From the Archive: Shipping Port Aerial, New Zealand

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch aerial, New Zealand. © www.thomaspickard.com No use without written permission from photographer.

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch aerial, New Zealand. © www.thomaspickard.com No use without written permission from photographer.

Shipping ports are the cogs of commerce. Unless you work at a port or live near one, you probably give little thought to what exactly goes on at a port and how vital they are to the modern day economy.

Whether you know it or not, the reality is that most of the things in our lives have been shipped from point A to point B, inside either a 20-foot or a 40-foot container. In many respects, the modern shipping container and the entire shipping supply chain is one of the marvels of the modern economy.

For a really great read on how shipping came about, I recommend reading this article:

The Box that Built the Modern World via Nautilus Quarterly

About this photo: taken from a light aircraft in mid-afternoon sun, this is a high-angle view of Lyttelton Port of Christchurch. While it is difficult to understand the size of things, the green gantry cranes weight about a 1000-tonnes each and are capable of lifting loads of up to 60-tonnes.