Did An American Truck Driver Change Ocean Shipping Forever?
In this episode of What is Going on With Shipping, gCaptain contributor Sal Mercogliano, discusses the 66th anniversary of the sailing of the SS Ideal X with the first 58 thirty-five foot containers from Port Newark, New Jersey to Houston, Texas, marking the opening of the Container Era in Ocean Shipping.
The history of Malcom McLean is examined, including his trucking career, the origination of the concept of containers, the engineering and development of the first boxes, and the evolution of Sea-Land from its inception in 1956 to its eventual end in 2006 after being acquired by Maersk.
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