Catastrophe In The Heart Of The Sea
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published by gCaptain in 2016 and is being republished now because it’s lessons are timeless and possibly more relevant in 2022 as today’s ships...
gCaptain has showcased a wide array of BIG ideas aimed at reducing the environmental impact of shipping. From giant kites flown off the bow of ships to catamarans made out of reused junk. But it’s the simple ideas combined with BIG inefficiencies that offer the greatest chance of reducing our industry’s carbon footprint. Enter Staxxon!
The company, run by lastmile blogger and entrepreneur Tom Stitt has developed a vertical folding container solution that addresses the cost and inefficiencies involved in moving empty intermodal containers.
Staxxon’s primary objective is to develop a vertical folding and nesting method for empty containers that removes the most expensive commodity container cargo – air – and replaces air with folded and nested empty containers that meet existing CSC structural and weathertight standards for dry containers when unfolded.
Staxxon looks to provide a retrofit and new container approach to folding and nesting that adds one-time incremental cost which is recovered by cost savings (fewer lift/picks/moves) and improved container utilization.
Their top sustainability objective is to reduce the number of container ship movements at ports related to empty containers by focusing on the larger challenge of reducing net sea-going vessel movements involving empty containers. They accomplish this with an innovative container folding and stacking method.
Learn more at the Staxxon website.
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