From Breakbulk To The Container

The Arts Mechanical

The shipping container, the vessels that carry them and the land vehicles that carry them represent a revolution in the way cargo gets moved across the world. The full impact of that revolution is still being felt.  The one thing that is certain is, that like it or not the world is going to be more connected than it has ever been in history as getting stuff from point “A” to point “B” has never been cheaper. To understand the full impact of the revolution We need to start at the beginning.

For most of history the way a ship was loaded cargo did not really change very much. Loading a ship  was backbreaking labor over gangplank or lifted from a lighter onto the ship with a capstan. This limited the size of what could be put on board.  For most of history most cargo vessels were not much different than this one. Whatever they…

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