Rose George has written extensively on inner workings of cargo ships, bringing to light a lot of things very few people ever knew.
Even though we spend our days shopping for, using, and thinking about products, we rarely consider the often long and tedious process of getting them from their origins to their destinations.
Taking that into consideration, Rose George has written extensively on inner workings of cargo ships, bringing to light a lot of things very few people ever knew.
For example, with all of the high tech gadgets and gizmos onboard, ships pretty much sail themselves once they hit the open water. Captains now mostly do paperwork. When they do need to steer the ship they look like they’re playing a video game, with a plastic wheel and a bank of electronic screens.
With the exception of refrigerated and hazardous goods, captains rarely know, or reportedly even care, what’s in the massive containers they transport.
The nonchalant attitude about what’s inside has a history of extending to ports of both arrival and departure, and unfortunately, that’s made shipping containers popular vessels for the transport of dangerous goods.
Since 9/11, the US has been trying to learn more about how the industry works on a global scale, but have as of yet been unsuccessful at implementing systems that result in full container content disclosure.