If it leaves here with our help, it gets there…
If you’ve seen the recent critically acclaimed movie All is Lost, starring the weathered Robert Redford, you’ll recall the awakening moment at the beginning of the film. Our protagonist’s sail boat slams into an adrift shipping container, setting in motion a series of events that consume the next 90 minutes of your life, or 8 days on the cinematic sea for Mr. Redford.
The shipping container was your standard variety burgundy beast with a recognizable corporate logo on the ridged side. The metal torn edge of the container spilled out piles of running shoes into the sea, their marathon to a western destination cut short by sea born tragedy. After the film (we won’t give away the ending) hoards of viewers hopped online and Googled “shipping containers lost at sea”. The results displayed tidbits of interesting stories of vessels losing their load to Neptune, painting a picture of an ocean floor dotted with shipping containers and lost cargo.
There are many interesting anecdotes on the subject indeed. One details the destiny of a poorly secured container on a foreign shipping vessel that lost a portion of its cargo off the coast of California, not reporting their negligence to the appropriate parties – a slip and run on the sea, so to speak. However the container seemed to avert the expected ecological tragedy as when it was discovered by local marine biologists the rectangular metal box had become an artificial reef, a host to a multitude of marine life, becoming an ecosystem within itself.
Another true story details the Doritos Express. On the east coast shores near Virginia Beach beachcombers began to notice individual bags of Doritos washing onto their sands. A few became many until ultimately the source, a large shipping container, washed up along with Original Nacho. It seems the pockets of air within each bag that remained within the torn container collectively kept it afloat until its arrival. Residents were treated to free bags of chips while the sea spat out the container before it could do any harm.
Yes, the media loves to jump on these stories. They certainly are interesting, the lost pirate ship treasures of our time we suppose. But the fact is that our ocean floors are not dotted with shipping containers. You need to fret to take your sailing vessel out on the sea in fear of crossing paths with a metal beast. Most of all you need not lack for confidence that container shipping overseas is the most efficient means for importers and exporters. It is.
There will always companies that do not follow the regulations and guidelines set forth by their respective industry authorities. Inevitably they all fall to the waste side. When selecting a shipping company to handle your overseas shipping needs be sure to do your homework ahead of time. Take a look at their website which should offer a plethora of information on their track record, accreditations, and a portfolio of their work. Trusting your container cargo with a reputable shipping company over a fly-by-night operation will keep your cargo on deck and arriving safely at its destination.
The same is said for those companies providing for the packing and crating of your cargo before it is loaded into containers. Separation of the process, having a specialist handle the industrial level crating portion of shipping will ensure the most secure and efficient means to transport your goods overseas. No matter how fragile your cargo the right crating service will keep it packed tight and safe from harm no matter the water born shifting en route from port to port. If you’re shipping from a Greater Vancouver port contact Cratex Group for your packing and crating needs.
As far as the romanticized stories of shipping containers at sea go, we’ll leave that to Hollywood and fisherman’s lore. We’re just concerned with helping getting your goods to where they’re supposed to be.