Cars, food, lego pieces – shipping containers have been known to carry all kinds of items. But a product unique to shipping was found this time last year: a drunken man.
Jiang Wu was supposed to be staying in a B&B in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao. In his drunken stupor he’d somehow mistaken a shipping container at a dockyard for his room, wandered in and fell asleep. The next morning he woke up and panicked. He found himself in a pitch black sealed shipping container, hung-over and trapped. His one saving grace was that he at least had his mobile phone. He called his friends, the police, anyone who could find. Unfortunately for him, it was not that easy:
“His problem was … that he couldn’t tell us which container he was in, and there were thousands of them stacked on top of each other,” Qingdao Police Spokesman.
Police arrived and asked Mr Wu to bang on the walls of his container. With only an hour to go until his container was due to sail, he was found 60 feet high.
“He’s very lucky. If he’d been asleep for another hour the next stop would have been America,” said a dock worker.
He was fortunate. There are currently over 17 million shipping containers in the world, and five or six million of them are currently shipping around the world on vessels, trucks, and trains. In total, they make around 200 million trips a year.
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Siobhan R.// SMC Editor