Posted On: Saturday - March 27th 2021 9:34PM MST
In Topics:   General Stupidity  Geography  Big-Biz Stupidity
Now for something completely different. It is kind of nice to write about this story. It's just that we have all been so overloaded with the government- or Establishment-generated politically-correct, anti-American, anti-White political stupidity continuously for years. Refreshingly, this story is about something real. I also like that it's about geography and economics, favorite topics of this blog. It's about a private shipping company doing real work in the transportation industry, with a huge container ship that has ended up completely blocking the Suez Canal. It was just a short ways in from the south end, heading north.
"High winds and sandstorms" are said to be the cause, but I don't know much about massive ships or the shipping business in general. That'd be forgivable for the writers of the non-technical or non-industry publications too, if it were not for some of the inconsistent simple facts that I noted when trying to find a good site on which to learn some details. Half the blurbs on the 1st page of the DuckDuckGo search results, most linking to TV stations sites, yahoo, etc, have the ship's name listed as the Ever Green. No, that is the shipping company. You see these green containers up and down the interstate highways*, right? Evergreen is not the name of the truck, so ...
Then, I was told that the ship was headed north through the canal, which is true, from Rotterdam, Holland to the far East (not true). No, the ship's origin was China**, and it was headed TO Rotterdam, which is the direction most containers seem to go anyway (Asia to Europe and the US).*** This was on the first page of blurbs, mind you. Couldn't the writer have spent 3 minutes pulling up bing maps to get an idea of the geography? Yeah, maybe he doesn't like geography, but see, they are PAYING him. OK, enough about the Lyin' (and incompetent) Press, as I wanted to get away from that for a while.
It's weird that the best thing to do is to just pick a blurb that's not one of the big LP ones, that just seems to not be written by a clueless moron. I try to avoid the TV stations' sites just due to their often having so much cluttered Mexican-jumping bean pop-up crap, but this page is from, of all random places, the web site of KCEN TV out of Temple, Waco, and Killeen, Texas. (That's a beautiful part of the country, BTW.) This article has the basics.
This beast of a vessel can hold 20,000 containers, and weigh up to 1/2 a BILLION pounds! Let me work something out quickly here: The standard 40-ft containers**** max out at 65,000 lb. from what I see written on the doors of them. The Ever Given obviously can't take 20,000 maxed-out containers, as that get your to 1.3 billion lb. I just figured out though, something that the article writer didn't bother with. The ship holds 20,124 (to be exact) TEU's. That stands for Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit. That makes more sense. The 20-footers can hold ~50,000 lb, but I doubt they get near that most times. (Maybe if you're shipping bowling balls ;-})
I imagine most of the containers are bulked out, rather than near the gross weight limit. I got the numbers I wanted to see elsewhere anyway. If you trust the wiki page:
With a length overall of 1,312 ft 2 in, it is one of the longest ships in service. Its hull has a beam of 192 ft 11 in, a depth of 107 ft 11 in, and a fully laden draft of 47 ft 7 in. Ever Given has a gross tonnage of 220,940; net tonnage of 99,155; and deadweight tonnage of 199,629 tons. The ship's container capacity is 20,124 TEU [Note: I wiped out SI units from wiki - sorry, I just wanted to stick with one set.]What I'd like to know is how much fuel these things carry. I mean, do they bump extra fuel for cargo, or can they carry just plenty to divert a long, long way?
Back to the canal for a minute: The Suez Canal was opened over 150 years ago! The 120 mile-long (with the incorporation of 3 lakes) canal connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea to save many thousands of miles in a journey from origins in the south and east of Asia to ports anywhere in Europe by avoiding the whole route around Africa. It canal runs between the northeast corner of the continent of Africa and the Sinai Peninsula, which is officially in Asia with, like, "Asians" living there. (Actually it's pretty empty worthless desert.) The Suez Canal see 12% of the world's international trade.
Since this ship has backed up the canal, and it may be few more days before refloating efforts are successful (it may take the removal of containers - not an easy deal when not at the dock), a question I haven't found the answer to just yet is this: Are the vessels awaiting passage through the Suez Canal able to change to a much longer route, the southbound ones heading out to the Straits of Gibraltar to go around Africa counterclockwise and the northbound ones back to the mouth of the Red Sea to circumnavigate it clockwise, without refueling? I would think they carry a lot of extra fuel for all kinds of contingencies. If not, could they fuel up anywhere near where they are backed up?
The latest article I read, from Sunday morning Ireland time, said that it's gonna be a while yet, and there are 321 ships backed up as of their writing, I suppose somewhat equally for each direction. More on this huge ship:
Ever Given is a Golden-class***** container ship, one of the largest container ships in the world. The ship is owned by Shoei Kisen Kaisha (a shipowning and leasing subsidiary of the large Japanese shipbuilding company Imabari Shipbuilding), and time chartered and operated by Taiwanese container transportation and shipping company Evergreen Marine. Ever Given is registered in Panama, and its technical management is the responsibility of the German ship management company Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM).The international shipping business takes advantage of cheap Philippine labor, (not described there), and, in this case, Japanese heavy manufacturing, Taiwanese corporate ownership, German management, and Panamanian registration. That's some Globalist stuff there...
Though there was likely some stupidity involved, this event is physically real rather than another piece of emotional political BS, so it is interesting to me. I had 2 other posts I was supposed to write today, but they'll have to be posted on Monday. Thanks for reading this week!
* I guess for those heading farther inland, they may be on rail cars, stacked 2-high, for much of their journeys.
** One article gave Malaysia as the origin, but a BBC one said China. Maybe the last stop, for more containers, was Malaysia.
*** I've seen containers for sale cheap at one of the west coast ports, because they pile up, with not many manufactured products going the other way.
**** as opposed to those 1/2 sized 20-footers and then the extended 53 foot-long "high-cube" containers.
***** All 11 of them are named "Ever" [something], the other 10 being the Ever Golden, Ever Gifted, Ever Genius, Ever Glory, Ever Globe, Ever Goods, Ever Grade, Ever Gentle, Ever Govern, and Ever Greet. For a huge project like this, I'd have hired a creative English-speaker for better names. How about the Ever Seen a Grown Man Naked?