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The ACT 7

The ACT 7

By 1977–78 New Zealand’s European trade had also been fully containerised with ships such as the unimaginatively named group, ACTs 1–7, of the Associated Container Transportation Company (ACT). ACT 7 was 43,878 tons and an impressive 248.6 metres long. She carried 2,002 containers, 993 of them refrigerated, a very high ratio by world standards. Her high running costs (about $46,000 a day) made longer working days a necessity. Here, Captain McPhail supervises her departure from Auckland’s floodlit Fergusson container terminal.

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Gavin McLean, 'Shipping - The container revolution', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 12 Jun 2006, updated 1 Jan 2016