The steel box that changed the world
The origins of the first container reach back into the 18th century. But it was quite a while before 58 identical steel receptacles full of freight were loaded onto a containership in the USA in 1956.
«Suddenly something unexpected happened»
The Hughes H-4 Hercules weighed 115 t, was designed to lift a 65 t payload, was 66.6 m long and had a wingspan of 97.5 m. Not bad for a plane built in 1947, whose vital statistics could even compete with the Antonov AN-225, the largest full-freighter in the world, as well as...
The shipping industry in 1939 and today
The freight rates as well as the quality of services provided have always been at the centre of our reports on the shipping industry.Conditions in the sector have undergone massive change in the course of the last 75 years, however. Whilst the market entry of two shipping lines...