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Containers have revolutionized the way manufactured goods are carried around the world, and nowadays some major changes are foreseen to take place.
Last year – and the first five months of 2013 – brought quite a lot of headlines from the daily bread and butter of the container sector, both on the seaside and in the hinterland.
In 2012, the Baltic Sea region’s ro-ro/ferry sector experienced many small reshufflings but also affairs which significantly changed the playing field.
The Baltic shipbuilding industry is still at a turning point. After losing the market for most kinds of cargo vessels, it is now looking for customers interested in special and tailor-made vessels. But dealing with the new situation remains sailing on shallow and sometimes drying waters – grounding is possible if you are used to sailing deep and wide seas.
The real dinosaurs of maritime trade are staying strong, as the ancient form of break bulk cargo didn’t fall below 10% of the whole turnover across the BSR ports. Wire coils, parcels, pallets, boxes, modules of machinery, etc., abstain from containerization or sometimes even run away from it! Break bulk still lands on the quays and requires skilful men and ships which uphold the heritage of general cargo trade.