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This programme is part of a case study in containerization. Lyn Jones, lecturer in Systems, at The Open University, begins by stating the question he hopes to answer: what determines which ports ar...e allowed to build container berths? Jones visits the Royal Docks in London (non-containerized) and compares them with the container terminal at Tilbury. He interviews Noel Ordman, Assistant Director General of The Port of London Authority, who explains when and how they plan the changeover to Tilbury, and why Tilbury was their choice. He also interviews Kerry St. Johnston, Managing Director of Overseas Containers Ltd. about why they chose Tilbury for the Australian Trade but Southampton for the recent containerisation of the Far-East trade. The programme shows that, as building a container berth has become so expensive, power has in fact moved to the shipping companies, for they control where a berth will be built, because unless they contract themselves to using it first the investment will not be made.
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Module code and title: T241, Systems behaviour
Item code: T241; 01
First transmission date: 21-01-1973
Published: 1973
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Duration: 00:24:29
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Producer: Edward Goldwyn
Contributors: Kerry St Johnston; Lyn Jones; Noel Ordman
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Container ports; Docking industry; Ports, sea; Royal Docks, London; Tilbury Docks
Footage description: Lyn Jones introduces the programme, he explains what the unit will cover. Shots of a conventional cargo ship at sea. Shots of the Royal group of docks in London. Jones gives a brief outline of the nature of seaborne cargo traffic before containerisation. Several shots of cargo being slung and unslung by hand. Commentary by Jones gives a brief history of dock labour in Britain. Aerial shot of container port at Tilbury. Shots of container ships in dock. Jones gives details of the ships. Shots of containers being loaded and unloaded. Shots of straddle carriers loading containers on lorries at dock side. Jones gives details of straddle carriers. Shots of containers being stuffed at an inland depot. Shots of container being stuffed at the factory. Commentary deals with the growing Importance of the shipping Company and how this helped bring about containerisation. Shots of containers being loaded on board a container ship. Commentary deals with the data processing aspect of this operation. Shot of container ship at sea. Shot of Sidney Harbour(Australia). More shots of containers in transit on lorries. Jones, with the aid of a map of Britain, gives an outline of trade on the North American and Australian run before and after containerisation. Aerial shots of London, Particularly Tower Bridge. Noel Ordman, Asst. Director General of the Port of London Authority, tells how his Authority moved towards container traffic at Tilbury. Kerry St. Johnston, Joint Managing Director, Overseas Containers Ltd, tells why his company chose Tilbury as its container port. Shot of container ship at sea. Kerry St Johnston tells why OCL changed to Southampton as their port for Far East container trade. Lyn Jones with a map of the Thames estuary. He describes the plan of the Port of London Authority to build a completely new container port on Maplin Sands to attract the container trade of the future. Noel Ordman expresses his view on probability of success for the new Maplin port. Shots of the Maplin Sands accompany his commentary. Jones with a map of Britain and North-West Europe. He sums up the qualities of a first class container port with the aid of this map. The industrial areas of Britain are marked. Jones explains how decisions to build a container port in Britain are taken. Kerry St Johnston continues the explanation. Jones continues his discussion. He also examines some of the repercussions of containerisation for the traditional ports of Britain.
Master spool number: 6HT/70831
Production number: 00525_5014
Videofinder number: 809
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