Ok Question even though Fed Ex doesn't ship rail how come I saw one on a BNSF Z Train one after that was the only FedEx Trailer on the train that day and the only I've seen on the rails. I once saw an APL Container on a BNSF Stacker why was that?
As I said, things don't always go as planned. Any number of things could have happened to end up with an APL on the BNSF. The interesting part is when it gets to the destination. Will that railyard put it on a chassis? Do you have to bring in a chassis from another terminal?
How many get dumped off the ship and end up at the bottom of the ocean before making it to the port?
From a June 19, 2001 article:
As you read this, more than 50,000 Nike tennis shoes are circling the globe like a convoy of tiny striped canoes.but this flotilla of footwear is hardly alone at sea. It's been joined by thousands of Tommy Pickles cartoon heads, plastic turtles, rubber ducks, 3 million Lego pieces and, at last report, 34,000 hockey gloves.
This month, Nike Cross Trainers are expected to wash up on Everett's beaches in Washington State, after falling into the Pacific Ocean in December 1999. This weekend will be a good time to comb local beaches, as low tides of more than minus three feet (one meter) are predicted.
But be patient—some items won't wash ashore for another ten years. Each year, manufacturers around the world ship more than 100 million containers—each the size of a semi-truck—on container ships, which carry on average 4,500 containers.
But not all of them will reach port.
Every year, more than 10,000 containers fall overboard and spill their cargo into the ocean. Storms are often to blame.