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Containerization: The Most Influential Invention That You've Never Heard Of

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The intermodal container changed our world. We would never have the interconnected and global economy of today without Malcolm McLean and his system of containerization. Email: wendoverproductions@gmail.com Twitter: @WendoverPro Please consider subscribing for more great videos about our world! Attributions: Northeast passage photo by Collin Knopp-Schwyn and Turkish Flame "Faster Does It" song by Kevin MacLeod Additional footage provided by VideoBlocks Licenses available upon request
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infinitecanadian (11 days ago)
20$ a day would have been a fortune back then.
Paul Floyd (17 days ago)
3d printing
doopydoop (1 month ago)
came for Docker. stayed for shipping innovations
Trebor Ironwolfe (1 month ago)
..but why do cars deliver shipments and ships deliver cargo?
John Burns (2 months ago)
Containers were not new. It is just that McLeans version took off.
John Burns (2 months ago)
It is pronounced _"root",_ not _"rout"._
ReyMysterioX (2 months ago)
I literally thought this would be about a video about Docker and was like: »When did Wendover start diving into IT-related topics?«
carlo caballo (3 months ago)
Simple invention big changes
Liam Kalan (3 months ago)
Me Geography class did watch dis video |: )
Ian Norris (3 months ago)
This video is erroneous. Malcolm McClean had the idea of putting non standard containers on the deck of tankers back in the 50s. What we see today with ISO Containers, cellular containerships and dedicated port handling systems was invented in a garage in Tring, England. The four founding companies P&O.S.N Co, British and Commonwealth, Shaw Savill and Ocean Transport and Trading got together to form a new company OCL and develop a way of transporting cargo more efficiently. The first cellular container ship the Encounter Bay (which I served on) entered service in 1967 on the UK ANZ service followed by another five shortly after, the Far East Service was started in 1971 with the US only embracing the system several years later. The rest is history. Retired Containership Master
WaxestLowa732 R (3 months ago)
Geoff Dalley (3 months ago)
Really cool video. Right up until you start with the global warming crap.
Ricardo Pieper (5 months ago)
wait this isn't a video about docker
Max Aggropop (5 months ago)
sphere packing would be more effective that box stacking. but handling a bunch of marbles is probably not that good.
Ramzi AJEM (5 months ago)
Me: I'm mature. Also me : Bendover Productions.
Scooty789 (5 months ago)
*C H I N A*
antisony2008 (5 months ago)
Came here waiting to hear about kubernetes
Adi G (5 months ago)
Your voice lacked the punch it usually has.. one that YouTube is so much in love with..
mlc449 (5 months ago)
Globalisation. It works bitchez!
prasad koranne (6 months ago)
Containerisation going digital now.
Ameha K (6 months ago)
50s? Thought it was at least a century.
༺†HK123agario†༻ YT (6 months ago)
i dont like the new thumbnail
XII (7 months ago)
Kyle (7 months ago)
I thought this video was going to be about Docker
CureCreation (7 months ago)
FltBdN87 (7 months ago)
I just found your channel a few days ago and I just love your work
PartiZAn18 (7 months ago)
Containerisation is fundamental to logistics and the supply chain. LOL
Reginald Uy (7 months ago)
Who would win? The entire scientific and entrepreneurial community of humanity -or- One boi who convinced everyone to pack shit in the same size box
Ihatequests Dev (7 months ago)
Why not make a shipping boat that's powered by hydroelectric energy instead of gasoline? 🤔
Pramod MP (7 months ago)
Dude, you make so awesome contents... the way you do research is really awesome...
Charles Kall (7 months ago)
What do you use to get clips and edit videos?
Darlene Hoover (7 months ago)
And there you have it, once again greed is the culprit.
Alex Benfica (7 months ago)
Docker ps
BON3S McCOY (7 months ago)
Was that Oakland at 4:35?
huh hello (8 months ago)
Doesn't he sound like "Daily Dose of Internet"????
faisal khan (8 months ago)
How does containers made ships go around north? Ships could have gone around north even if the shipments were loaded without containers.
Šimon Macháček (8 months ago)
No middleman would touch the cargo. What a nice idea. It would be like nobody is touching your property. Except there are mafias called the states, which don't respect someone's property and which bully everybody dictating what a 'free' man can and can't posses.
Jack L.J.K. (8 months ago)
i love logistics
Alexander Arnold (8 months ago)
So people start to "worry" if the container is going to "work" or not? It's an inanimate object!
Alexander Arnold (8 months ago)
"China Shipping Lines" as Generics? What of Public Hospitals?
Zege (9 months ago)
*This guy is fucking awesome*
Victor Ji (9 months ago)
Murtaza Malak (9 months ago)
just have to pause the video to write : " wow what an invention " , reminds us that a small idea can have such a great impact.
Elliotttheneko UwU (10 months ago)
Uh oh. Singapore is screwed.
Lauren VanderHout (10 months ago)
best video ive seen
w2ttsy (10 months ago)
Came here expecting a video about docker, ended up with a video about shipping instead..
Youssef Samwel (10 months ago)
Transistors are the best inventions of the 20th century
matthew galer (11 months ago)
I thought this was gonna be about refrigeration
Shawna Brookes (11 months ago)
Global shipping ergo globalization ergo Neoliberalism ergo deindustrialization of American ergo slow economic collapse ergo resurgence in nationalism ergo Trump ergo The Epic Crash ergo deglobalization ergo produce local again ergo the rise of 3D printing
mac berry (11 months ago)
The world still depends on boats
Exige000 (11 months ago)
So there you have it. A video which tries to make a point using wrong and irrelevant illustrations and examples, narrated by a moronic voice, to boot. Don't believe all you read, hear and see on the internet because most of it has not been written and verified by subject matter experts.
Exige000 (11 months ago)
"We wouldn't have our oranges from Florida" ......"We wouldn't have our phones from China" ..........why not? The picture at 5.26 is of a refrigerated rail box cars - NOT containers. The suggestion here is that the Tropicana oranges are moving domestically across the USA so containers play no role in this transport whatsoever. You would have been better served by showing photos or video of Chiquita or Dole or Del Monte reefer ships with reefer containers on board. Mobile phones are mostly air-freighted due to the value and time taken to move these high-tech but short shelf life items to market. Containers are not applicable. Actually, to illustrate this point you should have mentioned something like toys, furniture or athletic shoes- all of which have been boosted by containerisation and which have grown in worldwide transport because of containers.
Exige000 (11 months ago)
Avoiding the pirate infested waters of the Gulf of Aden .....maybe in 2012 but this is no longer a serious threat and container ships were never a major target of the pirates due to their speed and high freeboard. Do you know anything about piracy?
stephen heath (10 months ago)
not only that ,but international warships patrol those waters constantly
Exige000 (11 months ago)
Northeast Passage isn't the panacea that you suggest. The first container vessel to try this routing was a Maersk vessel which sailed direct from Vladivostok to Hamburg but that was a single trial. The reasons this is not such a great solution is that it is only open a couple of months a year, that ice class (strengthened) ships are still needed and, at all other times an icebreaker convoy would be needed. In addition, the Northern route does not allow valuable wayports in the Middle east, India and the Mediterranean to be called, so the northern route is a point-to-point service only - good for speed but limited in cargo opportunities.
Exige000 (11 months ago)
"No need for logistics, No need for calculations"?????? Do you seriously listen to yourself....or maybe this is the reason why container shipping lines make no money - because they don't operate logistics or make calculations?
Exige000 (11 months ago)
@2.36 - "Even some planes are now being designed to fit intermodal containers" ......except the picture isn't of a container but a ThalesAirbus satellite module.
Exige000 (11 months ago)
@2.33 - "fit on the truck that will take it up to Russia" ......... except that the truck in the picture is a refrigerated van trailer - NOT a container! If you are going to make a video about containerisation, at least show CONTAINERS !
nonsolumarmis (11 months ago)
1:40 Sold everything he owned to follow his idea. What are you doing with your life ?
BlackPage (11 months ago)
I live in Ontario Canada and the raspberries at the grocery store are from California and Mexico. How the fck is that profitable?
a tribute to Yeah, Sure (11 months ago)
"The Most Influential Invention That You've Never Heard Of" Click bait = thumbs down.
Dejan Subaric (11 months ago)
There is a documentary called "The container that changed the world" which is all about the shipping container. Recommended for anyone further interested in this topic.
steve1978ger (11 months ago)
fucking containers, how do they work
Don't Read this (1 year ago)
I have a subwoofer on my computer AND THAT BASS
Z.O.E (1 year ago)
I found myself here randomly, Guess I'll learn.
Anderson 63 Scooper (1 year ago)
Totally thought this was going to be about _software_ containers, like Docker does. Who hasn't heard of intermodal shipping?
Riley (1 year ago)
The Northwest passage is in Nunavut, not Russia and Scandinavia...
Canadian Crafter (1 year ago)
or the same unit of measurement...
Chris Musix (1 year ago)
The insanity of our modern economy: that shipping products half way around the world would be viable because of the inequality suffered by Asian workers. Thanks bro - you made Communism shiny!
Tymon Smith (1 year ago)
5:27 "Pipping is the behind the scenes process....."
GS4444 (1 year ago)
And here I was thinking this was about the recent mass adoption of containerization with docker. /facepalm
Budi Darmawan (1 year ago)
Isn't container ISO standard?
twistr (1 year ago)
Morpheus network
Διογένης (1 year ago)
Actually, container carriers have a much much higher speed of 22-24 knots rather than the one you mentioned. The average speed you mentioned is that of bulk carriers and traditional crude oil tankers (More like 12 knots to be more accurate). I worked on board an LNG carrier and our average speed was 16-17 knots (Which is slow for LNG carriers, usually it is 18-19). I know that stuff first hand. I've been on watch for many many hours on that navigation bridge so my source is my experience. I think you are a little bit inaccurate right there.
Friendofspiders (1 year ago)
Those logistics videos are so interesting, to understand the processes behind our industrialization
aholguin618 (1 year ago)
Hate to beat a dead horse but the "no need for logistics" comment was just cringeworthy. The biggest vessels these days carry in excess of 12,000 TEUs, those boxes don't just get there by themselve. A lot of planning goes into every shipment.
Junk Mail (1 year ago)
Belated, but thanks for making this video. I actually didn't realize.
Rafael Vilorio (1 year ago)
4:14 what do you mean profitable🤔
AviationGeek777 (1 year ago)
Clint Golub (1 year ago)
“Global Warming may destroy some island nations and cities, but at least we can now cut down shipping routes by a few days”
Clint Golub (1 year ago)
The podcast #99percentinvisible covered this too! https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/containers-ships-tugs-port/
making in China (1 year ago)
I only use made in China things. Because I'm in China
L MUS (1 year ago)
I find it funny that the guy´s last name is McLean, because what he created has made the whole process more lean
I've heard of it, I used to spend everyday of little containers with a forklift and by hand. A lot of containers still have to be loaded and unloaded by hand at the warehouse or factory.
The UnReaL Graffiti (1 year ago)
Nice when he pronounces “shipping” as “dipping”
Thekukills (1 year ago)
Did you just state that Kansas exports goods to Russia? Sure.
SteveTheFazeman (1 year ago)
The statement that Malcolm McLean sold everything was another inane comment.
Михайло Сєльський (1 year ago)
What really bothers me about shipping is this oxymoron: "shipped by plane".
Gabrulo_Knifemaking (1 year ago)
is funny how the global warming is helping to decrease the emission of co2
Krpajda (1 year ago)
This is like the vaporwave of Wendover videos. It's slow, with ugly visuals; calming, yet weird and out of place somehow.
Doug Mcdonell (1 year ago)
For the worlds longshoremen this was the end. No more helping yourself to cargo.
Bris Vegas (1 year ago)
These ships run off dirty fuel that pollutes the atmosphere on a grand scale as they burn sulphur and other chemicals.... just so people can consume mindlessly, buying 10 pairs of sneakers, plastic t-shirts and gummy bears. What's the end game? How many more decades can this last for?
SHERMAN YOUNG (1 year ago)
Great video, but you show shipping containers from the US going to other places in the world, when truth is that most of the world's shipping containers are coming here to the United States 😂😂this country is the largest consumer of goods on EARTH... unbelievable 😮😮😮 the most we ship is bulk agriculture goods like,corn ,wheat,soy,beef,and pork, but not very much manufacturer goods.... Americans are greedy MONEY hungry Consumers 😮😮😮😮🤐
Jack Traveller (1 year ago)
Why can't container ships be engineered to be faster?
Notmade ofPeople (1 year ago)
I was not aware of the fact that I have never heard of shipping containers.
Klaa2 (1 year ago)
Question is, when are we going to standardize and supply chain ALL containers ? The enormous amount of waste and pollution from a one use container disposal system is such an obvious problem that needs to be solved immediately. It is literally destroying the world and escalating the cost of everything.
Womb Raider (1 year ago)
Global warming is a huge scam
Door-to-Door Hentai Salesman (1 year ago)
1000 years later, your phone will be made in Mars.
Joe Blow (1 year ago)
Interesting, but could have done without the global warming crap.
M4H1N (1 year ago)
Thanks for mentioning my country Bangladesh. :)
Pierzing.glint1sh7 (1 year ago)
Mahin USA shit is coz of Afghanistan tho...that would have happened regardless...and it wouldn’t affect the hypothetical east pak anyway coz India’s in between. So the taliban and everything that goes with it wouldn’t really affect you. I’ll tell you what India would try to do in that situation is to orchestrate false flag attacks and blame them on west Pakistan in order to make us divide if we hadn’t done in 1971. You’ve lost almost all political influence since without us you’re nothing but an Indian client state. You’re getting better economically but India surrounds you politically and literally on the map. Our nuclear weapons would also be yours, and atleast we’re still a thorn in India’s side but if we were together India literally couldn’t do anything without asking us first. We could not have made significant investment into east Pakistan at the time due to the fact that we were poor ourselves and we didn’t have the resources. On top of that add two wars with India 1948 and 1965, you should not have expected a lot of investment into the east. And finally Bangladesh is not doing well now due to independence. A lot of things which used to be made in Pakistan up until the war on terror are now made in Bangladesh. This is of US origin, and you were still exceedingly poor for decades even after independence.
M4H1N (1 year ago)
Mmmm your right on the part India has a big influence on us. And they helped us win. But the topic that started this is that Bangladesh was mentioned here. And for what reason is that you ask? We are the biggest producers of cloths today cause we are independent. If we were to stuck with the west that would have been impossible. The west never made any developments in the east (which is one of the reason for the war) which led onto asking for our own language at leas but the government kills a lot of people instead, people were furious and it led to the war. The conclusion is if the west made significant development on the east not steal from it instead. The east and west would have never gone for that election, the west would have never lost on east and they could have still be together. ""And then you can say We could have India by the balls"" To also mention about your so called "Right Path". If we were together today the east would have been the poorest country with slavery and with a lot of USA shit going on here(i don't deny USA shit is not happening here now, but it is on a completely different level then yours.). I hope you Reply I'm having a blast here. :) :D
Pierzing.glint1sh7 (1 year ago)
Mahin You guys were stupid for demanding independence imagine we were still together we wud have India by the balls but noooooo you’re India’s puppet and always will be. Without their intervention you would be on the right path, with us!
M4H1N (1 year ago)
Pierzing.glint1sh7 well if your talking about our independence. Then I clearly remember that we fought for it. ☺️
Pierzing.glint1sh7 (1 year ago)
Mahin you damn bungies get happy at anything. We should never have let you leave
Olive Majestic (1 year ago)
2:15 so damn true. Stupid plugs.