Ever wanted to just set sail off around the world? You’d better watch this video first. Filmmaker JeffHK takes us through getting pounded by extreme weather aboard a container ship crossing the Atlantic.
The 300m long container ship is sailing to the U.S. across the Atlantic. JeffHK takes us through the way the ship monitors the weather and how the vessel takes precautions against possible inclement weather. As the boat hits a low about halfway during the cross, things get rough. Don’t watch this video with a queasy belly. The ship rolls and pitches with enough force to make you giddy.
Jeff explains how after a few days the ship’s crew, who are required to stay inside the ship’s cabin become exhausted as lying still is impossible. Waves as high as 9 meters pound the steel-reinforced hull causing it to twist and bend under the massive force of the water. Finally, the weather clears and Jeff inspects the damage. The ship has lost a firebox and a life buoy. A small price to pay for such a potentially deadly experience.
Typical freighter ships take 10 -20 days to cross the Atlantic and can encounter monstrous weather conditions. While the ship’s captain is updated with weather reports hourly and adjusts the ship’s course accordingly, the unavoidable weather is not uncommon.
JeffHK is a hip young filmmaker with a series of videos about his life as a mariner aboard container ships. His worth-a-watch channel features lots of captivating footage of his life aboard these massive ships.