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A large container ship unloading in port. The largest container ships in the world are a staggering 400 metres long – the same length as one full lap of an olympic running track. These ships can have as many as twenty-one storeys between the bridge and the engine room and carry huge amounts of weight, yet can be operated by as few as 13 people thanks to computer-assisted work which can increase and decrease ballast at the touch of a button.

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