The supply chain crisis has a silver lining – container ships should be

Thought this was interesting.

There are not nearly enough containers, because ships that would normally pick up empty containers to return to ports in Asia have been sailing back empty-handed instead to minimise delays.

If this is correct wouldn’t it be better in the long run to delay each ship long enough to send boxes the other way to avoid having the entire system to eventually grind to a halt?

Article was also published by Marine Executive.

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That would require a large injection of common sense, apparently sadly lacking these days.

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" This has made shipping companies much more profitable than usual, and they will hopefully use some of this windfall to invest in ships that can run on green fuels, …"

Got a good laugh out of that line!

“Even then, the big shipping companies will probably keep freight rates high after supply chains have normalised to help pay for decarbonising their fleets.”

That’s more likely to happen, they will impose a “carbon free” surcharge and keep on grinning.

Who is suing whom in container shipping disputes?:

Ok, my pithy sarcastic humor is kicking in:

  1. Use the empty boxes for housing the 1.7 million illegals Biden’s encouraging to come in. [The estimated 300,000 “get-aways” don’t qualify though because they "gota-way]
  2. Use the empty boxes for the 100,000 afghans evacuated. [Cheaper then the government provided tents]
  3. Use the empty boxes for housing for the 1000 homes consumed in CO’s wildfire
  4. Use the empty boxes for tornado shelters in the heartland of the US
  5. Use the empty boxes for San Francisco’s homeless [SF is paying $5000 per month for tents near City Hall

See, there really is a Silver Lining.


Who pays the owner of the boxes?
They don’t come for free you know:

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:man_facepalming: The same guys that are buying the housing for the illegals, the Afghans, the displaced CO residents & the tents in SF [probably at CONSIDERABLE SAVINGS to the taxpayers]. However, the ones sold for tornado shelters would be on the purchaser’s dime.

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