Many, probably most of you, have never thought that more than three quarters of the stuff you have around you was transported by a ship. Seaborne trade is a big industry, rarely under the spotlights (and when it is, it's usually negative publicity) - but it has a lot of history, and is still alive and kicking. Everything around an average ship is measured in thousands: working hours, tonnes of steel, cubic metres of capacity, you name it. I managed to visit a ship ready to start its life just yesterday, and wanted to share some pics. Here she is, with her sister (a ship of the same design) in the background: Newbuild by Cadenela, on Flickr Going 15 meters up the gangway, this is the view: Gangway by Cadenela, on Flickr As I arrived on deck, there was a firedrill going on: Fire drill by Cadenela, on Flickr I then went for a round and started from the engineroom - here is the head of the engine (more than 8500 kW power, burning 30 tons of fuel a day): Engine by Cadenela, on Flickr A view from the Master's office: Deck from Master's office by Cadenela, on Flickr And one of the bridge: Bridge by Cadenela, on Flickr I then went on deck, here you can see the ship's bell: Bell by Cadenela, on Flickr And the funnell, with the company's flag: Funnell by Cadenela, on Flickr A view of the slipway, where ships meet the sea for the first time, through a line eye: Slipway by Cadenela, on Flickr I then went off the ship - here you can see the draft marks and load line (called Plimsoll mark): Load line by Cadenela, on Flickr And of the bow: Bow by Cadenela, on Flickr And the people who built her: Workers by Cadenela, on Flickr At the end an interesting, often overlooked bit - all the halls still bear the austrian names on the front, as the shipyard used to be the austrian war arsenal, in the old days... Austrian hall by Cadenela, on Flickr All taken with a GX1 and PL25. Thanks for looking!