There is a STRIKE coming down the main Cargo highways of this world. No-0ne has heard about it. It will be devastating in its impact; but yet no-one knows about it. No newspaper or tv station has reported on it, but it will happen; and because of who is striking, and why these men are striking, it will change our very world. Imagine a Global World without the means which made it Global. What made it Global? It was the Container ship, and the professionals which crewed those ships.
Imagine a ship in the days when I was at sea, a half-century ago. We sailed into a port, and we usually stayed there for four or five days, whilst the cargo was unloaded; and then we moved on.
Fast forwards forty years, and the ship’s time in harbour is measured not in days or weeks: but in hours. The cargo holds, the winches and derricks, they’ve all disappeared. In the place of that series of four or five holds, there is now a series of vertical gantries, which hold that miracle of cargo handling, the container. The ship’s beam has widened to maybe four or five times the size of that old ship, and the ship’s length has maybe magically increased by a similar figure. You are now gazing at a modern Container ship. As the ship is berthed, along comes a colossal series of cranes, with a horizontal boom which is wider that the beam of this monstrous Container ship. A computer tells the crane driver which container to pick next, an automated trailer sits underneath the landing point, and; in an incredible time, the cargo containers disappear from the enormous holds, and are replaced with more, heading to a different destination. That monstrous ship can move on to the next port, and indeed where it used to take weeks, that cargo ship does the job in days.
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