Six cool facts on shipping containers

We think that shipping containers are one of the coolest inventions ever – and we want you to think the same..

So we’ve come up with six of the coolest facts regarding shipping containers.  Have a read below..

Number one

Shipping containers been around since 1955.  They were invented by Malcom McLean – who is also known as the Father of containerization. Image credit

Number two

If shipping containers are taken care of with regular maintenance, they can last for a total of 20 years, according to Container Auction.

Number three

An estimated 675 containers are lost overboard (vessels) per year. (Credit World Shipping Council)  This amount does not usually include losses from catastrophic disasters.

Number four

Shipping containers come in five sizes 20′ 40′ 45′ 48′ 53′. Yup we said 53 feet (what a monster!)..

Number five

Approximately 97% of all shipping containers are manufactured in China. This is due to a lower labour rate in the country and that much of the world’s products are produced in China. Image credit

Number six

There are currently over 17 million shipping containers in circulation globally with the number of active shipping containers at more then five million. In total, they make around 200 million trips a year, according to Billie Box.