In this place everything is enormous. The field of colorful metal containers are like the building blocks for some great industrial pyramid. City sized ships cruise slowly to a stop while skyscraper cranes delicately lift the two ton cargo, placing it neatly and gently in a stack far away from the water. This is just one brief moment in the overwhelming and yet simple ballet of commerce. A container port is a facility where cargo containers are transshipped between different transport vehicles, for onward transportation. The transshipment may be between container ships and land vehicles, for example trains or trucks, in which case the terminal is described as a maritime container terminal. Alternatively the transshipment may be between land vehicles, typically between train and truck, in which case the terminal is described as an inland container terminal. Maritime container terminals tend to be part of a larger port, and the biggest maritime container terminals can be found situated around major harbors. Both maritime and inland container terminals usually provide storage facilities for both loaded and empty containers. Loaded containers are stored for relatively short periods, whilst waiting for onward transportation, while unloaded containers may be stored for longer periods awaiting their next use. Containers are normally stacked for storage, and the resulting stores are known as container stacks. This sound uses the following file from Freesound: http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=122177
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