26 octobre 2012

Containers and Container ships (Lo-Lo)

A container ship. Nowadays more and more goods are carried in large containers all over the world. Containers are steel boxes of different sizes (usually 8 by 8 by 20 or 40 feet - 2.4 by 2.4 by 5.9 or 12 metres). The advantages are: Handling at docks is made by machines; and ship's holds can receive containers. Very few stevedores are needed. A container ship takes 12 to 15 men, three to four days to load and unload (instead of a hundred men and 12 to 15 days of loading and unloading). Goods can be received more quickly. ... [Lire la suite]