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STEEL AND MEGASHIPS

Steel ships and containers keep the world moving without costing the earth.
These quiet giants navigate oceans to bring us the things we use every day. Steel is everywhere in our lives!

ECONOMY OF SCALE! LOW EMISSIONS! CONSUMER BENEFITS!

(Source: Maersk)
Shipping is a huge part of everyday life and the size of steel ships Shipping consumes less energy and emits Without steel, there would be no megaships.
and containers allows for enormous loads to be transported in one go less greenhouse gases Without megaships, life would be more expensive.
(Source: World Food Programme and Alken Murray)

(Source: Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway)


90%
of global cargo is carried by sea. Distance travelled on a litre of petrol with a 454kg cargo
17 million shipping containers are currently in use across LESS COST
the world and the majority is made from steel 400km The typical cost for shipping a DVD player from Asia to Europe or
the U.S. is roughly US$1.50; a kilogram of coffee just
160km fifteen cents; and a can of beer - a penny
(Source: World Shipping)
48km
18,000
shipping containers can be carried by Maersk's
Triple-E, the largest cargo ship in the world. SHIPPING BY SEA vs AIR
THIS MANY CONTAINERS COULD FIT: Shipping goods by sea typically costs
CO2 emissions per tonne of cargo transported over 1km 12-16 TIMES LESS than sending it by airplane
OR OR
3g

36,000 863 108 million 45g


Jacket $190 $2,280 $1,680
$140
Jacket

cars million tins of baked pairs of trainers


beans one pair for every 560g
person in Mexico

The entire container voyage from China to Europe is

(Source: Maersk)
equal in CO2 emissions to approximately 200km Designer
227,000 of long-haul trucking in Europe
Laptop Bag $5,880
$490 Handbag
227,000 tonnes of steel were used to create Royal Caribbean $220 $2,640
Internationals Harmony of the Seas cruise ship

Standing upright it is more than


three times the height of
=
5,500km 200km Shoes Boots
Londons Olympic Stadium and is $960 $2,520
$80 $210
nearly as long as four football
pitches combined
(Source: World Shipping)

ONBOARD: WINE TOTAL TOTAL

6,410 2,747 2,100 A bottle of French wine in a New York restaurant has a
lower carbon transportation footprint than a bottle of
BY SEA
$490 $5,880
BY AIR BY AIR
$10,080 $840
BY SEA

PASSENGERS ROOMS CREW MEMBERS California wine served in the same restaurant
(Source: Twisted Sifter) (Source: World Bank)

Find out more about steels varied uses in the sea, its incredible
versatility and sustainability credentials by visiting worldsteel.org