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Mega Shippers

The men and women who keep the world’s shipping industry afloat are back for more. Join us as we embark on a second series of ‘Mega Shippers’, a returnable observational work-place series following the complex workings of some of the world’s biggest and most highly-skilled shippers. There are at least 20 million shipping containers crossing the world’s seas at any given time. 90% of world trade is transported by water and, as mega ships now dominate global waters, we’re talking mega money. The shipping industry in the UK contributes over £32 billion to the annual GDP and supports over 500,000 jobs. In this exclusive access-led series we go behind the scenes at some of the biggest ports in the UK and Europe to find out what it takes for the largest freight operators, ports and shippers to deliver goods 24/7. This is transport as you’ve never seen it before and it’s on a MEGA scale.

Genre: Documentary



Country: UK

Duration: 45 min

Quality: HD

Release: 2016

IMDb: 5.3

Season 2 - Mega Shippers
"In Glasgow, a royal navy patrol vessel must be transported from the shipyard to the water. In Southampton, 600 tons of supplies must be loaded for export to the Channel Islands."
"In Shoreham, 5000 tons of biomass are being shipped to power plants in Sweden. And in King's Lyn, the old power station receives a new gas turbine shipped in from Germany."
"In Oxford, 280 Minis must be loaded onto a train in just six hours. They're bound for Southampton to be loaded onto ferries for export to China, Japan and the USA."
"In Teeside, 75,000 tonnes of coal from the US must be unloaded in just three days. And, a new £15-million yacht must be lifted to a cargo ship bound for Greece."
"The pressure is on to export three offshore wind towers to safeguard a Scottish town’s economic future. And, a 130-tonne locomotive is winched onto a narrow trailer."
"A naval architect must move a £3 billion aircraft carrier from a dry dock. A heavy haulage expert faces a tight squeeze shifting 300 tonnes of steel cable under a low bridge."
"In Rotterdam, two huge cubes are moved off a cargo vessel to a small barge. In Ipswich, 50 trucks are lifted, and in Portsmouth Second World War army tanks are transported."
"Thousands of tonnes of fertiliser must be moved before rains threatens to destroy the cargo. A classic car dealer ships a load of vintage motors worth £2million. Documentary profiling the hidden army of workers responsible for keeping the world's cargo ships on the move 365 days a year."
Season 1 - Mega Shippers