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Project Xenia – A School Library of Two Shipping Containers

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Pupils in the English North Somerset town of Clevedon have got together to fundraise for a new library consisting of two shipping containers.  Clevedon is a sleepy seaside town on the Bristol Channel close to Avonmouth Docks, a medium sized port near the city of Bristol. It has a rich maritime heritage, that the pupils…

Moving Refrigerated Goods Around the World by Container: a Science not an Art!

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Shipping container transport is so ubiquitous that we take it for granted that many of the goods in our home, medicines and food, may have come to us in a humble shipping container.  For around the first 20 years of shipping container transport, perishable goods were a liability. In bright sunshine, the contents of the…

Visible Police and Army Presence in a Modified Shipping Container

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The ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq is a concept known as asymmetric warfare – there are multiple frontlines in different enclaves and the enemy is as likely to come from behind as it is from directly in front of you. Those controlling a certain area need to have an obvious presence wherever they may…

NZ Chiefs: Shipping Container Corporate Boxes at Waikato Stadium

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Top New Zealand rugby team the New Zealand Chiefs are to have 14 shipping container corporate hospitality boxes installed just eight metres from the goal line of Waikato Stadium.  Liked or loathed by ordinary rugby fans, corporate hospitality is a major money earner for rugby teams – in the Chiefs’ estimate, some 75% of their…

Container Social Housing in the Most Expensive City in the World

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Hong Kong is the most expensive city in the world in terms of housing prices relative to average income. Not everyone can afford a US$900,000 apartment, and those who face crises such as a lost job can be in real trouble very quickly. The authorities looked around the world for solutions to the problem and…

Prisoners Build Shipping Container Op Shops for Shakti in NZ

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Prisoners serving time in Auckland are to learn construction skills while converting shipping containers into op shops for the Shakti charity. This is a win-win. The prisoners converting the shipping containers into the shops will be able to learn new skills that will help get them jobs and hopefully stay out of trouble on their…

World’s First ‘Unmanned’ Container Port Opens in Shanghai

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Shipping container logistics is about driving efficiencies into the supply chain. A lot of those inefficiencies being driven out are humans. The Shanghai Yangshan Deep-Water Port has been billed as the ‘word’s first unmanned container port’, which isn’t exactly true – to unload and reload a containership it requires nine men in an office, not…

How An Interactive Robotic System Can Unload Shipping Containers

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A university in Germany is developing a robot to unload shipping containers. This is one of the most complex processes in shipping container logistics.  Robots on the march One of the coolest things about shipping containers is that they can carry almost anything and be moved around the world in a super-efficient process that is…