container ship

\kən-ˈtā-nər-ˌship \
variants: or less commonly containership

Definition of container ship 

: a ship specially designed or equipped for carrying containerized cargo

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The Greek shipping companies, along with other private owners, make money by chartering vessels, including tankers, bulk carriers and container ships. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Maritime Regulator Faces Growing Calls for a Gradual Rollout of Clean-Fuel Rules," 22 Oct. 2018 Dozens of migrants have barricaded themselves in a container ship in the Libyan port city of Misrata for the past five days after being picked up at sea, and refuse to disembark, saying Libya is too dangerous for them. Lori Hinnant, The Seattle Times, "Dozens of migrants refuse to leave container ship in Libya," 14 Nov. 2018 Sixty-two additional barrels were sent out on a container ship that stopped in 40 ports around the world, visiting five different continents and crossing the equator four times. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How Jefferson's Ocean Bourbon Was Aged at Sea," 4 Apr. 2014 Instead, the cars generally are packed into containers and loaded onto container ships like other cargo. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Ports See Growth in Exports of Partly-Assembled Cars," 30 May 2018 Much of Alaska's food comes up by container ship over the water. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "How one cargo ship delay sends ripples through Alaska’s food supply chain," 11 Feb. 2018 Lack of funding has reduced the accuracy of weather forecasts, the degree of Coast Guard preparedness and the extent to which container ships are inspected. New York Times, "17 Refreshing Books to Read This Summer," 17 May 2018 That means the vessels can't pass container ships docked at berths when they are being loaded, which creates delays, Jackson said. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Despite recent dredge, PortMiami still can't fit some large ships. New project in the works," 8 July 2018 Current batteries, for example, can’t begin to power a container ship hauling cargo from Hong Kong to Oakland. David R. Baker,, "Fuel-cell ferry coming to San Francisco Bay," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of container ship

1966, in the meaning defined above

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