Infographic: From Camel to Containership


An infographic released by Freight Quote shows the evolution of transporting cargo from the ancient world up to the present day, while detailing some of the products that were transported manually via camel.

The evolution of the shipping container began in the early 1950s when an entrepreneur named Malcolm McClean invented a quicker way to transport cargo onto a containership as a way of transporting a higher volume of goods from one place to another.



The infographic shows that the ancient trade route was routed in China’s Silk Road, where camels and caravans were the predominant forms of transporting commodities such as silk, as well as Chinese dishes and vases.

China is presently aiming to revive that historic trading network in the 21st Century, only this time with the use of supersize mega-ships.

Modern day shipping has boomed in recent years with the introduction of the next generation of containership. Currently, the largest on the water is MSC’s Oscar at 19,224 TEU, with orders placed by OOCL for 21,150 TEU ships.

(Source: Freight Quote)

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