containerization and the advantages of it

This week, we discuss containerization and the advantages of it. Containerization has provided quite a few advantages in maritime shipping. One advantage is lower cost. Utilizing containers to ship goods and products enables bulk shipping. A 20 or 40-foot container can be loaded with thousands of pounds of goods and merchandise and hundreds of them can be loaded on a ship. Costs incurred by lost or damage are also reduced due to the stability of the container. Containers are easier for in transiting cargo from one mode to another. As they come off of a ship into a sea port, they can be picked up and placed on a truck or rail cart for transportation to the destination. The containers provide some protection and security for the cargo inside.

There are indeed parallels in the air freight industry for containerization. Working in the aerial port in the Air Force, I have personally loaded and unloaded many containers. The advantages are moving more in one container. Moving the goods faster to the destination. It simplifies placing the cargo on a truck to be taken to the final destination. In fact, a couple of months ago we loaded a 70-thousand-pound container, which was about 40-feet, off of one of our aircraft. It was a security vault that the unit now needed in Germany. It was the quickest way to get the merchandise to the user and was the only thing that arrived on the aircraft. In today’s intermodal transportation world, containerization is part of both sea and air freight.



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Reply 100 words to the instructor class 352:

You did a good job at going over the advantages and disadvantages of containerization.


Consider the history of containerization in maritime. Provide an example of the first use (one of the).

Reply 100 words to student chris 250 words forums post class 352:

Hello class,

Containerization is one of the pivotal pieces to the supply chain in business especially when it comes to maritime operations. It has provided a lot of advantages to use in all aspects of transportation. Containerization is one of the biggest factors to intermodal transportation which we talked about a few weeks ago. Containerization is utilizing shipping containers on all areas of the supply chain which makes it easier to transport, load/unload and store freight throughout the process. One huge advantage of containerization is the amount of money saved for the process. There are a few reasons why. Most of containerization is utilized on rail transportation and sea freight transportation which provides the cheapest route for overall cost and the amount of bulk shipment you can transport at a time. Of course a big advantage of it is that it is less time consuming. It provides easier transitions and you don’t have to separate orders as much like air freight and motor mode freights usually do. They are also overall better for the environment as well.

When it comes to the air freight industry, I do see the air freight industry being parallel with containerization simply because containers are utilized in all forms of transportation. I did not mention it earlier in the post but there are many different container sizes that would be factored in containerization. The only difference that comes with containerization in the air freight industry is the superb speed of it and the cost of the overall process of the air freight industry.