Massive Container Freighter Ship MSC TOMOKO PANAMA in the Santa Barbara Channel 8400 TEU

8400 TEU Massive Container Freighter Ship MSC TOMOKO PANAMA Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. in the Santa Barbara Channel. Look at those containers the size of an 18-wheel trailer, stacked 6-7 high, 17 wide, and in 17 rows for maybe 1700 containers. Ten of us docent types from Morro Bay, CA, take a 4-hour Whale Watching boat trip tour on the Condor Express out of Santa Barbara, CA, to Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands in Central-Southern California, on Labor Day 07 Sept 2009. Organized by Rouvaishyana of the CA State Park Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay, CA. Photo by Michael "Mike" L. Baird, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com,; Canon 5D, Canon 100-400mm Lens with circular polarizer (which made a big difference) handheld on a moving boat.


10 Nov 2010: Creative Commons request approved: tricksofthrush has sent you a message on Flickr. Subject: Date: 10th November, 2010.

I'm putting together photos for an illustrated book on Karl Marx, and I think your photo would work well with it. If you contribute, you will receive a copy of the book and a photo credit. To contribute, you'll need to sign an agreement with us, which I will provide, and send a high res version of the image. Let me know at jake {at] markbattypublisher d o t com if you are interested or have questions. Best, Jake

A: Jake, that's fine with me. If you send me a release form I can digitally sign and e-return it. also answers every question ever asked about using one of my photos under Creative Commons (CC) Attribution: How to attribute, access full-resolution versions, how to link back to the image page, and how to please comment on the image used linking to your use.

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This is a massive 8,400 TEU vessel


TEU defined says

"The twenty-foot equivalent unit (often TEU or teu) is an inexact unit of cargo capacity often used to describe the capacity of container ships and container terminals. It is based on the volume of a 20-foot-long (6.1 m) intermodal container, a standard-sized metal box which can be easily transferred between different modes of transportation, such as ships, trains and trucks."

  • David Slater 6y

    Mike: Thank you for this amazing upload of an amazing outing. Hate to see oil rigs, and surly hate to see cargo ships and whales in the same location. Great handheld work.
  • Steve Corey 6y

    Makes me wonder: is this shipment going to, or from the U.S? I know it's a silly question. Of course it's coming from China.
  • Mike Baird 6y

    Steve Corey Actually, our guide said that this ship was unusual, because it was headed out of the LA area headed north with cargo, which he said was for provisioning US troops overseas. I assumed that instead these may have been largely empty containers being returned to Asia - based of what seemed to me to be a very high free-board on the container vessel.

    Great work, Mike. We see those container ships in dock in San Pedro. AWESOME.........
  • Kevin Cole 6y

    Even at the distance you shot this it still looks huge. I wonder how much ship is below water.
  • Jerry Kirkhart 6y

    The polarizer did help, Mike. Very nice. I could not believe how much this could carry, and I also could not believe why they would stack so many of them so high. I guess I am thinking the ocean would have some monster waves that would knock them right off. Maybe the weight of the load keeps them in place.
  • Bobby Siliato 6y

    very surreal...
  • Howard Ignatius 6y

    Amazing how big these ships are!
  • Anika Glass 6y

    Containers don't travel MT. $$$
  • Eric 6y

    Wow! Do you have any specific dimensions on that ship? Just massive. Watched a special once on the computer programs and algorithms they use for organizing and optimizing the arrangement of containers on ships like that. Glad I never had to write code like that when I was working in comp sci.
  • jcarreret 6y

    Pretty ship has MCS since(as,like) he wanted to be the motorist
  • Gunnar Ries 6y

    awesome shot!
  • canal_sete 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called MSC Containers, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Alkan Boudewijn de Beaumont Chaglar 5y

    Great shot!
  • daniel_digitex 5y

    Yes, lovely freighter.
    Panama company
  • Mr_Andre 4y

    That thing is wicked. Its an 8,400 TEU vessel.

    Amazing to think that vessels in the range of 15,000 TEU will be in service in the near future.
  • Mike Baird 4y

    Mr_Andre Mr Andre thanks for your comment on my container ship...
    Massive Container Freighter Ship MSC TOMOKO PANAMA in the Santa Barbara Channel  8400 TEU by mikebaird
  • Bainzee 1y

    Wow!! Thats huge!
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