Let me show you how containers work
It’s possible that most things around you right now
came from a container ship The food you ate
the phone or computer you are looking at We have anything from apples
to frozen meat to explosive or toxic gases on the ship
Some of the things we carry is pretty bizarre But Everything actually begins in the office
with a team of people we call “central planners” They draw up cargo plans for the whole supply
chain Then its sent to our chief mate to adjust
as required The containers are loaded by the port’s
crane some say they were used by the Empire Starting from the bottom stacking up like
Legos These cargo holds can be as deep as 40 times
40 meters The space are built with these long sail guides
that runs downward it secures the containers in place And this.. is what an empty cargo hold looks like Once its filled, a “hatch cover” is placed
on top so that more containers can be loaded The ones above on deck will need extra lashings
to secure them Workers from the port handle the physical
labor of lashing Thank god because these full metal rods are
very very heavy Turnbuckles are twisted to tighten the steel
rods For that we have
Turnbuckle, short bars, long bars, and twist locks There’s actually a few different type of twists lock on our ship
Some are manual some are automatic It all depends on the location of the container
but they serve the same purpose which is to lock containers together Once again it really is just like stacking Legos
The fruits and frozen products are transported by reefers
Reefers are short for refrigerated containers They are pretty much a gigantic portable fridge
It can keep temperatures anywhere from room temperature to -30 degrees
That’s…-90 Fahrenheit for murica folks So what’s my part in all this? Well as 3rd mate
My job during cargo operations is to monitor the loading and discharging progress
Afterwards checking the lashings to make sure it’s done properly
The last thing we’d want are containers falling into the sea if we ever run into bad
weather Other than that we keep watch on the overall
condition of the ship Including safety and security
Checking the mooring lines and looking out for any suspicious activity like stowaways
or pirates So that was a general overview of how cargo
operations are done on container ships If you’d got any specific questions make
sure to leave it down in the comments below And as always thanks for watching