J3778 : The 'Nordic Hamburg' at Belfast

taken 7 months ago, near to Holywood, Co Down, Northern Ireland

The 'Nordic Hamburg' at Belfast
The 'Nordic Hamburg' at Belfast
152m Portuguese flagged container vessel 'Nordic Hamburg' LinkExternal link arriving into Belfast from Rotterdam. A short video is available at LinkExternal link .
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
Saturday, 30 September, 2023   (more nearby)
Sunday, 1 October, 2023
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Coastal  Docks, Harbours 
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Irish: geotagged! J 3745 7885 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:38.3449N 5:52.3125W
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Irish: geotagged! J 3741 7848
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Container Vessel  Container Ship  Shipping Containers  Shipping Container  Container Ships  Belfast  Ship  Shipping  Ships  Containers 

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