Sean377 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1225 posts, RR: 44 Posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1616 times:
In an attempt to tell the story of international trade and globalisation, the BBC plans to track a shipping container as it travels around the world for a full year. I thought it might be an idea to monitor it's progress.
The journey began on Tuesday when the container left Southampton docks and travelled by road to Scotland where it picked up it's first load, Scotch Whisky bound for China.
The container is now on a ship in the Irish Sea, looks like it might stop off at Dublin.
When I first saw this article on TV, I got the impression the container was picked at random, painted to make it stand out, GPS added, then put back into the big wide world of containers. Therefore, it could end up being shipped by any company, anywhere - it will be treated as any other container.
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Petertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3270 posts, RR: 12 Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1391 times:
Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 1): Its a good idea and doable since we have a-netters stationed all over the world. I
We don't need a.netter stationed across the world. The article mentioned the carrier to be NYK lines, so most likely a NYK container was used (having said that, the colour of NYK's containers is normally blue but perhaps the BBC painted it over). Anyway. NYK offer online tracking.
Now we only need one a.netter to find out what the container number is, and we are of. Bit stupid of the BBC not to mention the container number on their site. Containers numbers are always 4 letters and 7 digits. The 4 letters represent the carrier, with the last letter always being a U. In this case the container would be NYKU-#######.
Petertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3270 posts, RR: 12 Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1388 times:
Quoting Sean377 (Reply 5): Therefore, it could end up being shipped by any company, anywhere - it will be treated as any other container.
Most containers stay with their respective carriers. Thus a Hapag Lloyd container rarely goes onto NYK. There are several container charterers who lease their containers to every carrier/operator. Tritan being one of the larger companies.
(does it show I worked at the ocean department for years?)