through the Panama or Suez  Canals ………..

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It  is strictly transpacific. Cruise speed: 31 knots.
The goods arrive four days before the typical  container ship
(18-20 knots) on a  China-to-California run. 91% of Wal-Mart products are  made in China. So this behemoth is hugely competitive even when carrying perishable goods.    The ship  was built in five sections. The sections are floated together  and then welded. The command bridge is higher than a 10-story  building and has 11 cargo crane rigs that can operate  simultaneously unloading the entire ship in less than two  hours. 

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Additional info:
Country of origin  – Denmark
Length – 1,302 ft
Width – 207 ft
Net cargo  – 123,200 tons
Engine – 14 cylinders in-line diesel engine  (110,000 BHP)
Cruise Speed – 31 knots


Cargo  capacity – 15,000 TEU (1 TEU = 20 cubic feet)
Crew – 13  people!
First trip – Sept. 08, 2006
Construction cost –  US $145,000,000+
Silicone painting applied to the ship  bottom reduces water resistance 
and saves 317,000  gallons of diesel per year.


A recent documentary in late March,  2010 on the History Channel 
noted that all of these containers  are shipped back to China,  EMPTY!

Yep,  that’s right.  We send nothing back on  these ships.


What does that tell you about the current  financial state of the west in crisis? So folks, just keep  on buying those imported goods (mostly gadgets) 
until you run  out of money.  Then you may wonder what the cause of unemployment (maybe even your job) in the U..S, UK,  Canada and even in Australia????

 

 

 

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15 comments on “Walmart Container Ship

  1. Russel Ray Photos
    January 22, 2014

    My first job out of college back in 1977 was working in the shipping industry. The documentary was kind of misleading because not all of the containers, nor the ships, go back empty. However, if you were to look at the import/export ratio, you could say that because of the disparity, “all” of the containers on any one specific ship go back empty. It totally depends oon the company doing the shipping, the companies that own the containers, and the ships themselves. No container ship likes to be traversing the seas without cargo, so they do everything they can to fill containers and fill ships.

  2. Jane Thorne
    January 22, 2014

    It’s nuts…but we are fueling it with consumerism and the endless quest for cheaper goods. Small, localised industries and businesses need our support. We are becoming very ‘service’ only here in the UK and that does not lead to sustainability. Good post Judy. 🙂

    • Judy
      January 22, 2014

      Australia is the same Jane unfortunately. We have the best seafood,fruit and vegetables in the world and now we are importing them from Asia. You really have to look in the supermarkets to buy something that is Australian made and our manufacturing industry is nearly finished. cheers Judy 🙂

  3. donnajeanmcdunn
    January 22, 2014

    WOW! Amazing ship.

  4. sachemspeaks
    January 22, 2014

    Reblogged this on Sachems word of the day and commented:
    WOW! Made in China!

  5. nutsfortreasure
    January 23, 2014

    Yes I used to truck these containers to all the different department stores know these ships well!

    • Judy
      January 23, 2014

      It’s sad really isn’t it? All the little industries that used to employ so many people are now out of business. 🙂

      • nutsfortreasure
        January 23, 2014

        not really sad more like sickening 😦 If Americans demand it we can once again take back the Power Of It’s People. Make American and Sell American made on our soil that is why all our forefathers came here for a chance to be someone.

      • Judy
        January 31, 2014

        Couldn’t agree more 🙂

      • nutsfortreasure
        January 31, 2014

        🙂

  6. nutsfortreasure
    January 23, 2014

    Reblogged this on Living and Lovin and commented:
    Very big outfit in container ship transportation I used to haul the loads from Boston to points all over the Northeast. Hundreds of trailers a day left the port.

  7. Naomi Baltuck
    January 23, 2014

    I have boycotted Walmart for years–since I became aware of their bullying tactics and their exploitation of their workers, particularly women and minorities. But I also object to the preferential treatment our government gives to corporations like Walmart–tax shelters and tax breaks and loop holes–when they are taking jobs out of the country and creating such a trade deficit. This system is broken, and we need to fix it.
    Thank you for speaking out.

    • Judy
      January 23, 2014

      Yes it is the same in Australia unfortunately. 🙂

  8. Lindy Lee
    January 23, 2014

    Excellent, NFT; thank you…

    • Judy
      January 23, 2014

      Glad you liked it Lindy. Nice to hear from you. cheers Judy 🙂

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