A Glimpse into Containerships: History, Types and Fun Facts

What are containerships? 

A container ship, also known as a container vessel, is a ship that is specifically constructed to transport containers rather than any other sort of cargo packing. Container ships first arrived in the 1970s and have since become the primary form of marine freight at commercial ports is considered an essential component of global trade.

Container ships are a relatively new development: for a long time, cargo ships were used to carry diverse items. The 1970s saw the expansion of trade between continents. Container ships have responded to this requirement for transportation by providing great versatility and flexibility, notably through the automation of port lifting equipment.

The different types 

Containerships are divided and distinguished into 7 major size based categories:

Small feeder , Feeder , Feedermax : they are all the different sizes of the same type of container ship. A feeder is a seagoing vessel with a capacity ranging from 300 to 1000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU). Feeders transfer shipping containers from various ports to central container terminals, where they are loaded onto larger boats or transported into the hub port’s hinterland.

Panamax, Post-Panamax, New Panamax : they are terms used to describe the size restrictions for ships passing through the Panama Canal. 

Ultra-large: A Very Large Container Ship (VLCS) is a container ship with a capacity of 10,000 to 20,000 TEU, and an Ultra Large Container Ship (ULCS) has a capacity larger than 20,000 TEU (ULCS)

Facts about containerships

  • Containerships can transport several big warehouses’ worth of cargo in a single voyage.
  • 1956 was the year where the first shipping container was made. 
  • A huge containership engine, which may weigh up to 2,300 tons, has 1,000 times the power of a family vehicle
  • The ships’ computer systems are cutting-edge, allowing for exact routing, transportation, loading, and unloading of thousands of containers on each journey.
  • Using modern computer systems, large containerships may be handled by teams of just thirteen people.
  • If all of the containers from an 11,000 TEU ship were put onto a railway, the train would have to be 77 kilometers long.
  • 95% of worldwide cargo is transported by containerships. 

All Seas Shipping offers a wide range of services to shipowners and shipping lines, including container handling and assistance, a service that has been in our DNA since the beginning. 

Being the representative of X-PRESS Feeder, the world’s leading feeder company, and collaborating with Admiral Container Lines has also paved the way to offering high quality services to importers and exporters in Tunisia. 

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