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he recent dialogue on contain- will always be playing catch-up. Mega- er shipping has been all about ships are (depending on your viewpoint) so-called “mega-ships;” those symptomatic of the problem, or – alter-

T vessels that with larger capac- natively – part of the logistics solution.


ity than those that are already in service


at any point in time. In the container Explosive Growth trades, as in tanker and drybulk arenas, The July 1998, port calls of the 6,000 ocean-going vessels are one link, albeit TEU Regina Maersk along the U.S. East an important component, within broader Coast, set in motion a chain of events supply chains. Unlike most other trans- that the supply chain is still sorting out port supply chains where the cargo side – nearly 20 years later. Maersk told the determines the overall architecture of the ports that such ships would become the chain, the liner companies carrying con- norm. In 2016 and 2017, 18,000 TEU tainers appear to have dictated the criti- vessels have similarly made the circuit cal linkages that make up supply pro- on both coasts. In 2016, an 18,000 TEU grams. This fundamental dissimilarity vessel, Benjamin Franklin, visited ports has profound implications: the landside along the U.S. West Coast and in late infrastructure for handling containerized summer 2017, the 18,000 TEU CMA cargo, rather than leading the charge, CGM T. Roosevelt visited the East

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