|Fig. 1 CMA CGM Jules Verne|
The subtitle for today's post might be "Planes, Trains, Trucks, and TEU."
Today, I address the realm that is the sinew, muscle, and heart-blood vessel system of world civilization (What Do You Mean - World Civilization?, Confusing "Civilization" With "Species") and the blood flowing in the veins of that civilization (Petroleum Civilization: The Final Chapter (Confusing Life with Death)).
Let's take the metaphor or analogy a bit further, and call the blood cells which carry resources throughout the body, "TEU" (Twenty-foot equivalent unit, TEU).
The Heart-Blood System of Civilization
All analogies or metaphors "break down" at some point, meaning they don't give
|Fig. 2 The heart system of civilization|
What I am trying to describe is international intercourse, merchant ships on steroids, which is to say that 95% of material travels from a port in one country to a port in another country, which is the bulk of international trade, and the lifeblood of civilization (The 1% May Face The Wrath of Sea Level Rise First; Why The Military Can't Defend Against The Invasion; Why Sea Level Rise May Be The Greatest Threat To Civilization, 2, 3, 4; Greenland & Antarctica Invade The United States).
|Fig. 3 This will not do the job|
Note that the cargo capacity of that container ship is 19,224 TEU up to 193,000 gross tons (386,000,000 lbs.).
By comparison, the largest cargo aircraft, the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, has a payload of 270,000 lbs. (see Fig. 3).
Which means it would take (386,000,000 lbs. ÷ 270,000 lbs = 1430) 1,430 C-5 Galaxy aircraft to match the load of one cargo ship.
There aren't that many C-5 aircraft, and there are hundreds of cargo ships.
You get the picture.
The Gist of It
When the ongoing invasion by the sea shuts down cargo ports, air cargo traffic cannot be a replacement means of delivering cargo.
The nations will have to begin to trade locally, and in reduced quantities as societies collapse from what they are today, into something quite different.
Other links of interest:
Sustainable Ports (PDF)
AAPA Importance of Trade
Sea Level Rise for 20 Global Port Cities
A look at the issue from a decade ago:
For present-day conditions (2005), the top ten cities in terms of exposed population are estimated to be Mumbai, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Miami, Ho Chi Minh City, Kolkata, Greater New York, Osaka-Kobe, Alexandria and New Orleans; almost equally split between developed and developing countries. When assets are considered, the current distribution becomes more heavily weighted towards developed countries, as the wealth of the cities becomes important. The top 10 cities in terms of assets exposed are Miami, Greater New York, New Orleans, Osaka-Kobe, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Nagoya, Tampa-St Petersburg and Virginia Beach. These cities contain 60% of the total exposure, but are from only three (wealthy) countries: USA, Japan and the Netherlands. The total value of assets exposed in 2005 is across all cities considered here is estimated to be US$3,000 billion; corresponding to around 5% of global GDP in 2005 (both measured in international USD).(Ranking Port Cities, emphasis added, PDF). For a 2013 view of the issue based in part on surveys given to port authority officials:
By the 2070s, total population exposed could grow more than threefold to around 150 million people due to the combined effects of climate change (sea-level rise and increased storminess), subsidence, population growth and urbanisation. The asset exposure could grow even more dramatically, reaching US $35,000 billion by the 2070s; more than ten times current levels and rising to roughly 9% of projected global GDP in this period. On a global-scale, for both types of exposure, population growth, socio-economic growth and urbanization are the most important drivers of the overall increase in exposure. Climate change and subsidence significantly exacerbate this effect although the relative importance of these factors varies by location. Exposure rises most rapidly in developing countries, as development moves increasingly into areas of high and rising flood risk.
"81% of sea port managers" report that "impacts of climate change is(Port Perceptions of Sea Level Rise – An Overview, PDF). The information has been available for decades yet very few officials use the sea level rise data in their design criteria.
something that needs to be addressed by the port community"
Fig. 4 (click to enlarge)
"31% of sea port managers" report that "I feel sufficiently informed about how climate change will impact my port operations"
"58% of ports feel they would have a problem" @ "1-2 meters" (of sea level rise)
"39% of ports feel they would have a problem" @ ".5-1 meter" (of sea level rise)
"12% of sea port managers feel they would have a problem" @ "0-.5 meters" (of sea level rise)
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