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Growing up in a beautiful rural place, I never imagined some day living in the largest megalopolis on the US.  But here we are; I live in a concentration with over 50 million others.  That many people and consumers together has implications.  Click on the map to see source.

Here’s how a plethora of goods comes in . . . .

Ten years ago, single vessels this large never transited the sixth boro…

Just yesterday, no fewer than three of these ULCS found themselves in port, and they’ll soon push today’s limits.

So I have my own word for them:  megaboxforus.  Megaboxforuses . . . could be the plural.

 

 

 

And they change hands . . . Edison not long ago was Maersk Edison.  Maersk possibly traded in a 1200′ for a 1300′.

See the paint outs?

 

This morning Cosco Shipping Peony–the first of its class–arrived just before adequate light for photos.  I hope some one gets photos during its first sixth boro stay.

And once the boxes leave the ULCS, they go into the hinterland on steel rails or–less efficiently–on a single chassis pulled by a tractor.

These statistics are quickly becoming obsolete.

All photos and sentiments by Will Van Dorp.

 

 

is everyday at every major port!!  It’s not about pugilism.

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All 17 million of them . . ..

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and another 10,000 annually that leave the ship at sea,

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carried on who knows how many ships . . .

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and from the port . . . those that pass muster, hit the railroads and interstates and backroads . . ..

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all types of transport, even transporters transported .  ..

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OK . . . I have no idea how to make that a sentence, but it doesn’t matter.  Happy boxing day.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

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