Many people are surprised to learn that only around 20 people make up the crew of a modern container ship. The crew on board a Hapag-Lloyd container ship is well trained and everyone knows their role and what they have to do.
The regular crew comprises of 22 sailors. They are often joined by additional special crew members, depending on the journey. We take a look at the team on board the “Hong Kong Express” (13,200 TEU), which sails on our Loop 7 service between Asia and Northern Europe, and explain who holds each position on deck, in the engine room and in the service area – and what their duties are.
Officer on Watch (OOW)
Ariel Agalla is one of the ship’s two nautical officers on watch. While at sea, he keeps watch on the bridge from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. His duties also include safety on board.
John Ryan Consad is the second nautical officer on watch. He does the “0-4 watch”, which means he keeps watch on the bridge while at sea from midnight to 4 a.m. and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. His responsibilities include updating the nautical charts and logs and maintaining the bridge equipment.
Generoso Caneja assists the Chief Officer with day-to-day duties and supervises the seamen working on the deck of the 366-meter-long ship.
Able body Seamen
As seamen with certified training, Angelito Segundino, Cesar Escobal and Maurice Bajo take
care of maintenance work, cleaning and painting work on deck.
As Chief Mate, Alexander Hren is the captain’s right-hand man and is primarily in charge of the deck team, as well as the cargo, safety and environmental protection, among other things. His watch on the bridge while at sea lasts from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Engineer on Watch (EOW)
As “third engineer”, Christoph Heers is primarily in charge of the auxiliary diesel engines, which supply the ship with power when in port.
Günter Naborowski is responsible for the ship, its crew and its cargo – and must manage the ship in accordance with national and international laws.
Ansgar Lehmköster is jointly responsible for ensuring that the 71,000 hp main engine in particular operates smoothly and he assigns duties to the engine crew.
Danilo Napoto is part of the engine crew and primarily takes care of any repairs that may be needed.
Pawel Sobolewski is head of the engine crew and almost equal to the captain. As Chief, he is responsible for the smooth operation of the engines.
Aivan Delgado is an additional crew member on this journey. He performs daily checks to ensure
that all of the reefer containers on board are operating exactly as specified and he is able to intervene directly if necessary.
Nautical Officer’s Assistant
John Aumüller’s career to become a captain begins on board. During his training, which lasts around a year and a half, he spends at least twelve months at sea. He will then study NOA nautical science at university.
Lasse Gawande’s training as a ship’s mechanic lasts three years. He is one of more than 100 sea-based trainees at Hapag-Lloyd.
Uriel Lumanog helps the cook to prepare the meals and serves the officers in the mess room. His duties also include cleaning the chambers when guests come on board.
It is important to have good food on board. Joesie Alidron is responsible for the kitchen and its food supplies.
Genadij Dubrow’s main duty is to maintain all the electrical equipment in the engine room, as well as on deck and on the bridge.
Mac Lawrence Dadivas and Remar Locsin carry out jobs for the engineers and perform “engine watch”, which means monitoring the operation of the engines.
Juan Carlos Nirza and Jay Vee Cruz help with the engine room duties.
As regular seamen, Gabriel Yana, Rheinell Nolasco and Michael Nierra have similar duties on deck as the able body seamen. These include operating the ropes and the anchor at the bow and stern of the ship when it is docking and casting off.