A Life of a Container - Part 1 of 3

A Life of a Container - Part 1 of 3

8/16/2014 Umut Türker 2161 Times Read

At a Zoo, a little boy pointed to a very large animal and asked, "Daddy, what is that?" The boy's father said, "That is a beer". Under his breath, my father-in-law said, "And that is whiskey!" (The animal, of course, was a bear not a beer.)
A person may not have the ability to communicate effectively or accurately in English, but that does not stop him from wondering. Where do babies come from? Are we in the desert yet? How do we get to the Moon? Why does it rain? Why is the sky blue? Where is Timbuktu?

 

For several years, I have wondered about cranes next to tall buildings under construction, or on top of high-rises or skyscrapers. How do they get there? How do they put in those large, heavy concrete slabs to balance the crane? These cranes seem to appear magically; one day they are not there, but they are there the next day. I am sure that there is something on Youtube or Yahoo Answers about this, but I have not yet searched them. Until that time, I am left in wonder.



A similar mystery is of containers (or, more technically, intermodal freight shipping container). These can be found everywhere: on trains, trucks, ships and planes. On planes, because of the need to stay in flight, the containers are made of a different material and size. There are larger airplanes, however, that are built to house even the standard container.

 

We make international freight easier

The history of the idea of such a container predates all the carriers (except ships, which have been around for thousands of years) and has been around since the 1780s. In practice, though, they started in the 1950s, when the United States military started developing them in conjunction with shipping owner Malcom McLean and engineer Keith Tantlinger. In the late 1960s, shipping captains began to see their first containers, and soon, there were ships built specifically to carry these containers.