Containerisation in its present form as a method of general cargo handling has been operating for almost three decades. Its use is now universal and its growth has been spectacular. This research project examines all aspects of containerisation. It draws together the many areas in which work has been done by others, evaluates performance, and explores the future direction of containerisation. The discussions are broken into six sections.
Section 1 deals with the early history and development of containerisation from its origins to the present
Section 2 examines the physical aspects of containerisation. This will include Chapters 3 to 5 and will deal with the types of containerisation systems, the part played by shore based equipment, and an evaluation of the container operating systems.
Section 3 covers the Management and Administration aspects of Containerisation. This includes Chapters 6 and 7 and deals with "ship working" and documentation.
Section 4 examines the financial and performance aspects of containerisation. Chapter 8 will cover the economics of containerisation, while Chapter 9 reports terminal performance on a world wide basis. In particular Australia's performance is monitored.
Section 5 deals with the future direction of containerisation. A search for alternative transportation modes is carried out, and a commentary provided on the future options for containerisation.
Section 6 contains a summary and draws some conclusions, emphasising the importance of containerisation as a method of general cargo handling.
These discussions are aimed at providing some insight into containerisation, in particular, its history, physical aspects, current position, performance and future direction.