The Globalisation of the Oceans

BookThe Globalisation of the Oceans

The Globalisation of the Oceans

Containerisation from the 1950s to the Present

Research in Maritime History, 23


October 18th, 2017

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This book maintains that container shipping is vital to the actualisation of globalisation, and that without it, globalisation would remain a concept rather than reality. It argues that container shipping has been academically overlooked as a global business sector in favour of more prominent sectors such as oil or arms trade, and aims to provide a complete history of containerisation from the 1950s to the turn of the millennium. This history explores the growth of the container industry due to prominent innovation in vessel design, early adoption of the internet, large international mergers, and significant physical alterations to the global port system. With particular emphasis on the east-west trade, the chapters cover the growth and development of the container industry, to the social changes experienced by seafaring labour forces, the cultural impact of the container - bringing a domineering land-presence to maritime activity, through to the environmental concerns surrounding the industry. The study is not a quantitative economic analysis of the industry, rather, an updated history that strives to demonstrate the importance of transport infrastructures to any consideration of global business sectors, by providing evidence of the container industry’s stimulation of the global economy.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Copyright Page4
Table of Contents7
List of Figures9
List of Tables11
Chapter 1: A Concept and its Realisation31
Chapter 2: The First Revolution49
Chapter 3: The 1970s: Conquering the World73
Chapter 4: The 1980s: Crisis and the Second Revolution101
Chapter 5: The 1990s: Globalisation137
Chapter 6: Ports, Port Systems and Liner Networks187
Chapter 7: Maritime Labour235
Chapter 8: Culture, the Environment and Recycling279
Select Bibliography301