Friday, October 31, 2008

Oct. 31 - BBC box is empty in Shanghai

Update Nov. 11
The BBC Box NYKU8210506 is still sitting empty in Shanghai. It's suppose to be taking a shipment of clothes to the U.S. Maybe the buyer cancelled the order.

Oct. 31

Reading this headline makes me want to say the box got Shanghaied, but I don't think anyone uses that term these days. However, looking it up in Wikipedia, I find that SpongeBob SquarePants had an episode entitled Shanghaid.

Actually, the BBC container was returned empty on Oct. 25. It had a pretty quick turn around, being picked up full at 06:55 and returned empty at 12:18 the same day.

The BBC site says the next cargo will be clothing, destined for the U.S. (actually, I think in the video he said "America", which I always find a bit strange.)

Here are the details from the NYK tracking site. If you ever want to check the location yourself, just go into the site, type in the prefix and container number (no spaces) and click on track.

NYKU8210506 Container Size/Type 40'/DRY

Status As Of Event Location Mode
OCT-25-2008 12:18 Empty container returned to carrier at destination Shanghai, CHN Truck

Moves to Date Event Location Mode
OCT-25-2008 06:55 Picked up for delivery at destination Shanghai, CHN Truck
OCT-22-2008 05:30 Vessel Arrival Shanghai, CHN COPENHAGEN EXPRESS/011
OCT-22-2008 05:00 Discharged from vessel at last port of discharge Shanghai, CHN COPENHAGEN EXPRESS/011

The BBC is always vague about when the container will depart. They had said early November.

Considering the cargo is clothing, it will probably go on a ship to either Los Angeles/Long Beach or New York/New Jersey. As the container belongs to NYK, it will go on an NYK ship, or one in their vessel sharing agreement. They have several sailings a week, so it will be a bit tough to guess which one.

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