business transportation logistics:  ocean or sea-borne transport

Humans have been sailing the seas for thousands of years.  Today, at any second of the day or night, there are hundreds (really thousands) of cargo (container) ships, oil tankers, metal ore ships, agricultural grain ships, etc. at sea, and hundreds more at ports around the world (taking on cargo or offloading it).

This sea-borne transportation industry plays a major, indeed, a vital role in the modern world economy.  It operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and does not stop its operations for any holidays, bad weather, natural disasters, or wars.  One might think of this industry as being similar to the heart in the body – pumping away, supplying necessary nourishment (raw materials) to the world’s industries.  Shipbuilding, an ancillary industry, is itself a not insignificant employer of workers in the world, and consumes steel, and other materials.

This is to be primarily a pictorial essay, but we have included several helpful/useful industry links for your information, and possible use.

Here are some useful links for those readers who work in this area, or are interested in learning more about it.  (Some of these various websites have links pages with links to many different organizations involved in transportation.)   a resource for ongoing news updates and information on many things affecting or involving ocean shipping (you can sign up for their daily email news updates, it’s free)   International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations

IAPH – International Association of Ports and Harbors   (    International Maritime Organization

The Journal of Commerce is here:   (Many articles on the site are free to view, but for access to some articles, you need to become a member; basic membership is currently offered online for the reduced price of $35 per year.)     International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities     International Association of Cities and Ports    Shipping Guides are the port information specialists and provide information for the shipping industry.     The Seatrade Organization  (information on maritime publications, conferences, exhibitions, training and other special projects)     American Journal of Transportation (AJOT)  North America’s weekly transportation and logistics newspaper’s portal site   Cargo Experts (Florida)

Now, to the pictures.  Please be aware that we have included several miscellaneous pics at the end (below) for those who may tire of, or may not be interested in, all these photos of large cargo ships.  These miscellaneous pics are worth viewing at least once in your life.  😉

A busy port (below) is from


A propeller is by kind courtesy of

A ship (Flamina) fire is courtesy of

An up close shot (below) is from

This impressive twilight photo is courtesy of

This container ship (with windshield wiper from the bridge) is by kind courtesy of

This next photo is courtesy of (South Africa) – looks to have been taken early in the day with a low angle sun.

A red boat beached is courtesy of

This next photo of a container ship passing under the Golden Gate Bridge is from

This photo (below) is from

This China Shipping Line container ship is courtesy of

This ship at sea is from

This photo of a ship at sea (below) is courtesy of

This container ship, that appears to be rather top heavy yet is stable, is courtesy of

Now for the miscellaneous pics that might interest some of the readers.  Enjoy!

Photo of ducks in water is courtesy of

Wooden Pallets is courtesy of (reminds me of when this blogger worked for a while in a warehouse as a freight clerk).

This unusual photo of a sand pit is from

This photo of the California coastline is courtesy of

This photograph of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge (California, built in 1936-7) is courtesy of  From many office towers in the financial district of San Francisco, one can see this famous landmark, and view ships transiting underneath it on their way to and from the container Port of Oakland.  As well, when you drive into San Francisco from Oakland on the upper deck of the bridge, you are treated to the skyline of San Francisco (which is especially impressive early in the winter evenings when all the tall buildings are lit up).

A Sydney (Australia) harbor bridge photo is from

This Phoenician merchant boat  (possibly a woodcut) is from

Photo of a Chinese junk is from

This pic of a high tech boat is courtesy of

This last photo is from