Containerships, the excess - Photo Plisson

Containerships, the excess

On the road of containerships, ports succeed one to another: le Havre 2000, Miami, Panama Canal, San Francisco, Ulsan (South Korea), Shanghai, Hong-Kong, Suez Canal, Malta , the Piraeus, Marseille… Handling, Storage, transport, everything is globally standardized for these "boxes" that can be found on trains or trucks trailers, and which have revolutionized sea shipping. But since China has become the workshop of the world, the round of containerships around the world is growing. Asia imports raw materials transported by bulk carriers, and exports manufactured goods shipped by containers to the whole world. With more than 20 million boxes, Hong Kong’s port is the first in the world for containers traffic. To accommodate this growth the port already uses floating terminals anchored in the mooring area on which the containers are handled, stored and then transferred.

The disproportion also seems to affect all aspects of container ships. Everything is unconventional in their world, from the engine room onboard, to storage areas for containers on land passing through the bridge, where the containers are stacked on 15 to 20 levels. The giant container “Otello” of the CMA-CGM French company is among the largest in the world. Juggernaut over 300 meters long, 40 meters wide and 14 meters draft, carries 8500 boxes.

These boats require oversized ports usually located far from cities. In Shanghai for example, the port is 1h30 drive from the city. For crews, it makes calls little attractive. But it does not matter; stops must be as short as possible because it is where a ship is the most expensive. Today, 90% of international trade travel by sea. The global fleet with 50 ships of more than 7500 containers, and 165 are under construction. The run to gigantism of container ships, is due to the growth of global maritime transport: the average capacity increased from 2 000 boxes in the 1970s, to 6000, and cargo ships from 10,000 or 12,000 boxes are coming on the market. But beyond the 10 000 containers a serious global reorganization of the port infrastructures will be necessary. Cranes will have to be larger; quays will have to be deeper. We already construct around the world new facilities more appropriate in order to welcome these giants of the seas.

Texte : Anne Jankeliowitch

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AA18428 On board of a container ship
On board of a container ship Philip Plisson AA18428

On board of a container ship

AA18428

08/21/2008
5612 x 3728 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA18381 Container ship in the port of Le Havre.
Container ship in the port of Le Havre. Philip Plisson AA18381

Container ship in the port of Le Havre.

AA18381

08/20/2008
3736 x 5624 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA18499 Container ship alongside the quay.
Container ship alongside the quay. Philip Plisson AA18499

Container ship alongside the quay.

AA18499

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24479 In the port of Rotterdam
In the port of Rotterdam Philip Plisson AA24479

In the port of Rotterdam

AA24479

08/20/2008
3500 x 5250 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA18367 Le Havre harbour.
Le Havre harbour. Philip Plisson AA18367

Le Havre harbour.

AA18367

08/20/2008
5624 x 3736 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA18370 Containers in the port of Le Havre.
Containers in the port of Le Havre. Philip Plisson AA18370

Containers in the port of Le Havre.

AA18370

08/20/2008
3448 x 5284 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA18417 On board a container ship.
On board a container ship. Philip Plisson AA18417

On board a container ship.

AA18417

01/01/1900
5366 x 3499 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA18384 Container ship in the North Sea.
Container ship in the North Sea. Philip Plisson AA18384

Container ship in the North Sea.

AA18384

08/20/2008
5598 x 3718 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA18377 In the port of Le Havre.
In the port of Le Havre. Philip Plisson AA18377

In the port of Le Havre.

AA18377

08/20/2008
5624 x 3736 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24481 In the port of Rotterdam
In the port of Rotterdam Philip Plisson AA24481

In the port of Rotterdam

AA24481

08/20/2008
5250 x 3500 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24482 In the port of Rotterdam
In the port of Rotterdam Philip Plisson AA24482

In the port of Rotterdam

AA24482

08/20/2008
5616 x 3744 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA11662 Container ships in the Rail of Ouessant.
Container ships in the Rail of Ouessant. Philip Plisson AA11662

Container ships in the Rail of Ouessant.

AA11662

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA11660 Container ships in the San-Francisco bay
Container ships in the San-Francisco bay Philip Plisson AA11660

Container ships in the San-Francisco bay

AA11660

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA20631 Containers.
Containers. Philip Plisson AA20631

Containers.

AA20631

01/01/1900
4724 x 4724 px
6 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA11663 Container ships in the Rail of Ouessant.
Container ships in the Rail of Ouessant. Philip Plisson AA11663

Container ships in the Rail of Ouessant.

AA11663

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA11665 Container ships in the Rail of Ouessant.
Container ships in the Rail of Ouessant. Philip Plisson AA11665

Container ships in the Rail of Ouessant.

AA11665

01/01/1900
3328 x 4992 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA24499 In the port of Rotterdam
In the port of Rotterdam Philip Plisson AA24499

In the port of Rotterdam

AA24499

08/20/2008
5616 x 2984 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA12258 Containership.
Containership. Philip Plisson AA12258

Containership.

AA12258

01/01/1900
5010 x 3336 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA11668 Container ships In Malta.
Container ships In Malta. Philip Plisson AA11668

Container ships In Malta.

AA11668

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA18418 On board a container ship.
On board a container ship. Philip Plisson AA18418

On board a container ship.

AA18418

01/01/1900
5460 x 1929 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA14295 Terminal of container ship in the port of Hong-Kong.
Terminal of container ship in the port of Hong-Kong. Philip Plisson AA14295

Terminal of container ship in the port of Hong-Kong.

AA14295

01/01/1900
4962 x 3281 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA11323 Container ship in the rail of Ouessant.
Container ship in the rail of Ouessant. Philip Plisson AA11323

Container ship in the rail of Ouessant.

AA11323

01/01/1900
3328 x 4992 px
1 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA11654 Container ships in the Rail of Ouessant.
Container ships in the Rail of Ouessant. Philip Plisson AA11654

Container ships in the Rail of Ouessant.

AA11654

01/01/1900
2704 x 4064 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA14296 Container ship in front of Marseille.
Container ship in front of Marseille. Philip Plisson AA14296

Container ship in front of Marseille.

AA14296

01/01/1900
5010 x 3336 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA16961 Pirea Container terminal
Pirea Container terminal Philip Plisson AA16961

Pirea Container terminal

AA16961

01/01/1900
4064 x 2704 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA14001 Containership terminal in the port of Kowloon
Containership terminal in the port of Kowloon Philip Plisson AA14001

Containership terminal in the port of Kowloon

AA14001

02/15/2006
5010 x 3336 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA14147 The terminal of container ships in Malta.
The terminal of container ships in Malta. Philip Plisson AA14147

The terminal of container ships in Malta.

AA14147

01/01/1900
4992 x 3328 px
2 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA17777 Stem of a containership.
Stem of a containership. Philip Plisson AA17777

Stem of a containership.

AA17777

01/01/1900
3000 x 3000 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA18364 Container ship in Le Havre.
Container ship in Le Havre. Philip Plisson AA18364

Container ship in Le Havre.

AA18364

08/20/2008
5624 x 3736 px
4 Mo
RGB Truecolor
AA14281 Containership in the rail of Ouessant.
Containership in the rail of Ouessant. Philip Plisson AA14281

Containership in the rail of Ouessant.

AA14281

01/01/1900
5010 x 3336 px
3 Mo
RGB Truecolor