Container facts, you definitely did not know…

Shipping containers play an important role in our lives, yet due to the fact they spend most of their time at sea or in transit. Personally, we love the shape and style of containers and today so many people have used the containers for far more than just their normal purpose.


The world runs on trade, and the shipping container is the ‘’chief’’ providing that trade, we should consider the role they play in our increasingly complex economy. The next time you see a storage container anywhere in the world, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Interesting Facts about Shipping Containers

  • 95% of the world’s cargo is currently moved by ship.
  • 97% of all containers are made in China.
  • 50% of all containers are owned by shipping lines. The other 50% is leased running from one to ten years.
  • Containers can last up to 20 years or more.
  • A regular container can hold up to 8,000 shoe boxes.
  • Between 2,000 and 10,000 containers get lost in the sea every year after falling off of the ships carrying them.
  • Between 5 million and 170 million shipping containers are currently belonging to a global container fleet.
  • The shipping industry has spent more than $ 236 billion on the purchase of new vessels to increase container transportation.
  • The first modern intermodal shipping container was developed by Malcom McLean in 1956, which was designed to replace the old style of break-bulk container handling.
  • Malcom McLean would continue to play a key role in the development of containers. He founded the Sea-Land Service soon after the invention and in 1967, the US government asked him to start a container service to South Vietnam, which became 40% of the company’s turnover in 1968-69.
  • China’s contribution to containers is pretty incredible. It’s estimated 97% containers are made in China and are distributed around the world.
  • A container ship can travel a great deal. In fact, one ship can cover ¾ of a trip to the moon and back in one year.

They’re Not Just Used for Shipping

A New Orleans-based architect Stefan Breese transformed an old container into a $7,000 top quality swimming pool!

Containers have been used as clinics during disaster relief, such as after the earthquakes in Christchurch New Zealand.

There are a lot of ways for a container to be used but there is a city in Mexico that took this concept to a whole new level. This city, which is 48,000 square foot, is legitimately built from shipping containers! The appropriately named “Container City” uses containers for apartments, restaurants, art galleries and many more buildings that you could find in any other city.

Another structure which shows just what you can accomplish with containers is the Freitag store in Zurich. It is the tallest shipping container building in the world and uses 19 containers, with nine of them being stacked on top of one another. The result is a building that is 26 meters tall and it’s all made out of containers!

A Long Lifespan

Shipping containers don’t require much upkeep, but with just regular maintenance, Containers are very dependable and their services to you can last for decades. It is believed that if shipping containers are well taken care of and they are given regular maintenance, they can last for a total of 20 years or more.

Container Size

The amount you can store in one container is pretty incredible.  A standard TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit) container can hold 3,500 shoe boxes, while a 40-ft high cube can hold at least 8,000 shoe boxes. Cargo ships can store quite a lot of containers. The largest ships can store 745 million bananas in nearly 15,000 containers. These ships don’t monkey about.

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