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.)
http://www.fiata.com/ International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations
http://www.imo.org/Pages/home.aspx International Maritime Organization
The Journal of Commerce is here:
http://www.joc.com (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.)
http://www.iala-aism.org/iala/index.php/ International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities
http://www.aivp.org/en International Association of Cities and Ports
http://www.portinfo.co.uk Shipping Guides are the port information specialists and provide information for the shipping industry.
http://www.cargo-experts.net/breakbulk.aspx 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 marineinsight.com
A propeller is by kind courtesy of http://gcaptain.com/
A ship (Flamina) fire is courtesy of http://gcaptain.com/
An up close shot (below) is from newtownpentacle.com
This impressive twilight photo is courtesy of seaportmarineinc.com.
This container ship (with windshield wiper from the bridge) is by kind courtesy of gcaptain.com
This next photo is courtesy of ports.co.za (South Africa) – looks to have been taken early in the day with a low angle sun.
A red boat beached is courtesy of telstarlogistics.typepad.com.
This next photo of a container ship passing under the Golden Gate Bridge is from sanfrancisco.about.com.
This photo (below) is from examiner.com.
This China Shipping Line container ship is courtesy of pearsonhomemoving.asia.
This ship at sea is from greenwisebusiness.co.uk
This photo of a ship at sea (below) is courtesy of arb.ca.gov
This container ship, that appears to be rather top heavy yet is stable, is courtesy of seattlepi.com.
Now for the miscellaneous pics that might interest some of the readers. Enjoy!
Photo of ducks in water is courtesy of weblogs.baltimoresun.com.
Wooden Pallets is courtesy of cargo-experts.net (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 bshs.org.uk
This photo of the California coastline is courtesy of peakwater.org.
This photograph of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge (California, built in 1936-7) is courtesy of nikdaum.com. 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 whereivebeen.com.
This Phoenician merchant boat (possibly a woodcut) is from mysteriousaustralia.com.
Photo of a Chinese junk is from http://yachtpals.com/junk-sailboat-sailing-4047
This pic of a high tech boat is courtesy of happyhotelier.com.
This last photo is from schoonerman.com.