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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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 Photo: Caitlin Ochs for The Wall Street Journal The warehouse is piled high with 70-kilo burlap bags of green coffee, fresh off container ships. WSJ, "It’s Likely Your Coffee Was Roasted at This New York Company," 17 Apr. 2018 In 2016, the Panama Canal was expanded to allow larger ships to pass through, enabling giant container ships from Asia to bring their goods to the North American East Coast. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "What Do You Do When Power Lines Are Too Low For a Ship to Pass Through?," 12 Apr. 2018 Only three were initially given out by Shanghai's Maritime Safety Administration to transfer fireworks onto container ships there, several fireworks and shipping executives said. Damian Paletta And Emily Rauhala,, "How one Chinese businessman became the largest fireworks supplier in the U.S.," 3 July 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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