This is the fifth week in our Lego build and while our ship building tasks were relatively small they sure proved to be time consuming!
Our job this week was to put together the shipping containers that the Lego version of the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller is transporting.
Lego have this stage “in the bag”. Once we had sorted out all of the pieces we then grouped them into ‘like’ blocks – the rest was a dream.
Lego have really simplified this build by providing all pieces in separate packaging.
Glenn lent a hand with constructing the containers.
The Lego model of the worlds largest ship contains approx 336 containers, the actual vessel can hold a whopping 18,000 (20’ containers). Just to get an idea of volume, one single 20’ container can carry 8000 pairs of sneakers. That means that on one voyage of the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, 144 million pairs can be transported! That’s a lot of shoes…
That’s a lot of stickers to be perfectly aligned!
The next task is certainly not one for people suffering from OCD. The Lego model comes with MAERSK stickers that have to be placed straight on the side of each of the visible containers. While the task was a little time consuming, all of the EES crew pitched in. Just like the song from the Lego Movie says “Everything is awesome when you’re part of the team!”
Each person in the office lent a hand to complete this mammoth task – note that some staff were unfortunately not present during the building time.
Did you know that if you stacked the 18,000 containers that the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller holds on top of each of other, the stack would reach 47 kilometers high? That’s almost to the top of the stratosphere! Or, if you placed the containers end to end, it would stretch 110km.
We’re almost finished with this project, and truth be told we are all feeling a little glum. We’ve enjoyed learning interesting facts about the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller. And we have loved the way that Lego have immortalised this record-breaking vessel.
Next week we will bring you the final pictures of the completed vessel – once we’ve loaded these containers on board.
While Fremantle Port will never host the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller alongside (the vessel only moves between the Asia – Europe route) we look forward to having the scaled down version taking pride of place in the boardroom of our brand new office.