Tuesday 5 March 2013

Container Ship LEANDRA

The intermodal container (a.k.a. container, box, sea can and a few other more technical nicknames), is a standardized reusable steel box used for the storage and movement of goods from one mode of transportation to another (i.e., from ship>to rail>to trucks, or any combination, thereof) without unloading the contents of the container. First developed by the U.S. military and commercial shipping operators in the 1950's, apparently there are now approximately 17 million intermodal containers in the world. Though Fort Lauderdale (a.k.a. Port Everglades) is one of the busiest cruise ship ports in the world, it's Florida's leading seaport for intermodal containerized cargo.

While waiting for his cruise ship, CARIBBEAN PRINCESS to shove off last month from Fort, I mean Port Everglades, or whatever, my friend John from up in Lanark County, Ontario, snapped the 476' LEANDRA which was tightly tied off to the opposite pier. Though the LEANDRA is owned by Intersee Schiffahrt (I don't make up these names) of Germany, she flies the flag of Antigua Barbuda and her home port is St. John's, on the island of Antigua. The LEANDRA which has traded on the Great Lakes was built in China in 2008, and when fully loaded as she appears in John's photo, the LEANDRA can carry up to 671 boxes, sea cans, or whatever.
Also pretty much loaded to the hilt below, was an unknown container ship that I snapped off the shores of Playas del Este, Cuba in January perhaps making her way to Fort, I mean Port Everglades, or whatever. c);-b

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