Industry News

  • Panama Canal Expansion Opens East Coast to New Class of Giant Container Ships

    The largest shipping container ship to ever visit the east coast of the United States docked in Bayonne, New Jersey, on July 8 th . The MOL Benefactor measures 1115 feet long and 158 feet wide. It has a capacity of 10,000 twenty foot container equivalents according to the data sheet provided by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines. Until June 26th of this year, no ship of this size had ever passed through the Panama Canal for one very simple reason- the Panama Canal wasn’t big enough. A multi-year canal...

  • People Walk Through Shipping Container Portals to Connect to Distant Cultures

    Shipping containers are intended to ship goods and materials all around the globe. They are loaded up and placed on container ships which sail across the oceans. A typical shipment takes 1-3 weeks depending upon where the ship is sailing to or from. Recently, however, Shared Studios has set-up shipping containers that can instantly connect Newark, New Jersey, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Havana, Cuba; Tehran, Iran; Nairobi, Kenya; Kigali, Rwanda; Erbil, Iraq; or Mexico City, Mexico. It’s not a...

  • Global Shipping Glut Causes Container Prices to Slide

    The primary use for shipping containers worldwide is, obviously, shipping. Goods are loaded into the containers which are then placed onto specialized container ships so that the goods can be brought to market. When fewer goods are being shipped, therefore, fewer containers are needed. Shipping rates fall as shippers compete for fewer loads, and there is a lower demand for new shipping containers.  The Wall Street Journal reports that shippers are taking both containers and container ships out...

  • Ford Uses Converted Shipping Containers to Build Mobile Wind Tunnel

    Just in case you had any doubts about whether a shipping container can be customized to fit your specific application, take a look at what Ford Motor Company has done with two 53 foot shipping containers. Ford’s engineers have designed and built a mobile aeroacoustic wind tunnel that can produce steady, highway speed winds to test the interior noise levels of any vehicle they produce. Ford designed the wind tunnel inside shipping containers to make it easy to pack it up and move it between...

  • Shipping Container Industry Celebrates 60th Birthday

    Shipping containers today are used not only for overseas shipping, but as storage containers, refrigerated storage space, and even elegant homes. Everybody knows what a shipping container is. What most people don’t know, however, is that April 26, 2016 marked just the 60th anniversary of the very first shipping container. As MarineLink points out, the advent of shipping containers and dedicated container ships has made it dramatically easier and cheaper to ship goods around the globe. It was...

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