sea van

sea van

[′sē ‚van]
(industrial engineering)
Commercial or government-owned (or leased) shipping containers which are moved via ocean transportation; since wheels are not attached, they must be lifted on and off the ship.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"The fire was contained to a sea van on site and extinguished thanks to the Cocoa Fire Department, which responded within minutes."
Application of controlled atmosphere technology to sea van shipments of fresh produce is saving the Defense Department and U.S.
The DLA now can much more accurately anticipate and prepare for customer needs and make optimum use of sea van freight space.
Those savings are expected to rise dramatically (up to $8 million annually) as the CA sea van technology is applied to fresh produce shipments to Korea, Okinawa and other Pacific Rim destinations.
In September of that year, the DLA and the DSRPAC began to lay the groundwork for the Pacific Surface Initiative--a plan to test the effectiveness of shipping fresh produce in CA sea vans. Defense staffers formed an informal partnership with American President Lines, Oakland, Calif.
Order and shipping time for the MA sea vans from Oakland to Guam now is about 17 days.
Airlift shipments have been all but eliminated in favor of the CA sea vans. About 95% of the produce reaches its destination in good condition, compared with an average 70% for Guam's commercial industry.
The sea vans have successfully transported practically every kind of fruit and vegetable imaginable--including many which typically do not travel well.
The Guam experiment has demonstrated that in addition to extending fresh produce shelf life, the proper mix of CA gases can kill insects and quarantinable pests in sea vans during ocean transit.