Amazon has been working for a while now to build out its shipping and distribution network. Now the online retailer has started coordinating its own shipments from Chinese merchants to its warehouses in the US via ocean freighters. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company doesn’t own any ships, but it’s working as a freight forwarder and logistics provider. These are the companies that reserve space on freighters and handle trucking shipments from port to a warehouse. WSJ says that Amazon has coordinated shipment of 150 containers from China since October.
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Like a dagger slitting open the flesh of the sea, the Navy’s new Zumwalt destroyer looks like the future. Built with stealth and automation in mind, it seems as much concept art from a science fiction film as it is a real ship that is part of America’s real navy in the year 2016. Today, the Zumwalt was delivered to the Navy after a month of sea trials.
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In 1906, the Royal Navy rendered all other battleships obsolete when it unveiled the HMS Dreadnought: a steam-powered fighting vessel with 12-inch guns and cement-reinforced armor. This past summer, British naval engineers revealed a vision of its successor, the Dreadnought 2050.
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If you take the Empire State building, flipped it over to the side, and then put it in the ocean, it would be smaller than some of the world’s largest ships. That’s how big these behemoths of the sea are, more gigantic than skyscrapers. Oil tankers, container ships, pipe-laying vessels, yachts, sailing boats, cruise ships and more, we’ve got all the world’s largest ships still in service today. At times, the scale is just unfathomable.
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