The Cost of Containment

 
 
By Elizabeth Bennett  |  Posted 2003-09-10 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The size and volume of containers make it possible to hide munitions, drugs, stowaways, explosive materials.

  • A "standard" shipping container is 8 feet wide, 8.5 feet high and 20 feet long.
  • It can hold as much as 19 tons of soft and hard goods.
  • Only about 2% of the containers that move through a port get screened. In Oakland, gamma ray scanners are used to boost that to 10%.

    For an infographic on the rapid flow of vessels in to the port of Oakland, please download this PDF.

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    Elizabeth has been writing and reporting at Baselinesince its inaugural issue. Most recently, Liz helped Fortune 500 companies with their online strategies as a customer experience analyst at Creative Good. Prior to that, she worked in the organization practice at McKinsey & Co. She holds a B.A. from Vassar College.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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