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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…

Weird and Wonderful Things Carried in Shipping Containers

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Container ships have revolutionised the world of cargo. Where once moving goods by sea cost around 25% of their final retail value, container ships have brought the cost down to as little as 2.5 cents per unit for a 5,000 mile journey across the ocean. The trade off is that where once cargo was visible…