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Behold the latest in cargo shipping convenience: the Supersack

Dec 10, 2021

As container shipping continues to be snarled in ports worldwide, customers are switching gears and moving cargo the old-fashioned way: on general cargo ships in huge bags called “supersacks.”

Photo: Supersacks on the ground awaiting transport. Credit: U.S. Department of Energy from United States, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Flags of convenience, the reason why so many ships seem to be from Panama

Dec 08, 2021

Most merchant ships are registered under what are called ‘flags of convenience,” countries of registry that exist almost solely to provide ships with a cheap way to operate with minimal regulations. There are a few very popular flags of convenience. One of them is Panama.

Photo: Pete unseth, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The attack on Pearl Harbor happened on this day in 1941

Dec 07, 2021

The infamous surprise attack on a U.S. military base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941, killed sleeping servicemen, sank ships in their berths, and drew the nation into World War II.

Photo credit: Pearl Harbor Memorial. Cdavidson602, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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