You have a gift, Jack – or not



Welcome to the WHAT THE TRUCK?!? Newsletter presented by CONVOY. In this issue, the scale of a steamboat; Lego Titanic sells; autonomous shipping; and supply chain scapegoats.

Large scale shipping

34 TEU – By now, even those of you who have never worked a single day in the supply chain know what a cargo ship looks like on the outside. But how many of us have seen what it looks like on the inside? What you see above are 34 TEUs stacked in a ship. Considering that the standard 20ft and 40ft containers are 8.6ft high and this stack is 17 containers high, you are looking at a stack over 146ft high.

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Container Mathematics – This stack is pretty impressive, right? Now consider how many there are on a modern ship, many of which contain over 10,000 TEUs. But how does a stack of 17 high containers equate to 34 TEUs? Here is the calculation: TEU = twenty foot equivalent unit = 20 foot sea container. Two of them fit per row. 40ft containers (FIRE) count as two TEUs. So when someone says a ship is 10,000 TEU, it means it could hold 10,000 20ft containers (or a 20ft 40ft combo). It can get tricky when you add bulk containers and high end containers, but the above calculations usually work. This is what they look like arranged.

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The biggest in the world – You may have seen beautiful Halloween costumes never given away this season, but did you know she has a big sister? The Ever Ace is the largest container ship in the world and holds 23,992 TEUs. See that stack 34 posted above? This ship can accommodate 705. Such a scale is difficult to understand!

More learning – Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work as a crew member on one of these ships? US Merchant Navy Bryan Boyle has an amazing YouTube channel that immerses you in the world of life on board. Don’t miss his video on a Day in the Life of a Freighter Deck Officer.

Navigation automation

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Ghost crew? The Black Pearl might not be the only ghost ship on the seas if the steamboat companies have something to say about it. We talk all the time about self-driving cars, trucks and warehouses, but what about freighters? Japanese company K Line made waves on Monday when it announced that it had partnered with Kawasaki Heavy Industries on a co-development contract for what they call a “marine machinery operating support system based on the ‘IA “. ShipInsight reports: “The system will have functions such as prediction / fault diagnosis, CBM (condition-based maintenance) and optimal operational support, based on the analysis of operating data from marine machinery to the AI help. “

“You better start believing in ghost stories, Miss Turner… you are!” “- Hector Barbossa

Human element Just like with autonomous trucks, there are different levels of autonomy and at the moment the goal is not to remove the crew entirely, but rather to improve operations and safety while providing a proof of concept. . This concept is designed to meet the requirement of degree 1 of the International Maritime Organization. Much like level one autonomy on land, this still requires a crew to supervise on board. Splash247 reports: “Demonstrations at sea will begin in April 2023 on a variety of vessel types and routes, both local and international, with the goal of large-scale commercialization in the future. “

When the supply chain is the iceberg

Will your heart continue? – “You have a gift, Jack” – or maybe not. Unless you’re one of the first to line up at 12:01 am Monday, you might not be lucky when it comes to dreaming of owning a Lego Titanic. The second largest set in Lego history, which sells for $ 629.99 (a price close to the price of a third-class ticket to sail the Titanic after adjusting for inflation), was almost immediately in sold out. Many of those who obtained one were informed the next day that their precious vessel was out of stock. (Yes I understood E-mail too.) Lego says it will have a limited number of backorders to purchase next Monday. If you miss it again, you’re looking at eBay prices as high as $ 1,350.

PS5 incoming – Speaking of pre-orders, PS5s have been rare since their launch a year ago, and those that haven’t had one have since been on an unsuccessful quest. Fortunately for UK readers, Sony chartered a “Santa Special” airlift with three jumbo jets loaded with consoles. According to The Sun (I know, I know), “Every cargo plane, operated by Korean Airlines, has been chartered by Sony and managed by the freight company Expeditors based in Ashford, Middlesex.” Sony has sold over 13 million next-generation systems since its launch. Want help getting yours? To follow Wario64 on Twitter and click that bell for tweet notifications.

Can’t we blame the supply chain for everything?


Please don’t wash your hands – My wife sent me this photo of Barnes & Noble in Hamilton Place in Chattanooga, Tennessee. You might be used to the signs and emails accusing every stock-out of the Great 21’s supply crunch, but is that really still the case? Adam Eagle of SiLo writes, “I imagine in this case they’re accusing the infamous supply chain of not stocking soap when in this case the real problem is that their accounting software only allows buying. soap from Aarmark rather than buying from Target. Supply chain disruptions are a real thing, but they are no excuse to forgo adaptive sourcing strategies. In this case, a simple trip to the street would have given more soap to this place. I know we are relaxing COVID policies, but not making handwashing one of them.

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WTT this week

Wednesday – Matt Schrap, CEO of the Harbor Trucking Association; Adam Ruff, vice president of business development and transportation solutions at DHL Supply Chain; Cris Arens, Managing Partner at Logisyn Advisors; and Chris Guttormsson, vice president of sales and marketing at Razor International USA, with Tim Tetz, director of outreach at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

Friday – Krenar Komoni, CEO of Tive; Brian Kempisty, founder of Port X Logistics; Kristin Smith, President and COO of Fernish; and Pierre Whiteside of Victory Ave Equipment Financing Inc.

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