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container ships getting bigger

but maybe slower

BBC News - How much bigger can container ships get?
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Re: container ships getting bigger

And the sight lines from the bridge when the deck is full, get farther away. So please don't get too close ahead of one. they can see you alongside from the bridge wings *if* they take the long walk out there. But not close in front of them, so be careful out there!
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Geee... ya think they'd put cameras on the bow to see us small guys, eh! Then they could swerve around us sailors.
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Re: container ships getting bigger

Having been alongside an 1100 foot one, they are "effing" huge.
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Re: container ships getting bigger

Port of Oakland has already been widened and dredged to accommodate these 1,300 foot long ships. After the "little" mishaps with bridges, the SF Bar Pilots Association is putting two pilots (each with a GPS and Handheld) on board Post Panamax and larger ships. One at the bow and the other in the wheelhouse. Shippers are crying foul as the association wants to charge double for these ships. Needless to say, they cannot maneuver to avoid you and the suction from the prop will have a tendency to draw you towards the ship especially in the confines of the Alameda Estuary.
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Re: container ships getting bigger

There was a show on TV 4-5 years ago about the biggest (at the time) container ship. One very interesting fact....line up all the containers it could carry, end to end, and they would stretch, I believe, about 25 miles. That's a boatload of containers.
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Re: container ships getting bigger

lord that is a big ship....
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We have come to define big as any ship whose length is given in (parts of) nautical miles, rather than feet, on the AIS.
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Re: container ships getting bigger

Can't help but think about all those gigantic VLCC's that got laid up, unused or nearly so, in Norwegian fjords back in the 70's.
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Re: container ships getting bigger

Was talking to a tug captain a few days ago. Apparently the big ships have a minimum speed which if they go below they loose steerage. Something like 6 knots.
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