"Although we are a big company with nearly 7,000 employees in 21 countries and on board a number of ships, we all have participated with great commitment and creativity. We are proud to have created this great bid for a world record with fingerprints of our employees from all locations," DFDS CEO Niels Smedegaard told Danish news outlet Søfart.
DFDS' employees from all of the company's offices and ships jointly built the Lego ship presented to the public. The goal was to make it in to the Guinness Book of Records.
Naturally, building the world's largest Lego ship required a lot of free hands, cooperation and coordination. This task unified DFDS employees during the summer, as the effort combined numerous ships and offices, which were kept busy assembling the ship.
The ship floats and after a tour around Denmark it will head to the Tall Ship's Races in Blyth, England.
The project was supported by the Lauritzen Foundation, which as part of DFDS annually spends up to 30 million DKK (roughly 5 million dollars) on projects with social, cultural, educational and maritime focus.
Today, the ship will be in Copenhagen at a launch ceremony, attended by DFDS chairman Bent Østergaard along with director of the Lauritzen Foundation, Inge Grønvold, who will jointly baptize the ship at the DFDS Terminal.
DFDS originated in 1866, when its founder Carl Frederik Tietgen presented his vision to bring together Danish steamship operators into a larger, more powerful company.