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It's about twelve stories tall above sea level at peak, and has a capacity of about 4,000 containers. Living quarters are a relatively tiny section in the middle of the ship.We were essentially living in a narrow nine-story apartment building located in a sea of containers.Everyone else was on a four month stint on board, continuously looping around the Pacific.The officers were mostly German, with a few Poles and Filipinos; the crew was all Filipino, with one European.Click here to see a slideshow(accommodations, food, engine room, etc.) SHIP: Container ships carry cargo in containers, the kind you see on freight trains, and are responsible for moving around much of the world's manufactured products.Our ship, the MV Hanjin Madrid, is Korean-owned, and managed by NSB, a German shipping company.We've arrived in Japan, after ten days traveling by container ship.We boarded the MV Hanjin Madrid at the Port of Seattle, and disembarked today in Yokohama.
Much of the voyage was quite comfortable, like being in a subway, or a passenger airplane under reasonable conditions; it's easy to ignore low-grade jittery motion.
We'd envisioned roughing it across the ocean, but instead, we were put up in a very nice sixth-floor cabin, 320 square feet (30 square meters) in size, with a large sitting room, a bedroom with a queen-sized bed, and small private bathroom.