The box by marc levinson dockworkers

A twenty-foot equivalent unit is a measure of containerized cargo capacity equal to one standard foot 6. Typically one ethnic group dominated the stevedore market in a port, usually the Irish Catholics, as seen in the film about New York On the Waterfront.

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The Box is not a biography and Levinson, while he highlights McLean's achievements, is not a follower of the cult of the entrepreneur. This involved struggles with the Interstate Commerce Commission, which among other things prohibited a truck company from owning a shipping line, and considerable financial and legal engineering.

Today, the vast majority of non- bulk cargo is transported in intermodal containers. Other than the standard, general purpose container, many variations exist for use with different cargoes. The examples and perspective in this article deal primarily with the English-speaking world and do not represent a worldwide view of the subject.

Then the book was shoved in by use of a pair of thick strong pieces of wood called steeves. It decrees that every container travelling internationally be fitted with a CSC Safety-approval Plate. The problem was not that seamen failed to notice the significance of the time and costs associated with the labor-intensive loading and unloading of loose cargo in so-called break bulk ships.

Despite this shortcoming, readers with an interest in business and technological history will find many valuable descriptions and case studies in his account. Main Street fought back tooth and nail, enlisting state and federal governments to stop price discounting.

September Australia[ edit ] In Australiathe informal term "wharfie" from wharf labourer and the formal "waterside worker", include the variety of occupations covered in other countries by words like stevedore.

Books An Extraordinary Time: The first containers were supplied by Brown, where McLean met Keith Tantlingerand hired him as vice-president of engineering and research. This is just part of the price one pays to live in paradise and not be fully globalised as yet. Economists promised that economic volatility was a thing of the past.

American containers at this time were not standardized, and these early containers were not yet stackable — neither in the U. McLean's story is followed through later chapters, but never takes over: Nine ways in which shipping has changed the world.

International container shipping could now become a reality. Thanks to computers and fancy quantitative tools, they claimed, governments now had the ability to provide jobs for all and keep recession at bay. The initial comments about An Extraordinary Time have been very kind. This type of work along the East Coast waterfront was characteristic of ports like New York, Boston, and Philadelphia.

The Polish longshoremen began setting up the system by selecting the most skilled men to lead them. Levinson's story details how individual interests and existing conventions militated against a shift to more efficient and lower-cost transport options.

Those workers at the port who handle and move the containers are likely to be considered stevedores or longshoremen. Both eventually negotiated agreements that gave shippers freedom to innovate, in return for wage guarantees and retirement provisions for existing union members.

The 9 ft 6 height of the boxes is identified by diagonal yellow and black markings on the top corners of the container Basic dimensions and permissible gross weights of intermodal containers are largely determined by two ISO standards: But this book is all about detail, and there are many aspects to containerisation that are interesting.

I knew quite a lot about shipping, partly from previous reading, but just generally. To many, innovation and high-tech are synonymous terms. In a remarkable court case, the federal government pressed criminal charges against the company for selling food too cheaply — and won.

Open-top and open-side containers, for instance for easy loading of heavy machinery or oversize pallets. The chapters that follow take up a number of different strands in the history of container shipping, in labour history, in entrepreneurial and corporate innovation and finance, in economic geography and in economic history.This item: The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger by Marc Levinson Paperback $ Only 1 left in stock - order soon.

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The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger

The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, ix +. Marc Levinson is an economist in New York and author of three previous books, including The Economist Guide to Financial Markets and Beyond Free Markets: The Revival of Activist Economics.

He has worked at The Economist, Newsweek and the Journal of Commerce.9/ Here Levinson argues that it was not until the mid s — after thirty years — that the full effects of containerization (and associated changes in logistics) on global manufacturing were felt. The Box covers a broad variety of material, but has enough of a common core to make a coherent book.

Although The Box may be somewhat too American centered, economist and business journalist Marc Levinson has written an eminently readable history of the advent of the modern logistics industry that goes a long way toward bringing the attention of a nonspecialist audience to the topic.

Despite his belief that his subject has “all the romance. A stevedore, longshoreman, docker or dockworker is a waterfront manual laborer who is involved in loading and unloading ships, trucks, trains or airplanes.

After the shipping container revolution of the s, the number of dockworkers required declined by over 90%, and the term "stevedore" has increasingly come to mean a stevedoring firm that .

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