I e-mailed the BBC a few weeks ago reading this project, and they advised the GPS tracking device was not working and was returned for repairs. This was their response on April 13, 2009.
Thanks for your e-mail. We apologise but we have had some gremlins with the project. We had to return the GPS tracking device to the UK for repairs and several of the key people on the project were unavoidably distracted by other major stories in the business and economics world which meant we couldn't give the project as much attention as we had hoped for a couple of months.
The tracking is now working again and the we hope to report when the Box arrives in Japan and during the final stages of the journey until we close the project in the UK this summer. There is also a new piece by Adam Mynott about the state of the global shipping trade on the site at the moment.
Thank you for your interest in the project,
The Box Team
I guess this is now the 2nd time the GPS system quit working, so The BBC might just throw up their hands by now.
I will keep tracking this container on the NYK web-site which can give the locations of actual land movement (on/off ships, inland movements). It's the way carriers keep track of their containers. If it's onboard a ship, they know it's not going to get lost.
It's called inventory control, ya' know.