J3475 : Shipping containers, Belfast

taken 7 years ago, near to Skegoneill, Cliftonville, Queens Island, Belfast County Borough and Shankill, Northern Ireland

Shipping containers, Belfast
Shipping containers, Belfast
The area around York Dock in Belfast now seems to be used to store shipping containers (empty, I presume, as the dock no longer handles container ships such as J3475 : The York Dock, Belfast (1)). These examples are from the Finnish based company 'Containerships' LinkExternal link and Latvian company 'Kuršių Linija' LinkExternal link (which was acquired by the former a few years ago).
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, 17 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Thursday, 23 April, 2015
Geographical Context
Coastal  Business, Retail, Services  Docks, Harbours 
Place (from Tags)
York Dock  Belfast Docks 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 346 754 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.5800N 5:54.9866W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 347 754
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Belfast Harbour  Belfast Docks  Shipping Container  Shipping Containers 

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