J3879 : The "Svitzer Sussex", Belfast Lough, March 2015(2)

taken 9 years ago, near to Holywood, Co Down, Northern Ireland

The "Svitzer Sussex", Belfast Lough, March 2015(2)
The "Svitzer Sussex", Belfast Lough, March 2015(2)
See J3879 : The "Svitzer Sussex", Belfast Lough, March 2015(1). The “Svitzer Sussex” passing the containership “Anne Sibum” J3879 : The "Anne Sibum", Belfast Lough (March 2015) before attaching a line to the ship’s stern. Subject position approximate. Continue to J3879 : The "Svitzer Sussex", Belfast Lough, March 2015(3).
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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J3879, 14 images   (more nearby search)
Date Taken
Thursday, 19 March, 2015   (more nearby)
Thursday, 19 March, 2015
Geographical Context
Coastal  Docks, Harbours 
Primary Subject of Photo
Place (from Tags)
Holywood  Belfast Lough 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 385 796 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:38.7686N 5:51.2771W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 391 790
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Mist  Ship  Belfast Harbour  Container Ship  Tug  Boat 

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