J3576 : The 'Deneb J' at Belfast

taken 10 years ago, near to Queens Island, Ballymacarret, Cliftonville, Skegoneill and Greencastle, Northern Ireland

The 'Deneb J' at Belfast
The 'Deneb J' at Belfast
Container vessel 'Deneb J' at Stormont Wharf in Belfast. Container vessels such as these do not normally berth here as there are dedicated container terminals in other parts of the docks - see J3678 : 'Emstal' loading in Belfast.
Shipping containers
The idea and creation of the modern shipping container can be credited to American businessman (and former trucking company owner) Malcolm McLean in 1955. Rather than wait days for ships to be loaded and unloaded he devised a simple system where goods could be packed into standardised, rugged containers - these could then be carried by road or rail but also loaded, locked and stacked securely on board ships for transport across the globe and easily unloaded at the other end. The system revolutionised modern transportation of goods, increasing efficiency, lowering costs but also costing thousands of jobs across ports around the world. Today around 90% of non-bulk cargo is carried via shipping containers. In the UK, enormous ships that can carry over 14,000 containers arrive into ports such as Felixstowe and Harwich or nearby Rotterdam. Containers are then unloaded and moved across the country by road, rail or onto smaller 'feeder' ships that can navigate other ports around the country. To understand more about the process see the BBC Box project at LinkExternal link which tracked the route of a shipping container across the globe or the excellent programme 'The Box that Changed Britain' - frequently repeated on BBC4 and thus available on the iPlayer at LinkExternal link .
Stormont Wharf, Belfast
Wharf at the Victoria Channel, Belfast docks. The wharf was constructed 1956-62 by Charles Brand & Son, to provide a total lineal quayage of 580 metres; this was further extended by an additional 250 metres which was completed in 2009. Stormont Wharf is now one of the longest deep water quays in Ireland.
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Wednesday, 7 October, 2009   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 7 October, 2009
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Boat or ship > Container ship   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 353 762 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.9512N 5:54.3174W
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Irish: geotagged! J 356 762
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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