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    January 26, 2010, 1:30pm HAST

    Ship loses 6 containers in storm

    A Horizon Lines vessel battered by heavy seas on its way to Guam lost six containers overboard and arrived in Honolulu Harbor Monday with a dozen containers tipped over on the deck and several hanging precariously over the side.

    The Horizon Hunter encountered what the company described as “a massive Pacific storm” lasting more than three days on its way from Los Angeles to Guam.

    It included sailing through 25-foot seas with 30-foot swells and sustained winds of 50 mph, the company said. Six containers tumbled into the sea 1,200 miles east of Hawaii.

    No crew members were hurt and the ship’s hull wasn’t damaged, Horizon said, but several containers stowed above deck “sustained varying degrees of damage.”

    Horizon said it is working with Hawaii Stevedores, the U.S. Coast Guard and state authorities to right the toppled containers and take measures to limit potential cargo leaks or spills.

    The Charlotte, N.C.-based Horizon (NYSE: HRZ) is the second-largest shipper serving Hawaii.


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    Default Re: Ship loses 6 containers in storm

    Sounds like this is quite common.

    The ceaseless transit of these containers (at any given time, between 5 million and 6 million units)[citation needed] entails a great deal of risk.

    It has been estimated that container ships lose over 10,000 containers at sea each year.[8] Most go overboard on the open sea during storms but there are some examples of whole ships being lost with their cargo.
    Container ship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    also found this tidbit......

    The first purpose-built container ship in the United States was the Ideal-X [1], a T2 tanker, owned by Malcom McLean, which carried 58 metal containers between Newark, New Jersey and Houston, Texas on its first voyage, in April 1956.
    Container ship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Malcom Purcell McLean (born “Malcolm”; but late in life he changed his given name to its historic traditional Scottish spelling) (November 14, 1913 – May 25, 2001), born in Maxton, North Carolina, was an American entrepreneur, often called "the father of containerization". In 1956, he developed the metal shipping container, which replaced the traditional break bulk method of handling dry goods and revolutionized the transport of goods and cargo worldwide. He later founded Sea-Land Service, Inc., one of the pioneers in the intermodal cargo transport business.[1] McLean was named "Man of the Century" by the International Maritime Hall of Fame.

    With only a high school education, McLean pumped gas at a service station near his hometown and saved enough money by 1934 to buy a second-hand truck for $120. He and his sister, Clara McLean, and brother, Jim McLean, founded McLean Trucking Co. Based out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, McLean Trucking started out hauling empty tobacco barrels – with Malcom as one of the drivers.[2]

    From that beginning, with his single pickup truck, he built it into the second-largest trucking company in the U.S., with 1770 trucks and 32 terminals. On January 6, 1958 (after McLean had sold his interest in the company), McLean Trucking became the first trucking company in the nation to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Carrying trucks, or carriages, was not new - it had been done on the Dover-Calais trade.

    On April 26, 1956, with 100 invited dignitaries on hand, one of the converted tankers, the SS Ideal-X (informally dubbed the "SS Maxton" after McLean’s hometown in North Carolina), was loaded and sailed from the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, New Jersey, for the Port of Houston, Texas, carrying fifty eight 35-foot containers, along with a regular load of liquid tank cargo. As the Ideal-X left the Port of Newark, Freddy Fields, a top official of the International Longshoremen's Association, was asked what he thought of the newly-fitted container ship. Fields replied, "I’d like to sink that son of a *****." McLean flew to Houston to be on hand when the ship safely docked.[2]

    In 1956, most cargo was loaded and unloaded by hand by longshoremen.[3] Hand loading a ship cost $5.86 a ton at that time. Using containers, it cost only 16 cents a ton to load a ship, a 36-fold savings. Containerization also greatly reduced the time to load and unload ships. McLean knew "A ship earns money only when she's at sea." and based his business on that efficiency. [4]
    Malcom McLean - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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