It's a big day for the 23-year-old junior officer of the MSC Oscar: he's bringing in the giant vessel to port for the first time in his career - a tricky maneuver in a narrow waterway known for its strong currents.
In the world of ships, they don't come much bigger than container ship MSC Oscar. At nearly 1,300 feet long and 200 feet wide, she can transport almost 20,000 crates of cargo. There's no other efficient way to transport goods around the globe. Join her on her latest mission, a 30-day, 12,000-mile voyage from China to Malaysia to Germany, and meet the skilled crew, engineers, and operators who keep these containers moving on and off Oscar and across the globe, 24/7.
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