THE BOX That Changed Asia and the World

March 2006
Forbes Asia;3/13/2006, Vol. 2 Issue 4, p30
The article focuses on the revolution in containers pushed by Sea-Land Service owner Malcolm McLean during the Vietnam war. The containerization began by McLean made shipping cost cheap. Despite the resistance of U.S. military officers to use container shipping, McLean persisted and won contracts to build a containerport at Cam Ranh Bay to deliver goods from California to Vietnam. The containerization has enabled the military officers to sustain well-fed and well-equipped force through the period of combat in Vietnam. It cites some social problems which stemmed from the utilization of containers.


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