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.
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!!!”.
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|
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.