SHIPPING CONTAINERS MAKING THE WORLD GO ROUND
In our world, very few things maintain consistency across different countries. Languages, money, governments, are all important factors in regional operations across the globe, yet they all differ from each other. This shows that in the discussion of the defining factors of our world, that a global standard has proved to be a rarity. However, the transport and logistics industry has broken this mould. With the adoption of a worldwide commonality, in the form of shipping containers, they are able to function impeccably in their field. Often overlooked in the discussion of progressive technology, shipping containers have provided a platform to create a network of relationships that facilitate global corporations and individuals to shape transcontinental connections.
The vessels (be it ships, trains, or trucks) that transport this cargo across the globe are integral factors in the function of the economy. Acceleration of globalisation can be attributed to the role containers have in our world as its design and versatility opens up the possibility of intermodal transportation – where it can be moved by train, ship, and truck seamlessly. Such advances can draw parallels with the impact that the development of roads, train lines, and canals had years ago. With distance proving to be a large problem for nations, companies and individuals to trade, containers combined with these modes of transport have greatly assisted in developing intercontinental synergy for all parties involved.
The effectiveness of the container’s global standard has seen a change in the geography of global shipping. To cater for the container’s standards, a number of cities (like Sydney for example) have moved their harbours to deeper waters. These changes are a step in the right direction in terms of economical progression as larger ports allow for an increase in the volume of imports and exports and, in turn, open up the potential to establish greater trade deals with nations around the world.
This increase in trade has seen more shipping containers being manufactured resulting in a rise in damaged containers. Following the progressive trend of the transport and logistics industry, innovative ways have come to fruition in regards to recycling these containers. Going beyond the importance of their use in the operations of global logistics, shipping containers are now being modified to create living spaces, restaurants, bars and more, demonstrating just how integral these objects are in contributing and developing the global economy.