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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…

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…

Could Digitisation Change the Shipping Industry?

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Apart from ships getting larger and the introduction of automation, the shipping container liner industry has changed little since the concept first emerged in the 1950’s. But could digitisation of the global economy change this forever? How liners operate today Shipping container lines operate a number of ships that do set routes. One may leave…

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…

How Shipping Containers Changed the World

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As you read this, more than 20 million shipping containers are plying the world’s oceans. We see them everywhere, whether as rusting storage sheds, beautiful mansions or on the highways and motorways of the world as they go from customer to seaport. Less than a lifetime ago, shipping containers were only a concept, yet due…