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Who Invented the Shipping Container

The History of Shipping Containers

SeaLand container ship

Many people think the Shipping Container was invented in China -- not true. The first shipping container was invented and patented in 1956 by an American named Malcolm Mc Lean. Mc Lean was not an ocean shipper, but was a trucker and by 1956 he owned the largest trucking fleet in the South and the fifth largest trucking company in all the United States. He saved his money and bought his first truck in 1934. During those years all cargo was loaded and unloaded in odd sized wooden crates. The process was very slow and certainly not standardized.

Maersk/Sealand truck

After observing this slow and inefficient process for 20 years, he finally decided to step back and develop some standardized way of loading cargo from trucks to ships and warehouses.



Added: Sep-13-2011 Occurred On: Sep-13-2011
By: RustyButter
Tags: Shipping, container, intermodal, sealand
Location: United States (load item map)
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