November 19th, 2020

Tall ships (porthole)

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Interesting tidbit of news: about a third of Felixstowe Port's capacity is currently taken up with a stockpile of 11 thousand shipping containers full of PPE. This (along with a general surge in shipping because Brexit, Christmas and Covid) has snarled up the port.

I mentioned this to a friend who's got links into logistics - he commented that that's a very expensive way to store anything. Ports don't like having containers hanging around and can charge quite a bit (hundreds of pounds per day!) if your container overstays its welcome. At those prices you may as well buy a field and dump all the containers there - except in more Covid-related hilarity, the fields are all full of unused black cabs!