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US port conflict creates historical chaos in shipping

Photo: Hanjin


The labor conflict in the major ports on the US West Coast, which handle more than half of the country's seafreight, is described as the worst in history in terms of delays and consequences for carriers and shippers.


Published 17.02.15 at 14:31

The critical labor conflict in ports on the US West Coast, which since October last year has been causing near-chaotic conditions for carriers and shippers, is now forcing container carriers to use ships all the way down to 2,500 teu across the Pacific from Asia through the Panama Canal to the US East Coast in an effort to work around the conflct.

According to Alphaliner's newsletter, the delays for containers from Asia to the US ports in California - which handle more than half of the US' combined sea freight volumes and more than 70 percent of US imports from Asia - currently stand at five weeks.

"Demand for all sizes of above 2,000 teu has jumped significantly, even leading to Far East-US East…

THE FUTURE ??? : Underwater Skyscraper is a Self-Sufficient City at Sea

by Mike Chino, 02/15/11

Ocean levels are rising around the globe, so rather than tethering our buildings to the sinking shoreline why not suit them for a life at sea? 

That’s the approach behind the Water-Scraper, a futuristic self-sufficient floating city. A special mention in the eVolo Skyscraper Competition, the design expands the concept of a floating island into a full-fledged underwater skyscraper that harvests renewable energy and grows its own food.

Touted as a self-sufficent floating city, Sarly Adre Bin Sarkum’s Water-Scraper utilizes a variety of green technologies. It generates its own electricity using wave, wind, and solar power and it produces its own food through farming, aquaculture, and hydroponic techniques. 

The surface of the submerged skyscraper sustains a small forest, while the lower levels contain spaces for its inhabitants to live and work. The building is kept upright using a system of ballasts aided by a set of squid-like tentacles that generate kinetic energy.