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Walmart: China-US Supply Chain

Container Ship

This gigantic ship transports goods from China across the Pacific in just 5 days!!
This is one of three ships presently in service, with another two ships commissioned to be completed in 2012.

These ships were commissioned by Wal-Mart to get all their  goods and stuff 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 ……

It is strictly Transpacific. Cruise speed: 31 knots. 
The goods arrive 4 days before the typical container ship (18-20 knots) on a China-to-California run. 91% of Walmart 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 were 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.

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.

All of these containers are shipped back to China , EMPTY..

Container Ship 1

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