An Annotated Shipping Container

If you start with this Flickr photo you can explore an annotated front door of a standard 20 foot shipping container — just follow the links in the notes embedded in the photo.

Shipping Container

Here’s the container itself, being used as a construction storage shed at the Confederation Centre of the Arts renovations:

Shipping Container

It’s amazing how much you can learn about containers, standards, maritime law and Korean manufacturing by studying the plates and stickers on a container:

  • The container was manufactured in 1982 by Hyundai Precision and Industry Company in Ulsan, South Korea.
  • The paint, both on the interior (grey) and exterior (rust) came from the multinational paint comglomerate Hempel.
  • The container was operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, a Norwegian shipping company, but owned by a company called Scalco in the Cayman Islands.
  • It was branded ScanDutch, “a pool for container shipping between Europe and the Far East… formally dissolved in 1992, after more than two decades of operations.” (source)
  • Safety approval for the container was by the French company Bureau Veritas.


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