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|Monday, 25 October 2004|
CSCL Asiaand the
My sister Gabriëlla Nootenboom is an employee of China Shipping in Rotterdam. She invited me to come and see the vessel at ECT's delta terminal.
Vessel is too small a word.
This new ship is a giant.
I am used to big airplanes, but compared to this giant a jumbo jet is just a insignificant aircraft.
The coach that brought us here looks like a toy next to this giant.
Just the name of the ship outsizes the whole bus many times.
Climbing aboard takes a major stairway, yet we are just at "deck-level". Climb another 7 floors till we reach the bridge. There is an elevator available, but it carries 5 persons at most. A coach full of Rotterdammers does not fit.
|CSCL Asia Ship Manager
talking to Gabriëlla Nootenboom
Picture by: July
His colleague, the ships manager is much more talkative. Full of pride he explains about his crew of 23, the ship, the work. A duty roster shows the shifts, 4 hour duties, followed by 8 hour rest.
What are these for slimy things? Who dares to take one?Well, there is more to Chinese food than the well known sweet and sour pork.
Going down the stairs I realise again how high deck level really is. This is not a ship, it is a giant for which superlatives are not enough.
IM Simon Goede, † oct 2004, KLM IT manager