The liquid natural gas carrier, Gaslog Wales sailing from Dunkerque to Freeport, USA. Freeport is part of the infrastructure of shale gas production. I liked the presence in time and space of the moon, the sea, and limpets stuck to a concrete breakwater. But the endless pursuit of growth and profit and the immense wasteContinue reading “Ship, moon, navigation buoy, limpets”
Titania, vehicle carrier, Bremenhaven to Southampton. Visby, ro-ro/ passenger ship, Dunkerque to Rosslare. This is a new service connecting Ireland to France to avoid ‘Brexit delays’ in Britain. The sky turned grey and sleet fell. I went to the shops and then walked home.
The code on this container – XHCU – indicates that it was made by the CXIC company in Changzhou, China. CXIC Group is a ‘private owned enterprise group’. It was followed a minute later by this container lorry. TISU represents Transport Industrial Service which is based in St Petersburg, Russia. The distance between the twoContinue reading “China – Russia – England”
Snow, ice, sub-zero temperatures, sea state rough, wind northeast 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times. It’s reasonable to say that this was a bracing walk. If only the government hadn’t given Serco £22 billion pounds for a track and trace system that doesn’t work, there might be some money to pay to gritContinue reading “A Bracing Walk”
The container ship Argolikos en route to Le Havre from Antwerp. Sailing west past the port and town of Calais. There are continual competitive power struggles between units of capital. And yet at the same time there exists cooperation at a global level., Telecommunications masts on the French coast. The internationalization of communications. Wind turbinesContinue reading “Walking to Calais”
One of the largest container ships in the world, the Magleby Maersk, a Triple-E container ship. It has a crew of between 20 – 30. The navigation, control and maintenance of ships has changed from being labour intensive to capital intensive. In the process, ships have become bigger, faster and stronger than previously. It isContinue reading “Magleby Maersk”
The expansion of capital must be continuous and uninterrupted. Commodities – including labour power – must constantly exchange. The ships below are organized to arrive at their destinations at precise times. There are penalties for missing time slots in ports. The lorries are stuck in border checks and controls. These delays impact directly on theContinue reading “Discordia at the Border”
On the recommendation of a friend I’ve acquired Patrick Keiller’s book ‘London‘. It complements well the other two books I’m currently reading, Voltaire’s Letters on England and Reyner Banham’s Theory and Design in the First Machine Age. We learn that in ‘1735 the French authorities were so disturbed by Voltaire’s book ‘Letters on England’ (LettresContinue reading “Hamburg to Dakar”
…I do believe I’ve had enough (Bob Dylan, Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues) Al Kharj (Hapag Lloyd) -container ship – on its way from Hamburg to New York City. CSCL Mercury (COSCO) – container ship – to Hamburg from Piraeus. Trans Emerald – oil/ chemical tanker – Antwerp to Barcelona
The CMA GCM Zheng He. Container ship with capacity of 17859 TEU. Departed Antwerp 10 Jan 2021 and is expected to reach Southampton at 18.00 on 12 Jan 2021.