Friday, April 25, 2008

The Can Opener

Near the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach ship pilots have to maneuver 1100 foot long container ships past a concrete structure they call "the can opener". That's according to a Wall Street Journal article "Giants of the Sea", subtitled; "Massive New Container Ships Carry Huge Loads but Docking Them Is Problematic for Pilots." The article is by Daniel Machalaba and Bruce Stanley and was appeared in the WSJ on 10 Oct 2006.

The article focus on the container ship CMA CGM Hugo , which is 1095 feet long and has a beam of 140 feet. This vessel also calls into San Francisco Bay and is almost 200 feet longer then the Cosco Busan.

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