J5082 : Shipping container, Bangor

taken 11 years ago, 3 km from Bangor, Northern Ireland

Shipping container, Bangor
Shipping container, Bangor
A shipping container sitting in a vacant site, between two terraces, on the Seacliff Road in Bangor. It has sat here for several years. The container is registered with the Evergreen Marine Corp. of Taiwan LinkExternal link

(Update: after sitting here for many years it was eventually removed in early 2018 and the site was developed into flats - J5082 : The Seacliff Road, Bangor).
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 .

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 7 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 8 June, 2011
Geographical Context
Coastal  Business, Retail, Services  Roads, Road transport  City, Town centre  Docks, Harbours 
Place (from Tags)
Seacliff Road  Bangor 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 507 823 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:39.9746N 5:39.8292W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 507 823
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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Evergreen Marine Corp  Shipping Container  Container  Shipping  Evergreen 

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