Modern titans of the sea
These modern titans of the sea can form mountains by stacking up to 19,000 containers onboard. Orders have already been placed for the first 21,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) capacity ships. While TEU refers to the unit of measurement, the boxes themselves have grown beyond that size—sometimes they stretch up to 40 feet long. As straightforward as containers may seem to be, they have changed the world and are now standard for the international movement of goods. With their introduction, items no longer have to be handled individually. Loading and discharging times were drastically reduced for bags of coffee, machine parts, or jeans. This facilitated the development of international trade and globalization into what we know today. In 1965, Bremen handled nine tons of groupage; in 2015, it handled just over 63 million tons, including 55 million in containers.
DACHSER now moves enough standard containers in Germany to fully load several megaships per year. The Global Ocean Freight division at DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics is responsible for strategic development of sea freight. It coordinates global supply chain management and collaboration with shipping companies, while ensuring compliance with sustainable standards and processes and supporting customers with extensive ocean transport. For instance, in cooperation with Maersk Line, the world’s largest shipping company, regular service from Ningbo, China, to Bremerhaven runs five times a week. Triple-E ships, which at 400 m long are in the largest ship class with a capacity of 18,000 TEU, are used on these lines.