16 Fun Facts About Shipping Containers
There are countless creative things you can do with a shipping container, but do you ever wonder what the deal with these containers is? Here are some fun facts about shipping containers.
- Ships move approximately 95 percent of the world’s cargo. Since shipping costs are still high, it is more affordable to send high volume good on cargo ships.
- Due to a lower labor rate, approximately 97 percent of shipping containers are made in China.
- Shipping lines own about 50 percent of the shipping containers in the world. The other half of containers are leased, usually for between one and 10 years.
- If a shipping container is properly taken care of, it can last 20 or more years.
- A 40-foot shipping container can hold over 8,000 shoe boxes, and a 20-foot container can hold about 3,500.
- It is estimated that between 2,000 and 10,000 containers get lost at sea every year. This equals out to approximately one falling off a ship every hour. Little is known about what happens to a container when it falls overboard.
- A 40-foot Conex container full of 28,000 rubber ducks fell into the Pacific Ocean in 1992, and they are still being washed ashore today. There was a website set up to track these ducks, and one person wrote a book about these ducks.
- The current number of containers in the world is estimated to be between five million and 170 million.
- The shipping industry has spent over $236 billion on buying new ships to carrying more containers.
- Currently, over 17 million containers are in circulation around the globe, and they make approximately 200 million trips per year.
- Malcom McLean made the first shipping container in 1956, to replace the break-bulk style of handling containers, it was eight feet tall and eight feet wide.
- In 2010, it was estimated that over 530 million containers in the world.
- The busiest port in the world is the Port of Shanghai, and in 2013 it handled over 33 million containers.
- Once an ISO tank, which is made to transport food or liquid in a shipping container, has been tagged for food or chemicals, it cannot be used for any other kind of cargo ever. This is to prevent contamination.
- In 2012 a three-month-old kitten named Ni Hao snuck aboard a container in China and was trapped in there for the two-week journey to the United States. The kitten survived the 10,450-kilometer journey with no access to food and water and was nursed back to health when he arrived in Los Angeles. He was adopted out a few weeks later after he recovered. This famous kitten had over 80 people wanting to adopt him.
- The largest cargo ship is more than 400 meters long and carries 15,000 shipping containers. Those 15,000 containers can house 745 million bananas.
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