J3677 : Container vessels, Belfast

taken 16 years ago, 3 km from Holywood, Co Down, Northern Ireland

Container vessels, Belfast
Container vessels, Belfast
The large container ship 'Manolis P' and the smaller 'Coastal Deniz' at the Victoria Terminals in Belfast. The small boat in the foreground is the Belfast harbour pilot boat 'PB2'.
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
Friday, 4 July, 2008   (more nearby)
Monday, 7 July, 2008
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Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 365 779 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:37.8852N 5:53.1543W
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Irish: geotagged! J 356 762
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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