Because of the ubiquity of shipping containers, we take them for granted in today’s society. But you only need to go back 60 years and we had no shipping containers- no intermodal transport systems.
How is it that the world knows the name Henry Ford yet not Malcom McLean? Today we are going to look at the history of shipping containers- what we used before them, how and who invented them and finally, the impact they have had on globalization and the world as we know it today...
It took a mere 10 years for the first every international container ship voyage. In April 1966, Sea-Land’s Fairland sailed from the US to the Netherlands with a whopping 236 containers on-board.
From here container ships saw a massive expansion, and in 1968 container ships had the capacity to carry around 1,000 TEUs- this was exceptionally large at the time.
Many claim containers have been the single largest driver in globalization over the last 60 years.
Wow, how about that! I bet you didn’t know that the humble shipping container experienced such an interesting beginning! Who knew that what we are now using to build our homes with changed the world so much…
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