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Assignment 1

Read the assignment and write down the answers in English. You may use English-language Internet sources to help you.

a           The Suez Canal is a man-made waterway. It connects two seas. Which two seas?

b           Make a list of means of transportation (vervoersmiddelen). Name at least 5 words.


Shipping News

Trouble in the Suez Canal! A big ship is stuck in the canal. All other ships are blocked from passing. The ships travelling through the Suez Canal are really huge. They are mega-ships.


Read all about it here. Scroll a bit down. Start reading at “MEGA-SHIP FACTS!!!”.


Assignment 2

Read the text. Connect the words and expressions that have the same meaning in the text.

1.     roughly a.     an area that is used for playing football
2.     football pitch b.     at or during any particular point or moment in the day
3.     weigh c.     a cover on a box, can, jar, etc., that you can lift or remove
4.     shipping d.     a floor that goes from one side of a ship to the other
5.     ports e.     from the very beginning of a process to the very end
6.     end-to-end f.      the goods carried by a ship, truck, etc.
7.     bathtub g.     to have a specific heaviness
8.     a deck h.     lands that cause the dirtiest air, water, earth, etc.
9.     cargo i.      a large container that is filled with water so that you can lie in it
10.  lid j.      not exactly but close in number
11.  sturdy k.     an object or machine that has been made for a special purpose
12.  marooned l.      places where ships stop to load and unload
13.  at any given time m.   sending goods from one place to another
14.  the device n.     strongly made
15.  most polluting countries o.     stuck in a place that is difficult or impossible to get away from


Assignment 3

a        True or false?

1        The name of ship that got stuck in Egypt is Ever Given.
2        Mega-ships keep getting bigger and bigger.
3        Mega-ships have room for at least 20,000 containers.
4        Mega-ships do not have decks.
5        Computer software is used to help with loading and unloading containers.
6        The shipping industry creates a lot of pollution.
7        Rail transport (treinvervoer) is better for the environment than mega-ships.


b        Why do mega-ships have a torsion box?

1        It is added because they do not have a deck for people to walk on.
2        It is an extra bathroom for the people who work on the ship.
3        To have added space for keeping food, such as sandwiches.
4        To make sure the ship doesn’t break or bend in stormy weather.


c        “Computer systems also mean that the boats can be crewed with as few as 13 people.” What does this mean?

1        A mega-ship has 13 extra people on board to work with the computer system.
2        Computer systems do a lot of work, so sometimes only 13 people are needed on mega-ships.
3        On ships without special computer software 13 people are need to load and unload containers.
4        The Ever Given got stuck because 13 crew members had problems with the computer system.



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