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Frank Bernheisel: The View From Here
Frank Bernheisel
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Frank Bernheisel
Posted 11.22.11
Just Outside Washington

FRANK BERNHEISEL

For two cents each, that's why

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This ship is the Emma Maersk, built in Denmark in 2006. She and her seven sister ships are the longest container ships constructed and the longest ships in service. She is 1,302 feet long and has one of the largest internal combustion engines built. developing 109,000 HP.

This turns the longest propeller shaft at 423 feet, which drives the largest propeller, 156 tons. The Emma Maersk has a top speed of 25.5 knots. -- to run all of this takes a crew of thirteen people.

The point of all this is that she is able to carry around 7,500 forty-foot containers. This enables her to move good from Asia to Europe very cheaply. The current rate for a 20-foot container is currently about $700. This container can hold about 35,000 T-shirts, which makes the cost of shipping one from China to Europe about two cents.

It seems that "globalization"is driven by more than just cheap labor.

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