The report describes recent developments in seaborne container transport and other forms of unit transport on both deep-sea and short-sea routes as well as related developments in the ports they serve. It further surveys policy issues which have arisen from the extremely rapid growth of seaborne unit transport and which may create problems in future. The field covered by the report is extremely wide and it was not possible nor indeed desirable to describe all facets of the present situation and trends in containerisation. In presenting the statistical material an attempt has been made to preserve some continuity with previous reports while including additional information on short-sea services. Sections 1 - 3 of the report focus on the quantitative aspects of deep-sea containerisation during the second half of 1970 and relate them to past developments and programmes. Sections 4 and 5 survey coastal container and other unit transport services, especially in Western Europe, as at the end of 1970 and describe the various forms of unit transport, other than full container services, existing or planned on short- and deep-sea routes. Sections 6 and 7 deal with the commerical organisation of container services and with governmental policies and regulation affecting containerisation. Section 8 surveys specialised port installations and container handling in ports. More and better information is now presented than was available previously. However, many ports still have insufficient statistics, and co-ordination of container handling statistics for different ports at the national level is still unsatisfactory in many cases. At the international level, differences of definition and detail make comparisons very difficult and this should be taken into account when using the present statistical data.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report by the Maritime Transport Committee-OECD
  • Corporate Authors:

    Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

    2001 L Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036
  • Publication Date: 1970

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 1-49

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00019333
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 8 1973 12:00AM