Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


A not-so-quiet revolution has been sweeping the transportation industry with the advent of containerization, a practice wherein goods are loaded into a 20' by 40' x 8' box of metal, wood or fiberglass, sealed, and shipped as a unit or package via rail, truck, freighter, or even air. While the use of the container for point-to-point shipment is part of the larger aspect of intermodal transportation, or the process through which the container travels by way of the differing methods or modes of transportation, this paper will deal primarily in how the ocean shipping industry interacts legally with the other transportation forms in international shipping, as well as how the use of containers affect only the ocean industry. This paper will concentrate on legal problems encountered by the ocean community.