J5082 : The 'Vega Stockholm' off Bangor

taken 7 years ago, 3 km from Bangor, Northern Ireland

The 'Vega Stockholm' off Bangor
The 'Vega Stockholm' off Bangor
Due to severe weather conditions in Belfast Lough from the 22nd-24th March 2013, particularly gale force easterly winds, a large number of ships were unable to dock and sought shelter off Bangor. This is the 129m Liberian flagged container ship 'Vega Stockholm' LinkExternal link in Bangor Bay.
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
Sunday, 24 March, 2013   (more nearby)
Monday, 25 March, 2013
Geographical Context
Coastal  Business, Retail, Services  Docks, Harbours 
Place (from Tags)
Bangor Bay  Bangor  Belfast Lough 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 503 829 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:40.3211N 5:40.1814W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 508 822
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Belfast Lough  Bangor Bay  Bangor (Co Down)  Bangor  Container Ship  Shipping Container  Vega Stockholm 

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