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Sixty years of container shipping

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It has been sixty years since the first cargo shipment was loaded into a container and shipped across the ocean.  The inventor was Malcolm McLean, a trucking business owner, who created the container by adapting a truck tanker.  Within a few years, container shipping was offered by two major shipping companies: Sea-Land and Overseas Container Lines.

Container shipping made cargo shipping faster and more economical by allowing the standardization of port handling and reducing the time required to move freight.  Container use continues to increase year over year and is expected to exceed 180 million TEU this year.

For more information, contact David Lychek, Manager – Ocean & Air Services.

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