by Eric Carlson, CPP - Chainalytics
Maersk, a leader in global logistics, container ships and shipping has built a truly astounding container ship for the express purpose of transpacific shipping and global shipping, the Emma Maersk. This ship exceeds the Panamax, which is the largest ship to transit the Panama Canal; however it can still pass through the Suez Canal and is approximately 180’ longer than an aircraft carrier. The ship was built to carry 1,400 more containers than the next largest ship.
Panamax: Length = 965 ft, Beam = 106 ft
Emma Maersk: Length = 1302 ft, Beam = 184 ft
The Emma Maersk is powered by the world's largest single diesel unit, weighing 2,300 tons and capable of 110,000 horsepower allowing the ship to travel up to 25% faster. With a cruising speed rated at 31 knots, this ship can make the trip from Hong Kong to Los Angeles in about 9 days – this compared to nearly 14 days (19 knots) for a typical container ship.
To get an idea of how much faster this ship can make the journey, calculate your journey here: http://www.searates.com/reference/portdistance/
The ship also has several features to protect the environment. This includes recycling the exhaust, mixed with fresh air, back into the engine for reuse. This not only increases efficiency but also reduces engine emissions.
ISO adopted the intermodal container standard to more efficiently transport goods across the world in the late 1960s. Ever since then cargo containers have revolutionized global trade.
Time and distance have shrunk again with the Emma Maersk!