• The arrival of the first super trawlers

    The first super trawlers were designed to freeze and stow the whole of their catches at sub-zero temperatures, thus enabling vessels to stay out at sea for longer and maximise their yield. Investment in ships like that meant improved onboard living and working conditions for the crew who could be at sea for up to six weeks.

  • The 1960s brought important technological developments that would transform the shipping industry.

  • 23 April 1966

    A container ship made its first international voyage

    Ten years after the first converted container ship sailed, Sea-Land’s Fairland sailed from Port Elizabeth in the USA to Rotterdam in the Netherlands with 236 containers. This was the first international voyage of a container ship.

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    Container shipping began to prove its worth at an international level. From this point on the industry began to grow to the point where it would quickly become the backbone of global trade, even though few at the time would have made such bold predictions.

  • Containerisation provided a massive boost for international trade, but has serious consequences for port workers.

  • 05 July 1967

    The Fund celebrated its 50th anniversary

  • A new industry had emerged and with it the need for new skills as investment turned to related vessels, containers, terminals, offices and IT.

  • 31 December 1967

    £264,227 given in grants by the Fund

    By the end of 1967, a total of £264,227 has been given in grants by the Fund to individual nautical institutions.

  • By 1969, the largest container ship built in Europe could carry 2,000 20-foot containers.