J3678 : The 'Conmar Elbe' at Belfast

taken 6 years ago, near to Queens Island, Whitehouse and Greencastle, Northern Ireland

The 'Conmar Elbe' at Belfast
The 'Conmar Elbe' at Belfast
Seen across the RSPB reserve, this is the 131m Cypriot registered container ship 'Conmar Elbe' LinkExternal link at Belfast docks. The ship is currently operating a weekly service between Belfast, Greenock, Liverpool and Le Havre.
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
Saturday, 28 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Coastal  City, Town centre  Industry  Docks, Harbours 
Place (from Tags)
Belfast Docks  Belfast 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 366 780 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:37.9373N 5:53.0493W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 373 778
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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