The Maersk Triple-E vessels are the largest shipping container ships in the world and there are several design reasons why.
Ok not going down the route of the obvious being “its bigger” but there are some design features including the altering of the hull shape to allow more cargo to get carried as its designed to go slow and work more efficiently. Sacrificing some aerodynamics to gain space at the same time the ship is designed for load not speed.
I think when Maersk started looking at the Triple-E vessel they were realising the world markets were changing and being more efficient doesn’t just lead to reduced running costs but adapting with a changing market. Going bigger than other large container ships that it has in its fleet while getting running costs down have been a major feat in the success of the Triple-E vessel.
Another interesting feature of the Triple-E vessel the largest container ship in the world is that as speed is not its primary goal optimisation of its fuel use has taken more of a priority and they actually utilise the exhaust gases to make more energy making it one of the most efficient ships on the planet.
What many people don’t realise is due to the scale of ships the faster they go the bigger the Co2 problem becomes. Not in that 1 knot = 1 pollution but as you increase in speed the problem of Co2 emissions magnify to a much larger scale. Making a ship that runs at lower speeds and more efficiently reduces this problem and this is partly why the Triple-E vessel has become a world class leader in efficient shipping. What this realistically means that we are seeing on average a 50% reduction in Co2 per container moved from Asia to Europe.
The worlds largest container ship Co2 emission comparison against other transportation.
The Maersk Triple-E vessel has 3g of Co2 per container per 1 Km.
Average train has 18g per 1km Co2 emissions per container moved.
Truck 47g of Co2 emissions per 1km travelled per shipping container.
Airplane 560g of Co2 emissions per 1km travelled.
All in all you can see why shipping is one of the most efficient ways to transport goods but also why the largest shipping container in the world is also extremely green.
Shipping container homes seem to be becoming not only for the DIY and emergency housing market but also as a trendy green choice.
The shipping container home that has appeared in the Hamptons is a symbol of what you can do with a shipping container home even if your moving away from being green and looking to be a bit more upmarket.
Meet Beach Box, its a shipping container home in the dunes of Amagansett, New York, off Montauk Highway. The home isn’t so striking externally but internally its a completely different thing. The idea was developed by Andrew Anderson with six container units from New York-based SG Blocks.
What may seem a little strange is that the SG Blocks containers on the upper level house the kitchen whilst downstairs there are four bedrooms. The upper though has been utilised as open plan allowing for the sea breeze and light to carry through the home. A large kitchen, sitter and dining room upstairs gives a feeling of space due to the layout. With an exterior roof deck gives somewhere to unwind in the evenings enjoying the scenery.
2000 square feet of home with 1,300 square feet of exterior deck space this isn’t a cramped shipping container home.
To help with cooling and the look of the home the exterior has been cladded with fiber-cement and the windows are all low-E glazing to make them energy efficient.
This won’t be a cheap beach home though by the way your looking at an asking price of $1,395,000 and with more lots already purchased by the developer there are more shipping container projects likely to be appearing in the Hamptons with asking prices of over $4million.
These projects are being done by a UK Based charity their website seems to be a work in progress but the concept of the conversion of a shipping container as you can see is a lot more simple than many people realise. Not sure about the solar panel side of things as they don’t have a battery backup as well as no ventilation for the heat build up from the computers in the container.
But then again I am not in Africa and acclimatised to the environment as the kids there may not even notice. I have computers here in the Philippines which are in arcade boxes sat outside the home. I can’t go there because of the mosquitos they seem to love my white legs, but the local kids will sit there for hours completely undisturbed as they are used to it but also I have noticed that with some things locals don’t seem to get affected the same way. Red ants for example I was stood near a beach and they were climbing all over my feet and biting me. But I could see my wife’s feet they actually just went round. Haven’t a clue what the difference was but its happened with other things as well.
Anyway getting off tangent! The shipping container internet cafe is obviously a project that is already working and spreading computer training into developing nations. But another area people often overlook when sending aid is why not convert the containers in advance then load them with the materials that they are sending for projects? Instead of shipping the container back it stays and actually becomes part of the community. For example this where its all panelled and ready to be used as an internet cafe but could just as easily have the far end prepped for shipping with the computers etc. and the rest of the container utilised for sending other materials and equipment.