1) HULL: An Army of Engineers attempts to build the world’s biggest ship “The Triple E”.
Troels Posborg (Triple E Architect) Soren Arnberg (Construction Manager) and Peter Bertelsen (Head of Hull Construction/M.L.T.) oversee Asiatic fledglings as they build the world’s greatest European mega container ship.
27:25 Brings back work memories.
2) ENGINE: The metallurgical process of forging and casting the Triple E’s massive 30 tonne propellers – Manfred Urban (Managing Director of Mecklenburger Metallguss GmbH).
Jens Otto Monk (Mechanical Engineering Inspector) oversees installation and stress testing of the Triple E’s massive 5 million dollar propeller motors. Martin Gutsch (Project Manager – Erosive Cavitation Simulation). Kelvin Thomsen (Lead Electrical Superintendent) oversees installation of engine wells and highlights safety concerns. Stephen Murdoch (Senior Machinary Superintendent) oversees installation of key mechanical components and installation schedule.
7:17 is the exact steel production mistake the Chinese has still not learned from.
3) C&C: Jens Smidemann (Manager – Wind Tunnel Simulation) collaborating with Naval Architect Troels Posborg troubleshoot exhaust flow from funnels to better acclimate bridge clearance.
“Traditionally we’re a nation of seafarers and have been throughout history, it’s in our blood.” – Jes Meinertz
(Triple E Captain).
Jens Bay (Manager of the Bridge Simulator) faces the daunting task of training even the most experienced seafarer to a new concept of marine vessel.
Kelvin Thomsen oversees the arduous task of laying down enough cable to join Paris and London in length connecting all critical systems from bow to rudder Conveying a total of 2,600 kilowatts of electricity from the generator capacity, enough to power 65,000 Danish households(It takes a total of 6 days to thread all the cable).
Sadly the subtitles are in Taiwanese Moon Runes and I can’t understand a damn thing those Koreans are saying.
Installation of the accommodation block and bridge section takes a total of two weeks to complete. Henrik Knudsen (Trainee Construction Manager – Former E Class Construction Lead). 250sq. meters of glass. The bridge rests directly upon crew quarters like a glass crown, as the analogy expresses installation of this key component is the most perilous and delicate operation, this task falls upon the Goliath super crane which carries 96 super strong cables with a 15 tonne load capacity per line. These cables are then anchored to mounting blocks which are welded directly into the carry load to prevent breakage and accidents.
4) Colossal Cargo (165,000 tonnes): The design philosophy of the Triple E Economics and Engineering emphasizes the most important part of a cargo vessel are not it’s various electrical systems nor it’s engines but rather a set of guiding rails/ brackets which must be installed with precision to allow cargo containers to slide into the cargo hold and remain in place. The 18,000 containers which the Triple E will cargo are unprecedented in history.
“Without these you cannot have any containers on board and you cannot make any money”. – Peter Bertelsen (Head of Hull Construction).
Lars Lubker (Head of Container Technology) Subjects his containers to wrecking simulations as the Maersk Line Triple E poses unique challenges never before seen in container vessels, tests must be able to conclude if the roll of such a colossal vessel at sea is substantial enough to cause such a tall load to topple over. 15 tonnes of weight are applied via hydraulic pistons which simulate the weight of a such a tow load at sea, the containers are also subjected to damage at key points to determine whether crates which are accidentally dropped from a height or collide with objects retain enough structural integrity to remain operational.
21:50 The bane of shipbuilding “Parametric Roll”. Also note non-technological individuals use something like this to discredit the pursuit of high-technology.
Troels Posborg (Triple E Architect) travels to Holland to simulate his unorthodox U shaped hull design in the event of an ocean storm, Bastien Abeil (Project Leader – Oceanic wave simulation) analyzes data from all angles which include Typhoon-like weather which would be the harshest kind of conditions the Triple E would encounter.
Aurealian Vasilache (Shipbuilding Attorney) oversees construction of the ballast tanks and also issues the class certificate (Ship Permit). These Ballast tanks will allow the Triple E to maintain it’s balance during loading an unloading operations, as the drastic shift of weight can spell disaster especially considering the untried new ship design. Each tank numbered at 33 total measures at 28 meters long and is constructed from precision steel which must be completely water-tight and anti-corrosive, any breach might flood water into the hull.
Stephen Murdoch (Senior Machinery Superintendent) overviews emergency fire systems, combustion of chemicals for example are damaging to the environment, crew, cargo and vessel itself. The Triple E boasts a massive extinguishing system which can release a total of 40 tonnes of refrigerated liquid Co2 in the event of such a fire below decks. These extinguisher pipes run throughout the bowels of the ship including the cargo hold with built in sensors at each aperture to sense for the slightest traces of smoke.
Rico Mathiesen (Firefighter-Instructor) leads exercises in order to train crewmen to extinguish blazes top-side in the event of container fires. Considering that fires are internal personnel will not be able to assess threats by visual indication but rather do so via Thermal imaging technology.
39:47 The “Cold Cut Cobra” is deployed to lay waste to blazes once the containers have dropped to suitable temperatures to be approached, this device creates a contact breach with metal containers by firing abrasive iron particles in a stream of high pressure water mist traveling faster than 200 meters per second.
5) Launch! Ship 4250 readies for several coats of practical and cosmetic paint, first 2 layers of Anti-corrosive paint followed by another later to promote paint adhesion , a layer of anti-foaming paint below the waterline completed with a blue coat at the top distinctive of Maersk Lines. All together 40,000 liters of paint are used to coat the Triple E.
Appropriately the paint is branded as “Jotun”. Good paint not only looks good but makes an efficient vessel!
6:30 A brief history of shipbuilding – Copper plates make “Copper Oxide” at thwarting Barnacles, this same principle of old is applied to modern paint practices at thwarting organic debris which impacts drag of vessels.
Everything goes according to plan which concludes with Beer and Barbecue. The only left to finalize is the Triple E production line which includes specialized docks for optimal construction speed.
If one cannot sit through the series I suggest watching just this one, enjoy!