J3475 : The York Dock, Belfast (1)

taken 31 years ago, near to Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

The York Dock, Belfast (1)
The York Dock, Belfast (1)
Before the building of the Victoria Terminal at the entrance to Belfast harbour many of the container ships were handled at the York Dock. It was not the easiest of places to enter or depart and there was a limited amount of storage space for the ever-growing container business.
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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J3475, 773 images   (more nearby search)
Date Taken
Saturday, 5 June, 1993   (more nearby)
Saturday, 5 July, 2008
Dock   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 347 755 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.6057N 5:54.9110W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 348 755
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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