J3778 : The "Elbstrom", Belfast harbour (March 2019)

taken 14 days ago, 3 km from Greencastle, Northern Ireland

The "Elbstrom", Belfast harbour (March 2019)
The "Elbstrom", Belfast harbour (March 2019)
The containership “Elbstrom” (2008/139 metres/11,051 dwt) LinkExternal link arriving from Rotterdam via Dublin. Previously seen as the “Iris Bolten” J4081 : The "Iris Bolten", Belfast Lough (September 2015).
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
Monday, 11 March, 2019   (more nearby)
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Monday, 11 March, 2019
Geographical Context
Docks, Harbours 
Place (from Tags)
Belfast 
Primary Subject of Photo
Ship 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 372 787 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:38.2721N 5:52.4650W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 372 782
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