The Box

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We are keeping our fingers crossed the Box does not fall overboard (it happens) and that it gives us a better understanding of what ties countries and continents together.

You can join in with our project by sending us your pictures - the Box on its travels, other containers in interesting or unusual situations, or just good shots of containers in use. We will show off the best on this website.



interesting. i wonder what the chances of it being stolen by pirates is?


hmm. counter mission? competition to see who can tag it with blue discs? or radioactive tracers? nah... bad idea Wink
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Originally posted by Mr.Push:
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You can join in with our project by sending us your pictures - the Box on its travels, other containers in interesting or unusual situations, or just good shots of containers in use. We will show off the best on this website.


interesting. i wonder what the chances of it being stolen by pirates is?


I wonder how many people will be accused by security types and/or police of being potential terrorists because they tried to take a picture of a shipping container. :-/
Guess the 'branding' of the container won't make its' journey different from a standard one's. Of course nobody on their right mind would use it now for some shady side-trip to a questionable destination... talk about the observer affecting the experiment. A better approach might have been to tag it surreptitiously?
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Originally posted by fuldog:
Guess the 'branding' of the container won't make its' journey different from a standard one's. Of course nobody on their right mind would use it now for some shady side-trip to a questionable destination... talk about the observer affecting the experiment. A better approach might have been to tag it surreptitiously?


Given how unloved the British Broadcasting Corporation / Ministry of Truth is in some quarters, there may be a different "observer effect" e.g. deliberate hijacking of the container to hold it for ransom, or to lure the following camera crews and journalists into a trap.


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powering the GPS transmitter and linking that to this website has been challenging


then that equipment might be worth more than the container itself, and someone might consider it worth stealing.

If the shipping line and the port authorities give the container extra scrutiny (especially as they are being interviewed for a global tv news organisation), then could smugglers use it as a decoy, to help a different container pass through customs unexamined ?

Could they use the fame / notoriety of The Box (once the project gets some publicity), to actually smuggle contraband, gambling that it will not be subjected to the normal checks or at least not to any any extra ones, precisely because of the BBC's involvement and web scrutiny ?
The Box has arrived in Santos in Brazil with a cargo of household goods from the United States.

and from the last story posted about it in december:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7764246.stm
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The port of Los Angeles is the nexus between Asian mass production and American mass consumption, the strange relationship that had fuelled the unprecedented boom of recent years which now seems but a fading memory.

So it is also here that you can take the weakening pulse of the decline in global commerce.
The Box container has now returned home to Southampton, UK.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_.../the_box/default.stm

Apart from the reflection on the downturn in world trade as a result of the recession crisis, the failures of the shipping container tracking technology were quite interesting, and relevant to the plot of Spook Country

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8314116.stm

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The GPS satellite tracking on the container has been intermittent and for periods of the year, we have had to manually track the position of the Box, though not nearly as frequently as we would have liked.

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