The safety raft is the orange boat at a 45 degree angle above–everyone climbs on board and it is literally jettisoned from the ship at a distance of about 40′ or 50′ like a submarine which then bobs and uprights itself.
This is the loading ramp–a real climb aboard is required. There is also a secret hiding compartment for the entire crew should pirates take over the ship. Like a bank vault. Yikes…..this sailing stuff is serious!
This is the engine–a Wartsilla 8RTflex68D–tier II. And this is only the top level which extends four floors downward. The stroke on each piston is almost 9′ turning at 92rpm with a capacity of 95rpm which swings an almost 25′ propeller! Here’s the fact sheet for more info:
The main cargo hold is nearly empty–perhaps because of the Brexit issues or our our robust economy in the US. The last two ports-of-call were New York City and Halifax, NS where I got on. There are several cargo levels like this which can collapse and accept containers.
So…..the containers. This ship can haul 3800 and each container can max out at 80,000 lbs which equals 152000 tons of cargo. The Atlantic Sun was built in 2014 (keel) delivered in 2017–all fabricated in China and sports this innovative loading design which needs no locking of ‘cans’ together–they simply slide down into these slots–like a Pez dispenser and each load or unload is under a minute. When the ship is in port, it’s a quick turnaround–no wasting time. Next…..a bridge tour and landing in Liverpool negotiating a clever lock-system…. Stay tuned!