K.D. Feddersen Company Outing to the MOL Tribute
70,000 HP, a capacity of over 21,000 containers, a dead weight of 197,106 t, a speed of 14.2 kn, 400 m length and 60 m width - and all that in the hands of a 27-member crew. That was difficult to imagine even for the employees of the K.D. Feddersen Ueberseegesellschaft mbH, who have experience in the handling of international orders.
During a guided tour of the MOL Tribute they learned about the daily work on one of the world's largest container ships. DB Schenker, one of K.D. Feddersen's long-time logistics partner for the distribution business invited customers to an exclusive tour with the Chief Officer.
The event took place when the MOL Tribute was in the Port of Hamburg. In a maximum of three working days, the container ship will be simultaneously loaded and unloaded before setting sail again. The Chief Officer first gave a brief presentation about the technical facts of the ship and the crew. The MOL Tribute belongs to the largest class of container ships and was built in 2017 on the Marshall Islands for the Japanese shipping company ONE.
Work Organisation on the High Sea
The crew currently consists of 27 members, who have different tasks. It is impressive that the ship can be operated even with 14 men. This only works because of the clearly separated responsibilities. Ideally, for example, the electrician may have little to do for several days if all machines are running as planned.
Of course, there are also routine tasks aboard the MOL Tribute. For example, up to 1,500 so-called reefer containers for particularly temperature-sensitive goods must be checked twice a day. These special containers can be cooled down to -30 ° C and are used for chemical products or food; for example. On the bridge, the chief officer showed us the steering wheel which appeared relatively small considering that well over 200,000 tons are steered with it. He led the guests over the deck and into the engine room afterwards.