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Future of shipping containers delivery…what do you think? Will machine take over human power?

To start, Volvo’s Vera will ferry goods from a logistics center to a port in Gothenburg, Sweden. But more Veras will eventually mean fewer trucking jobs.

Volvo is ready to put its first autonomous, fully electric truck to the test. With the assistance of shipping company DFDS, the vehicle, known as Vera, will ferry goods from a logistics center to a port in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The car maker has been experimenting with fuel-efficient, driverless vehicles for the last several years, and first teased Vera in September. [Editor’s note: The previous version of this story didn’t differentiate between Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks, which are two separate entities. Both companies have previously experimented with energy efficiency and autonomous vehicles.] It’s optimal for short-range heavy-load jobs. The truck follows a predetermined route and is connected to a control center and cloud network. Vera pinpoints its position down to the centimeter, enabling it to detect sudden and minute changes in its environment—a good thing since part of Vera’s route takes it on public roads.

“The transport system we are developing can be an important complement to today’s solutions and can help meet many of the challenges faced by society, transport companies, and transport buyers,” Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks, said in a statement.

Volvo eventually wants to expand and include multiple autonomous trucks in its operation. It made Vera compatible with most existing trailers and load carriers to take advantage of existing infrastructure. A fleet of Veras would ideally increase predictability and minimize unnecessary downtime, Volvo says.

More Veras would also mean fewer truckers, which Volvo positions as positive, citing the widespread belief that the industry is dying. But according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that’s a misconception, especially for short-distance drivers, who would be most affected by Volvo’s new technology.

Fortunately for currently employed drivers, it’ll likely be a while before Vera becomes ubiquitous. Volvo’s statement concludes with a vague promise to extend the vehicle’s availability and functionality in “the near future.”

Sources:

PC Mag – Sorry Truckers, Volvo’s Autonomous Vehicles Can Handle it From Here

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The life of a container

Made out of steel, it is usually 20 or 40 feet (about 6 or 12 meters) long and 8.5 feet (2.6 meters) high, with a pair of doors at one end and a wooden floor. This type of container is the most inexpensive way of importing and exporting products in and out of the country.

Usually life of a container is between 10 to 30 years. If well-maintained, a container has a lifespan of around 30 years – perhaps more!

There are several types of shipping containers available, with each built to serve specific needs. The Basic Unit is the most popular type, made with four walls and two doors. The open top also has four walls and two doors, but it does not have a lid. This model is widely used for moving tall objects.

There is also a type of shipping container that resembles a refrigerator. The Reefer version is specifically used for transporting food. Tanker containers, which may or may not be refrigerated, are built for moving around liquids. For transporting unique shapes or special items such as a yacht, the flat rack is used.

Shipping containers are designed to be stacked in high columns, carrying heavy loads. They are also designed to resist harsh environments, such as on ocean-going vessels or sprayed with road salt while transported on roads. Due to their high strength, shipping containers are usually the last to fall in extreme weather, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and tsunamis.

40-foot containers tend to outlive 20-foot containers. This is because they are not usually packed to its weight limit, unlike the 20-foot containers. Being exposed to rough conditions at sea, they tend to rust, corrode, get dents and holes, but you can still do many things with used or new containers and it is just your imagination that has to jump in.

Please let us know about your amazing ideas, we have the right containers for you!

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Shipping container idea is older than you may think

Malcolm McLean is often credited with inventing the shipping container, others may say that the containers have been around since the late nineteenth century.
Malcolm Purcell McLean (November 14, 1913 – May 25, 2001), was an american transport entrepreneur who developed the modern intermodal shipping container, which revolutionized transport and international trade.
The way that he revolutionized the shipping industry was by coming up with the idea of custom designed ships that facilitated the loading and unloading of these containers.
This idea enabled goods to be moved around as efficiently and cheaply as possible.
It changed the face of world trade forever.

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Many containers are lost at sea each year

Did you know that between 400 and 2000 containers get lost in the water every year after falling off of the ships carrying them?

Every year lots of shipping containers, may be lost at sea mainly due to weather conditions. Sometimes several instances are man made, such as negligence, container weight miss declaration, cutting corners to save costs, improper packing of cargo inside the containers, improper stowage planning, and the list could go on. Containers lost at sea affect not just the shipping line, but it also affects the exporter, the importer, the trader, the consumer, not to mention the impact this has on the environment. While nothing can be done against nature’s fury, preventing the loss of containers at sea (or on shore) is everyone’s responsibility and obligation specially in avoiding any man made disasters. Everyone involved in the supply chain and maritime activities are taking their roles seriously and ensure that they follow the proper processes and procedures set by IMO.

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Hotels from around the world that creatively repurpose shipping containers

Few structures have seen such versatile upcycling as the shipping containers. Originally designed to safely carry goods around the globe, the container’s durable, cube-like shape has attracted architects to continuously come up with new, innovative uses, ranging from removable football stadiums, to floating student housing and starburst-shaped residences. Being easy to transport and adapt into any kind of environment, containers have proven particularly successful when transformed into various types of accommodation, from hotels to hostels, or single-room retreats.

Here are a few hospitality projects from around the world that repurpose containers in fun and innovative ways.

Quadrum Ski & Yoga Resort, Georgia
Located at 7218 ft in upper Gudauri, Georgia, Quadrum is a boutique hotel made entirely from recycled shipping containers. The eco-friendly hotel is designed to affect the surrounding natural environment as little as possible, while its stacked boxes all feature floor-to-ceiling views that look out to the Caucasus Mountains.

Tiny urban Escapes, Indianapolis
Designed as a private space, Indianapolis’ Tiny Urban Escapes are fit within recycled shipping containers, each cabin features a double bed, private deck, and floor-to-ceiling walls.

Flophouze Hotel, Round Top, Texas
In Flophouze, guests have the opportunity to stay in one of six shipping containers before they decide if they want to design and build one of their own. Located in Round Top,Texas, each guest house consists of a living room, kitchen, bedroom and a bathroom.

Winebox Valparaiso, Chile
The hotel provides accommodation made of 25 shipping containers salvaged from the nearby port. Winebox hotel offers a private terrace for each room, while repurposed furniture and hand-painted murals can be found throughout the space.