a large ship that transports its cargo in truck-size containers that can be transferred from ship to train to truck without unloading and reloading the contents: Container ships may be a common sight today, but the arrival of the first American ones in European ports made headlines in the shipping journals of the time.
- Compare break bulk (def. 2).
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How to use container ship in a sentence
The six-day blockage threw the cargo transport world into temporary disarray, and forced us all to think about the invisible, indispensable role of container ships in the global economy.
As the Judith Schulte approached the port of Los Angeles, dozens of other container ships were bringing goods from Asia, too.Why Is Everything More Expensive Right Now? Let This Stuffed Giraffe Explain | Alana Semuels | August 17, 2021 | Time
The new decree by Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s infant government that prohibits passenger ships over 40,000 tons, as well as container ships, from passing close to the historical city center is backed by environmentalists and many Venetians.Venice Has Banned Cruise Ships but That Won’t Stop Them | Barbie Latza Nadeau | April 23, 2021 | The Daily Beast
You could see the routes of planes landing at LaGuardia and the schedules of container ships arriving at the mouth of the Hudson River.Inside the rise of police department real-time crime centers | Rowan Moore Gerety | April 19, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The industry also is grappling with staffing shortages while seeing unprecedented demand for its services, a situation that worsened when a container ship ran aground last month in the Suez Canal and blocked the crucial waterway for nearly a week.Essential, invisible: Covid has 200,000 merchant sailors stuck at sea | Taylor Telford, Jacob Bogage | April 9, 2021 | Washington Post
Almost everything you own and consume came to you via a container ship, but we know almost nothing about the industry.How Does All Your Stuff Get to You? Inside the Shipping Industry | Rose George | August 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST