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Port of Melbourne Hits 3 Million TEUs of Shipping Containers

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As it charges forward to its target capacity of 8 million TEU capacity, the Port of Melbourne has broken an Australian record in the last year, handling 3.018 million TEUs of shipping containers. Will the locals let it reach higher? What are TEUs? Twenty-foot Equivalent Units are the units by which containers are measured. They…

Sydney National Museum ‘Container’ Exhibition Goes on Tour

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Did you know that 99% of trade into and out of Australia comes by shipping container?  Celebrating this, the National Maritime Museum has sent its ‘Container’, shipping container exhibition on tour around the country after its initial spell at the Sydney National Maritime Museum. People in Wollongong can now pay a visit to the six,…

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…

Droughts and Soil Erosion – Could Shipping Container Farms Save Us?

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A new shipping container farm has opened in Brisbane, supplying local businesses with herbs and vegetables that may otherwise have had to be imported from far away. The farm owner went into container farming due to drought on his own land. With our ever less predictable climate, there’s a risk that what arable topsoil we…

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…

The Race for Car Power – A Shipping Container Unit To Power Vehicles

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There’s a race on to power the transport of the future. Carbon isn’t even in the running. The two front runners are hydrogen and batteries as a method of storing electricity. In this piece we will look at a zero carbon emission hydrogen extraction and storage plant that sits in a shipping container, while reflecting…

Lifeboat Station In a Shipping Container?

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We’ve touched on some great uses for shipping containers here at the Gateway Gazette. Here’s one of the most purposeful: a lifeboat station in a shipping container. This isn’t some rusty box dragged onto a beach, but is one where the entire lifeboat station and boat are built in the UK and donated to countries…