Gargantuan! The World’s Largest Container Ship

Residents of Qingdao, a Shandong Province city in China, stood and watched in amazement as the world’s largest shipping container was set to make her maiden voyage in early December 2014.

The gargantuan ship is the size of four football fields, described as “The Monster of the Sea” and is the biggest shipping container ship to have ever sailed across the seas. This absolute mammoth of a container ship can carry 19 000 standard sized (20ft) shipping containers. That’s more than any other ship, ever. more…

The Quantum of Shipping Containers

Who would have thought that the traditional steel box shipping container could have changed the world? The shipping container has already revolutionised international trade and now it’s taking another giant leap into the world of quantum computing. more…

Home Grown Homes: The Coolest SA Container Homes

Sustainable urban living is a problem which many engineers, architects and designers around the world are constantly trying to crack. It a tricky one, a locked safe of possibility to which nobody has the combination code and everyone is throwing in their two cents.

Well, it seems like a South African may have picked up one of the first clicks and is definitely in line to crack the code to sustainable urban living. more…

Selling Custom Bicycles from a Shipping Container

The Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg has become a haven for the arts, trendsetting this-and-that’s, funky little container bars, and quaint and quirky shops. In the centre of the Maboneng Precinct there is a stylish container workshop which has strayed from the pop-up container restaurants and bars synonymous with the area in the pursuit of something a little different.

The Whippet Cycling Co. is a container-based workshop which is in the business of repurposing old bicycles and creating custom bikes for customers. There is a certain appeal to the business structure: repurposing old bicycles in a repurposed shipping container. more…

Salutation to the Sun: The Solar Powered Shipping Container

Shipping containers are acting as the canvas for another ground breaking design which is likely to save the environment with another renewable energy application. 

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G-Pod Designs: Another Look at Mobile Container Living

Fancy the idea of a nomadic lifestyle but you’re too used to the comforts of home? G-Pod Designs is opening up a new world for those who are driven by wanderlust with their new, innovative mobile living space which has been creatively crafted out of shipping containers. 

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Cashing in on Shipping Containers: Audi’s Ingenious Container Campaign

Shipping containers have been used in many ingenious ways over the last couple of years. Once people realised just how versatile the tried and trusted shipping container was they started experimenting and using these containers in a bunch of interesting ways.

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Thinking inside the Box: Upgrading the Traditional Shipping Container

cwThe shipping container: A humble steel box which you often see stacked one on top of the other at harbours and shipping yards, but just how important is the traditional shipping container to businesses around the world. 

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Pop Up Shop! – Shipping Containers, the Latest Restaurant Trend

Take a walk through the city and tell me what you see.

I bet we’d get a bunch of different answers. The pessimists will say, “Well, there’s just grime and filth everywhere. And look at all of that graffiti…disgusting!”

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Books in a Box: A Note on Library Containers in South Africa

Containers are fast becoming synonymous with community engagement enriching projects which bring much needed facilities to rural schools in South Africa. From west coast to the east coast, more and more container initiative projects are popping up in an effort to bring the wonder of storytelling, literacy and information to the less fortunate. more…

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