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Electric, Fully Autonomous Containership Barges to Ply European Waterways

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New electric powered container carrying barges are being built to carry shipping containers around Europe’s inland waterways. Highways of ages The great rivers of Europe, including the Rhine, Seine and Danube, have been the major cargo highways of the continent for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. Despite the advantages of trucks and trains, they are…

Startups Driving Efficiency Into The Shipping Container Supply Chain

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Moving a shipping container around the world today is a lot more efficient than the old ‘break bulk’ method. Though on the ground the movements can be quite simple, there is still a lot of inefficiency in getting a company to handle those movements. After establishing the problem we will look at four companies trying…

Shipping Container Farms in the Arctic?

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A box of tricks that stops malnutrition, tackles food poverty and creates jobs. A top end shipping container indoor farm can sell cheaper and better produce to Inuit villages than food flown in from urban centres in Canada. The problem Inuit communities face Isolated Inuit communities in the far north of Canada have a problem:…

A Shipping Container Full of Beer? That’ll Do Fine, Cheers!

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Iceland has the peculiar honour of having more American tourists visit the country every year than its entire national population. The idea then that the US Maine Brewer’s Guild should send a shipping container with 78 types of beer to a beer festival in Iceland this summer isn’t as silly as you might think… Wait…

China Takes Steps to Make Containers More Environmentally Friendly

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China’s government has made a move to reduce the environmental impact of shipping containers. This has temporarily ceased 70% of new container production and will put the price up on new containers. The good thing is that those workers making the containers won’t be exposed to dangerously high levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in…

Could Shipping Container Farms Save Humanity?

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Tesla and SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk said in late 2016, there are two ‘fundamental paths’ humanity can take: “One is that we stay on Earth forever and then there will be an inevitable extinction event,” he said. “The alternative is to become a spacefaring civilisation, and a multi-planetary species.” Musk has taken the first step…

SideArm: Bringing Fire to the Enemy in a Shipping Container

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Whatever you think of the United States projecting their strength around the world, they sometimes come up with some pretty cool gadgets to make this happen. The US military research lab DARPA’s newest toy is the SideArm, a launching and recovery system for unmanned drones, that fits inside the footprint of a 20ft shipping container…