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    Default Modern Container Industry Developments

    If you model the modern era, then intermodal is most likely an important part of your layout operations. The intermodal industry is constantly evolving and changing, so it also helps to know what's going on to better guide you in what kinds of containers to stack your well cars with. Here's a few recent developments in the intermodal container industry within the past year that modern intermodal modelers should be aware of:


    NEW MAJOR CONTAINER COMPANY - SM LINE

    Last year, Korean container company Hanjin filed for bankruptcy. A new company, SM Line, started up in January 2017 and purchased all of Hanjin's assets. No manufacturer makes SM Line containers yet, but a few legacy Hanjin containers are still visible on SM Line stacks. The prototype containers are basically the same Hanjin blue containers with the "Hanjin" logo masked out and replaced with the SM Line logo. Union Pacific is the primary rail carrier for SM Line in North America. UPDATE: Jacksonville Terminal Co. now makes SM Line 40' containers in N scale.

    COSCO - CHINA SHIPPING MERGER - COSCO SHIPPING

    At the beginning of 2016, the two largest Chinese container companies, China Ocean Shipping Co (COSCO) and China Shipping merged to become COSCO Shipping. Their new logo containers have hit the seas/rails/roads a few months ago. No one makes COSCO Shipping containers yet, but you can freely mix the old grey COSCO and green China Shipping containers on your intermodal trains to represent the merger.

    NEW ASIAN/EUROPEAN CONTAINER ALLIANCE - THE ALLIANCE

    Similar to how commercial airlines have formed codesharing alliances, five European and Asian container companies formed an alliance called, "THE Alliance" in Spring of 2016. The companies involved are Hapag-Lloyd (Germany), K-Line (Japan), NYK Line (Japan) Mitsui OSK Lines (Japan) and Yang Ming (Taiwan). These containers are available by several manufacturers, such as Walthers, Deluxe, Atlas and Kato, although no Yang Ming containers exist yet. Mixing them on a doublestack train will represent this container alliance well.


    JAPANESE CONTAINER LINE MERGER

    Not fully official yet, but the three major Japanese lines within the THE Alliance (K-Line, NYK Line and Mitsui OSK Lines) are planning to merge operations to become Ocean Network Express (ONE) effective April 2018. However, the Us Federal Maritime Commission has rejected the merger plan as of May 2017. UPDATE: Jacksonville Terminal Co. now makes Ocean Network Express 40' containers in N scale.
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    China Ocean Shipping Co Shipping
    That's going to be annoying...

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    I just finished decaling a whack of Yang Ming and China Shipping... Another reason my layout is now locked in at 2016.

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    Just received my 1st batch of ONE containers from my LHS. Unfortunately, I was only able to get a total of 10 because it was sold out so quickly. JTC informed me that there will be a 2nd run of the ONE containers Spring 2019.

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    Wonder how long the bright pink of those ONE containers will remain so under the pounding of salt spray and UV rays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Schmidt View Post
    Wonder how long the bright pink of those ONE containers will remain so under the pounding of salt spray and UV rays.
    Depends on where they're placed! Most containers in the ship don't even see the light of day, literally --most are stacked below the deck, and even the ones above the deck are surrounded by other containers. So basically only the containers above the deck on the extreme ends are directly exposed to the elements, and even then at most you'll have one side, the top and the front or rear side exposed. That's why you'll see many containers in various states of weathering.


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