In a couple weeks I have the treat to tour the port in Miami, FL. Normally you would have to have a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card in order to access the grounds on a US port. Not the easiest process to go through, but we are going to a conference so they are making a special arrangement for us. Large ports see thousands of containers a day and can have gigantic gantry cranes and container handlers rolling around so as a material handling salesman, this visit is very exciting.
While the Port of Miami is the 11th largest port in the United States, it would be absolutely dwarfed by the Port of Singapore, ranked 2nd largest in the WORLD. I ran across the article linked below which outlines the milestones that the Port of Singapore celebrates this year including the 50th Anniversary of the independence of Singapore.
According to the article this year also marks the 50th anniversary of containerisation. While, that looks like a made-up word and Microsoft Word doesn’t recognize it as a real word, it is quite significant in today’s shipping and freight industry. This term simply refers to the “shipping via the use of standardized cargo containers”. Many people may not have seen a cargo ship up close and in person, but I would venture a guess that most people have seen a picture, movie, or TV show that has a cargo ship piled high with stacks of containers. A couple movies that come to mind, Captain Phillips and Batman Begins both have cargo ships that play a significant part in the movie plot.
The article also mentions that the Port of Singapore is the largest port in the world for “bunkering”. I had to look up this term so I copied the link to the article below for your reference. Bunkering (also not a real word according to Microsoft Word) refers to the storing of fuel for ships and the act of fueling ships. The Port of Singapore is the most popular place in the world for companies to store fuel and fuel passing ships. When you think about it, this must be a gigantic industry. To think about the amounts of fuel that the cargo ships must use taking their loads across the world and back again.
Check out the articles linked below for more information. National Warehouse also has a couple container handlers for sale so feel free to contact us if you have a need or any questions regarding those machines!