Use of Containers to Carry Bulk and Break Bulk Commodities and Their Impact on Gulf Region Ports and International Trade : Research Project Capsule
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Use of Containers to Carry Bulk and Break Bulk Commodities and Their Impact on Gulf Region Ports and International Trade : Research Project Capsule

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    2012-09-01

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    English
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    Research project capsule.
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    NTL-MARINE/WATERWAYS TRANSPORTATION-Marine Laws and Regulations ; NTL-MARINE/WATERWAYS TRANSPORTATION-Ships and Vessels ;
  • Abstract:
    Since their introduction in the 1950s, the use of containers now represents roughly 90% of world trade. Their acceptance as the common denominator in international shipping has had profound impacts throughout the shipping industry. More recently, two new impacts of containers are being felt: (1) significantly larger vessels, called “mega” ships with capacity of 12,500+TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) and a draft of 50 ft. are now deployed on main trade lanes; and (2) terminals are being redesigned and reequipped to serve these ships, requiring deeper berths and larger cranes. The pending 2015 expansion of the Panama Canal will accelerate these two trends. Their impact on the U.S. Gulf Coast ports is the main concern of this study.
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