[VIDEO] How a Steel Box Changed the World: A Brief History of Shipping

March 8, 2018

Last year the shipping industry transported more than $4 trillion worth of goods all over the world on huge container vessels. Although these mighty boats are now the backbone of global supply chains, shipping wasn’t always so efficient. This video takes a look at how these metal behemoths revolutionized an ancient industry and the ways they continue to innovate today.

Questions:

  1. How did large container vessels revolutionize the shipping industry?
  2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using large container ships to transport products around the world?

One Response to [VIDEO] How a Steel Box Changed the World: A Brief History of Shipping

  • How did large container vessels revolutionize the shipping industry?
    Container shipping changed the world through globalization Several people had toyed with the idea of putting cargo in big boxes, trucking company owner Malcolm McLean is generally credited with inventing the shipping container.

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of using large container ships to transport products around the world?
    Fast transportation at a low cost
    A secure means of cargo transport with low energy consumption
    A versatile, highly flexible means of transport

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