Why Are These Massive Cargo Ships Trapped at 29 U.S. Ports?

You've probably read about it, even if it didn't really register. Something about a backlog. Something about unions. Imports and exports. Now the dispute that's paralyzing 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast has the potential to affect all of us—and to empty the shelves in countless stores. »2/19/15 5:24pm2/19/15 5:24pm

This City-Sized Gas Plant Has The Next Big Idea To Save The Planet

Nine billion tons of things you buy get to your hands via trucks. Most structures are put up by cranes and bulldozers. All those vehicles run on diesel, and at the Pearl Plant in Qatar, Shell is cooking up an alternative fuel that could drop directly in those engines, making them immediately more efficient and more… »7/07/14 4:58pm7/07/14 4:58pm

The Simple Metal Mechanism That Changed the Global Economy Forever

Have you ever heard of a twistlock? Unless you're a stevedore, probably not. Yet this little mechanism is what makes it possible to stack shipping containers onto cargo ships larger than city blocks—enabling a global trade network that brought most of your belongings to your doorstep. And we have a relatively… »2/26/14 10:38am2/26/14 10:38am

A Photographer's Rare Trip Aboard One of the World's Largest Ships

The seven-year-old Emma Mærsk can carry more cargo than a 41-mile-long train and has a turning radius of almost a mile. Even compared to oil tankers, she’s more like a city than a boat—albeit a city that few people ever get to explore. But in 2010, a young photographer named Jakob Wagner became one of the few… »6/25/13 2:15pm6/25/13 2:15pm

Industry Group Attempts to Prompt Fears Over Maritime Diesel Switch

The International Maritime Organization is considering switching to low-sulphur diesel fuel — just like you use in your Audi — in an effort to help the environment. This sounds like a good thing, right? Cargo ships will pollute a little less, Pandas will have a little more sex, overall oil usage probably won't change… »3/28/08 5:45pm3/28/08 5:45pm

Subie to Pump More Vehicles Through Baltimore

Baltimore has given us many things. The Orioles, for example. The Colts, too. John Waters! E. Bloom , Richard Hell , Joe Strummer , and John Doe. And now it's about to give us more Subarus. The Fuji Heavy Industries unit is planning to run an additional 31k import and export vehicles across the Maryland city's docks, as… »11/17/06 4:15pm11/17/06 4:15pm