We kept all the Lego building in-house this week.
Michele Kent, Import Supervisor (top of the screen) and Amanda Hamilton, Cartage Controller, put their heads together and got busy working on the model.
Amanda gives their progress a big thumbs up.
If you think that this vessel is long, you are right. The lengthy Lego version is 65cm (when mounted). The real vessel measures an amazing 400 metres!
One of Michele and Amanda’s jobs was to finish placing the container gates on the vessel.
Did you know that the life-size Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller can hold 18,000 twenty foot containers? That’s 3000 containers more than the Emma Maersk, which once held the largest container vessel title. The Maersk McKinney Moller also surpasses the Emma Maersk by one row in terms of the number of rows across (23).
One of the ship’s main features, which allows for the extra containers, is the vessels unique U-shaped hull. This also allows containers to be stacked higher in front of the forward navigation bridge of the vessel without compromising visibility.
The next task on the detailed Lego instructions was to construct the bridge of the vessel. In case you’re not up with your maritime lingo, the bridge is the platform from which the vessel is operated.
It has been said that standing on her (Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller’s) bridge is like peering over the rim of the Grand Canyon.
This vessel sports a simple, uncomplicated navigation bridge.
Amanda and Michele also had the fun task of positioning the tiny lifeboats. The lifeboats are modern but small and are certainly not as impressive as the main vessel’s size!
The vessel is taking shape from all angles.
From this view you can see the navigation bridge in great detail.
The last job of the week was positioning the ship stacks. The main function of these towers is expelling the exhaust gases from the vessel’s engines. The life size vessel also has a waste heat recovery system – this uses hot exhaust gas to provide extra propulsion for the ship.
We have now mounted the vessel onto the sturdy stand.
The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller was named after the son of Danish shipping magnate Arnold Peter Moller and his Kentucky-born wife Chastine Mc-Kinney.
The vessel is almost complete so it’s full steam ahead from this point on.
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