sean377
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Let's Track A Shipping Container

Sat Sep 13, 2008 3:32 pm



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.

BBC story

Current location map

(Does anyone know if the map can be embedded into the thread?)

Wouldn't it be good if an A.Netter could get a photo of it!
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RE: Let's Track A Shipping Container

Sat Sep 13, 2008 3:42 pm



Quoting Sean377 (Thread starter):

Wouldn't it be good if an A.Netter could get a photo of it

Its a good idea and doable since we have a-netters stationed all over the world. I hope it comes to my home port but the chances of that happening are slim to none.

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RE: Let's Track A Shipping Container

Sun Sep 14, 2008 3:42 am



Quoting Sean377 (Thread starter):

Do you know which shipping line will be used?

Looks like a 40-foot container...

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RE: Let's Track A Shipping Container

Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:55 am

danged, after looking at the map, how slow was that truck that it took 9 hours to go what didn't look like a very long distance!
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RE: Let's Track A Shipping Container

Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:58 am



Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 3):
danged, after looking at the map, how slow was that truck that it took 9 hours to go what didn't look like a very long distance!

That's UK traffic for you, mate.  Smile
 
sean377
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RE: Let's Track A Shipping Container

Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:47 am



Quoting WunalaYann (Reply 2):
Do you know which shipping line will be used?

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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RE: Let's Track A Shipping Container

Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:47 am



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-#######.

http://www2.nykline.com/
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RE: Let's Track A Shipping Container

Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:51 am



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?)
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sean377
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RE: Let's Track A Shipping Container

Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:57 am



Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 6):

Well spotted. From this video, it appears our container is NYKU8210506.

Last tracking record:

SEP-12-2008 13:00 Full container received by carrier at origin Greenock, GBR Truck

Nice one!
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RE: Let's Track A Shipping Container

Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:38 am



Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 7):
There are several container charterers who lease their containers to every carrier/operator

Are you talking about vessel sharing/space chartering agreements? Or larger shipping line alliances (Grand Alliance or New World Alliance, etc.)?
 
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RE: Let's Track A Shipping Container

Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:51 am



Quoting WunalaYann (Reply 9):
Are you talking about vessel sharing/space chartering agreements?

No, actual companies that have containers only. When a carrier is short of containers they are leased by them.
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