Putting container losses into perspective

Automation in ports has transformed how general cargo is loaded onto container ships (Peter Barker)

Pictures of ships arriving at ports, their container stacks collapsed with boxes leaning precariously over the side of the vessel, makes for good copy and often attracts the attention of the world’s media beyond immediate industry circles.

But is the overall problem as serious as the pictures indicate? An updated World Shipping Council (WSC) survey for 2022 revealed statistics that might surprise a few.

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