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Meet the giant diesel engine that powers huge shipping containers

A diesel sea beast.
engine and pickup truck orange background

Kelsey Dake

Shipping up to 15,550 20-foot-long containers across the world’s waves is hard work. So hard that Emma Maersk, a quarter-mile-long cargo ship, needs serious muscle: the Wärtsilä 14RT-flex96C—44 feet tall and 87 feet long—among the

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