Intermodal... “”A pallet, sometimes inaccurately called a skid (a skid has no bottom deck boards), is a flat transport structure that supports goods in a stable fashion while being lifted by a forklift, pallet jack, front loader, work saver, or other jacking device, or a crane. A pallet is the structural foundation of a unit load which allows handling and storage efficiencies. Goods or shipping containers are often placed on a pallet secured with strapping, stretch wrap or shrink wrap and shipped. Since its invention in the twentieth century, its use has dramatically supplanted older forms of crating like the wooden box and the wooden barrel, as it works well with modern packaging like cardboard boxes and Intermodal containers commonly used for bulk shipping. Most pallets are wooden pallets.”,”....”Conservationists are seeking ship owners and ports to trial thermal imaging hardware that could reduce the number of whales dying from ship strikes.
According to the International Whaling Commission’s ship strike database more than 1,200 whales have died since 2009. However, the real number of deaths could be significantly greater; the relative size of ships means that the vast majority of impacts are likely go undetected. “The recorded numbers are just the tip of the iceberg,” said Martin Stanley, founder and principal research officer of whale conservation organisation Ocean Life Survey. “Usually the only person to notice anything is the chief engineer, who might spot fuel consumption rising if the whale gets dragged along by the hull,” Stanley is calling for ports, container and cruise lines to help trial thermal imaging technology which can detect whales from up to 5km away, enough distance to allow even large commercial vessels to avoid ship strikes. A thermal imaging kit developed by Ocean Life Survey and initially trialled with tourism operator Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari has been used to detect and avoid Bryde’s whales in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland...” #intermodal #leviathan #studiotime #observations #artlife #reallife #strikes #scars #grains #madeintheusa #madeincanada #jonesact #makeamericaindigenousagain