Shipping Container News


Posted by admin on January 21, 2014


Lendon Container Modular Building in Ascension

Published: admin, date: March 6, 2014

We recently (well a few months ago) sent a 4 x 20ft flat pack modular building to Ascension Island - pictures attached.This is being used to house a satellite communication / tracking system for the European Galileo Project. The customer added the roof and air conditioning system

Maersk container

Published: admin, date: February 27, 2014

A shipping container carrying 14 tonnes of cigarettes was discovered washed up at Seaton on the East Devon coast on Sunday (23 February).

The 40ft-long container was found at Seaton, on the Lyme Bay coast, and is believed to have fallen overboard a Maersk cargo ship during a storm in the Bay of Biscay on 14 February. Officers cordoned off the beach near Beer, Devon, where the container, which could hold an estimated 11 million cigarettes, was floating in shallow water. Yesterday (24 February) the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) confirmed that the cigarettes have been cleared up and taken to a secure storage area. The container was one of 517 that fell off the cargo ship said to be sailing from Rotterdam to Sri Lanka. A police spokeman said: The police and the MCA were expecting it, we just didn’t know where on the coast it would arrive. It might well be the only one to make it this far.” Officials said that most of the containers have sunk, many of which were empty and probably sunk in French waters, but at least two have been seen floating towards the UK. The MCA’s aerial surveillance aircraft has searched UK waters, and vessels passing through the Channel have been warned to report any sightings. The Maersk shipping container found on Seaton beach is being cut up and removed. An MCA spokesman said: “We are now working closely with Maersk to ensure they recover their containers, which are their property.”

News from Vessel Finder

Published: admin, date: February 12, 2014

The CMA CGM Rossini ship lost 14 containers overboard off Ushant in strong winds and large swells, 2 days ago. The ship was heading to Port Said in Egypt from Le Havre. The French maritime officials were informed and a team was formed immediately to find the lost containers. CMA CGM Rossini's lost cargo did not cause pollution and it is known that there are no injured people during the incident. CMA CGM is communicating with the French maritime authorities all the time to discover what caused the incident. The good news is that the 14 lost containers do not contain dangerous cargo. Some of the cargo was saved because of an aircraft that was sent to the location of the lost containers. CMA CGM Rossini is now heading to the Mediterranean. The French-flagged cargo ship (haz-a) has IMO number 9280639 and MMSI 226327000. CMA CGM Rossini was built in 2004 and has width: 277m, height: 40m and draught 14.5m.

40ft Reefer Conversion for Breeding Mosquitoes

Published: admin, date: January 23, 2014

We have recently supplied a converted 40ft reefer to a biotech company for the purpose of breeding mosquitoes. This conversion included the removal of the m/c end and building a new front end in the container, two internal bulkheads to form two compartments for Larval Rearing and Adult Eclosion. We had to install electrics to IP65 and controlled lighting , as the module is being moved from one country to another the electrical system is dual voltage 240 and 110V. The temperature has to be controlled to within 1 degree C either side of the set temperature, to assist the evaporator units, fans have been installed in the ceiling to “circulate the air”. Vents, extractor fans, racking, shelving, 10m of stainless steel wash units and sinks including piping and pumps have been installed.

Some interesting facts

  • The controlled environment unit will be used for rearing adult male mosquitoes ·
  • The mosquitoes will be used in tropical countries to control the dengue mosquito
  • Dengue is a rapidly increasing tropical disease transmitted between humans by mosquito bites
  • Only female mosquitoes bite, male mosquitoes feed on plant nectar ·
  • The unit can process up to 4 million mosquito eggs and produce up to 1 million male adults every week
  • It takes 10 days to hatch the eggs and turn them in to adults
  • The unit complies with stringent ACL-2 (arthropod containment level 2) guidelines
  • The unit is capable of maintaining temperatures +/-1°C with just 1°C vertical temperature gradient

EU Cookie Law

Published: admin, date: January 21, 2014

What it Means For Business

If you own a website, you will need to make sure it complies with the law, and this usually means making some changes.

If you don't comply you risk enforcement action from regulators, which in the UK means The Information Commissioners' Office (ICO). In exceptional cases this can mean a fine.

However, non-compliance could also have other, perhaps more serious consequences than enforcement.  There is plenty of evidence that consumers avoid engaging with websites where they believe their privacy is at risk, and there is a general low level of trust about web tracking by the use of cookies.

London Gateway Opens

Published: admin, date: January 21, 2014

A vast new deep-sea container port for London officially opened on 7th November 2013.

London Gateway in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, is a £4.5 billion "super port", which is expected to save British importers and exporters hundreds of millions of pounds every year from reduced transportation of goods across the UK.

It is the closest deep sea port to London, Birmingham and Manchester.

London Gateway is Europe's largest logistics park with 9.25 million square feet of warehouse capacity, and it is thought the development will add £3.2 billion to the economy each year and 12,000 direct jobs.

The port will take approximately 2,000 trucks off the roads a day and 148,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, saving money for freight forwarders and cargo owners by giving them more direct access to consumer markets across the UK.

Some key facts about the port

  • 2 700 metres of quay
  • 6 x 17m deep water berths
  • 24 giant quay cranes -
  • annual handling capacity 3.5 million 20ft containers
  • London Gateway can now lift 4 x 20ft or 2 x 40ft simultaneously with its quay cranes increasing efficiency and vessel turnaround