Careful, Capt! Don’t hit that ISBU!

29 Oct

Why are ISO Shipping Containers built so tough?

Taken From: Exports Logistics Guide

Those Corten Steel Containers that we lovingly call ISBUs, start out life on the High Seas as ISO Shipping Containers, getting pounded by Mother Nature as they are plowing their way back and forth between exotic places like China and Los Angeles.

(And for all you naysayers… if you thing Los Angeles isn’t “exotic” try going out in it, after dark… ;))

It’s not just Mother Nature that tests them, sometimes those glorious Steel Boxes get pounded by “other things”…

Holy Naval Nosejob, Batman!

In August (Aug 10, 2010) two cargo ships collided off Mumbai, the MSC Chitra and Khalijia.

This collision resulted in a large number of cargo containers sliding overboard. It also created a pretty sizable oil spill.

The MSC Chitra listed sharply to the port side after the collision causing the spill.


The Chitra was carrying 1219 containers, 2662 tons of fuel, 283 tons of diesel and 88040 liters of lubricant oil.

The spreading oil slick is causing concern along the coastline, including along the mangrove belt. Shades of BP, huh? Oy. And attempts to contain the spill were difficult due to the weather and tidal conditions.

The floating containers are also causing a navigation hazard in the port area.

Yep. FLOATING Containers. Remember, when these babies are sealed up, they’re air-tight. In some cases, depending on what’s inside them, they’ll float like buoys.

Unconfirmed reports indicate the two ships were on different communication channels instead of on the same channel.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m thinking about going fishing… I wonder what pound test you need, to catch a floating ISBU? And what do you use for bait? Hmmm? 🙂

Stay Tuned.

Photo credits go to ELG.

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2 Responses to “Careful, Capt! Don’t hit that ISBU!”

  1. Madrigorne November 1, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    What do you use as bait? Electromagnets! BIG ones…

    • Renaissance Ronin November 2, 2010 at 11:58 am #

      Ahhhhh crap! I wonder how MANY Photovoltaic panels THAT is gonna take?

      Oy Vey… I need a bigger boat. 😉

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