Lost at sea: Ecological assessment around a sunken shipping container


The vast majority of the deep seafloor is
unseen, and completely remote from human experience. But it is not immune to the impacts of human
activities. Around the world, coastal and international
cargo ships make hundreds of thousands of trips annually. Each ship may transport thousands
of standard shipping containers, resulting in hundreds of millions of container trips
per year. These numbers are only growing with increased global population. Most of this cargo arrives at its destination
safely as scheduled. However, the routes traveled by cargo ships can be treacherous, and container
loss is difficult to prevent. ItÕs estimated that thousands of containers
are lost each year as they are transported along international shipping routes. While
this is a small percentage of the containers being transported, the impact on the health
of our ocean is uncertain. During a remotely operated vehicle dive in
June 2004, MBARI scientists came upon one of these lost containers. The tracking information printed on the container
was used to determine that it was lost just four months prior, from the cargo vessel Med
Taipei. Because the container was found within the boundaries of Monterey Bay National Marine
Sanctuary, there was particular interest in determining the circumstances of its loss.
The Med Taipei, sailing from the Port of Oakland, reported that fifteen containers were lost
within the sanctuary boundaries during a strong winter storm, and another nine were lost before
reaching port in Long Beach. Coming across a shipping container in the
deep sea is akin to finding a needle in a haystack. A partnership between MBARI and
the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has taken advantage of this unique opportunity
to learn more about the presumed effects of a single container on deep-sea ecosystems.
Scientists returned to the site seven years later to investigate the communities of animals
on and around the container. The seafloor near the found shipping container
is dominated by relatively long-lived soft coralsÑsea pens, sea whips, and anemonesÑand
a sea cucumber, called the sea pig. However, the container was found to be well
colonized by animals typically found on rock outcrops in the region, as if it were an island
of hard substrate in a sea of soft sediment. The most abundant animals on the container
were tube-building worms. Numerous young scallops were also present. The container seemed to
provide a useful hard surface for a marine snail to lay its egg cases on. While all of these animals are found on hard
surfaces in nearby areas, the abundance and diversity of animal species on the containerÑand
the seafloor up to 10 meters awayÑwas lower than that typically encountered in the area. This reduced biodiversity may be due in part
to the absence of some animals found in rocky habitats in the region- including long-lived
sponges, corals, and feather stars- none of which were observed during our survey of the
container. The absence of sponges and corals suggests
that either, seven years is a relatively short timeframe for colonization by some deep-sea
animals, or, the potential toxicity of the containerÕs zinc-based paint could deter
more sensitive animals from settling on its surface. We are just beginning to look into
the potential toxicity associated with this container. The lower number of animals close to the container
may be related to several processes, including changes in near-bottom currents around the
container, its role as a refuge for some species, and changes in the influence of predators
and scavengers near the container. The presence of lost shipping containers on
deep seafloor ecosystems is a consequence of human activities that is rarely seen or
even considered. This study sheds light on the importance of basic research to understand
the structure and function of deep-sea habitats. Long-term views of natural deep-sea ecosystems
can help us better understand the impacts of human influence on the deep seafloor.

100 Comments

  • Here's the info on that container:  https://medium.com/@archeocean/tghu7712262-5568a0e5ae6chttp://www.shippingline.org/track/?type=container&container=tghu7712262&line=textainer&track=Track+container

  • Why didint you fucking idiots OPEN IT

  • Not all of the containers sink. Many are navigational hazards particularly to smaller ships. They should require the cargo shippers to invest in the recovery of lost containers starting with the ones that have not sunk.

  • Excellent footage !

  • The diversity is lower around the container because it's leaking fentanyl.

  • Yay!! Save the ocean!! Throw Wal Mart in the water.

  • If a container was lost in shallow enough water I’d definitely take some bolt cutters on a dive trip lol

  • It's remarkable how well the container is holding up after 7 years underwater.

  • Kind of like to see one of these, wash up on a shore near me!
    Could be a nice surprise inside, plus the container for storage!

  • .

  • there are humañ bodies in containers on the sea floor

  • Maybe my lightly used 15" double sided dildo from Amazon is in there.

  • deep sea tax dollar funded maritime documentaries require sponge bob theme music according to strict california legislation.

  • Wh.. What about the inside…

  • Why not make all the containers magnetic?

  • Anybody ever crack one of these things open to make sure that it wasn't full of dead bodies still waiting to hear about what happened to those FEMA barges

  • More environmentally damaging is the container ship pumping out thousands of tons of bunker fuel exhaust. It's a fact that a single mega container ship puts out as much emissions as 50,000,000 cars. A few containers lost on the sea floor is trivial.

  • Why not remove it if you know where it is?🤔

  • This is where Harbor Freight gets its inventory

  • So that's where my knock off chinese supreme shirt went, I've been waiting for 4 months for that!

  • Full fathom five thy container lies;
    Of its bones are coral made.

  • What I love about life is that NOTHING is a "waste".

    Yes it's shitty that we are polluting the Earth, but in some ways it can be a good thing. In this case the container has provided shelter for these creatures.

    When the container eventually does break dow the tires inside will also provide shelter.

    Ones man trash is another creatures shelter.

    That being said don't use this as an excuse… Many animals also die because of trash…

    I just find it interesting how nature and life has unique ways of making use of everything.

  • Crabs looking at shipping container:

    Let me in

    LET ME INNNNNNN!!!

  • I heard that a shipping container lost a load of deloreans bound for USA in the early 80’s whether that true or not

  • Container tracking number state the container had 1,159 steel belted tires inside of it

  • This reminds me the movie "The Medallion" 😀

  • If you think this is bad there is also nine sunken nuclear submarines around the world

  • Tires, not much of a problem considering quite a lot off vessels worldwide use old tires as bumpers when docking or anchoring close to other vessels.

  • I just wanted to know what was inside of the container, just out of curiosity" lol!!

  • See on these videos I'm not sure whether to thumbs up it or thumbs down it.

  • Oh good! A new crisis for people to fret about and then send money to the ENGOs to help alleviate their fears.

  • Every businessman's nightmare

  • So that's where my skyline gtr went to..

  • ERR…What's inside the container!!?? That could also influence the immediate environment FFS !!

  • Had a buddy work for the railroad rip. I asked what was the coolest thing he found while working there. He said there was a break in on a railcar he discovers a box of nikes I said cool he said yeah but they were all left footed shoes…lol

  • Steel belted tires inside.

  • Open that container!!

  • So spooky

  • Oh you also found out its good for the environment. Best is, you talk all around it, not even mentioning that 20 meters outside the container, there is NO life on the sea floor. Fact that the container is there, has given life a spawning ground. How about now in 2019??? can you go back & investigate ? Or are you too busy trying to sell the same blatantly BS agenda as other "environmentalists" ? One day you will see that our impact as humans is really not as negative as folks who want to sell the $0.10 light bulb to you for $5, want you to believe. THERE IS NO!!!!! CARBON PROBLEMS!!!! The moment out atmospheric carbon goes up by another 500 %, plants will love us for it & guess what, the temperature won't rise enough to melt ANYTHING!!!. You will see plants grow much bigger leaves & produce much larger crops….THAT YEAR!!!…. not 5 years later. We as humans and all other animals will still breath & not notice it even if it rises by 2000 %. So guess what hippies…Because you're idiots, money hungry zionists have fooled you into their idiotic cause….WELL DONE!!!! you can all msg. me & I'll print your fucking idiot certificates out for you. You've graduated.

  • This is actually how Mr. Krabs found the Krusty Krab😁😁

  • Maybe that’s why my eBay Apple Watch series 3 never showed up and never got my money back

  • What a fucked up world we have nowadays.
    All I see is an ecological catastrophe sitting on the sea floor that's gone out of control. China, the biggest industrial mass and their population explosion is destroying this planet at a rate of one year destruction every 5 years. Shame we've come to this mentality of destroying the planet yet we haven't found another one.

  • I dont understand the apparent disregard for immediate removal of the container (potential toxic contents) in favour of some ridiculous scientific research regarding paint on the surface. You can always submerge a similar piece of metal and do research on that. The important thing is to remove this container from the water.

  • Yeah, like I'm going to believe anything a Californicado says…

  • I think that the shipping companies claim to the lost cargo expires very quickly. It's fair game for anybody to salvage. Have at it!

  • Maybe that’s why my mail order wife never showed up.

  • The earth is flat NASA equals deception jesus christ is coming soon.

  • #Uncharted4 😍

  • Don't we have enough evidence of what happens to metal objects when they lay on the sea floor? I mean after all, ships have been sinking and decaying for years before we started using shipping containers to transport goods. I think a much better use of your resources would be to figure out what impact the CONTENTS of those containers is having on the ecology, because it can't be good.

  • Nothing about contents?
    How about plans to raise it?
    ?? To be continued

  • So what they going to do with it then leave the container they're open it up and take what's out of it right there

  • I guess some of my products are there
    That i ordered from china n it never came XD
    rip

  • This assessment is completely worthless unless we know what's inside. Hazardous material? Electrical components? Fertilizers? Petroleum products? Empty? Painted with lead paint?

  • So we all gonna ignore the the whole damn thing is sitting on it corner and in balance? 👀

  • Am I hallucinating or is that a face on the sea floor at the 10 sec mark.

  • Your supposed to be getting what’s in container out dumb ass someone car is in that container

  • I ask if the owner of the cargo should clean it but if some one stills it it does care but because is in the deep ocean doesn't matter …..

  • I was reading about shipping containers over the weekend and found this video. Estimated 1390 containers are lost at sea each year.

  • 🤪😫 I hope theres no illegal people they put inside of those containers….😭😫😩😱

  • Fucking hell imagine being a refugee hiding out in one of the containers next thing you know you’re at the bottom of the ocean

  • Honestly, Unless there was something hazardous/toxic inside that could potentially leak out, I really dont see this being any worse for the sea than sunken vehicles (Planes, ships, ETC) considering most of them contained at least some remnants of fuel, and most often are also panted. I imagine in time, the steel or what ever the container is made of will either "rot" away and settle on the ocean floor or stay there and become some sort of artificial habitat for the critters, like they seem to be doing already.

  • So don't try to hitch a ride as a stowaway in a shipping container

  • Че в внутри то???

  • Puro contaminart el mar con lis contenedores

  • There's millions of dollars in merchandise an cargo laying on the sea floor…

  • & then we go & torpedo several old ships & sink them to the bottom. & lets up open the containers & see whats in them.?

  • What was in it?????????????

  • What an insipid presentation showing nothing just to gain attention. Ships Sink IDIOTS. Not all, but what is your point? Dumb drama queen presentation.

  • Can Some one share Link about its research article

  • mafia kryminalisci i bandyci to jest ten wasz caly pojebany kapitalizm

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  • If it was found why was it not recovered.

  • Very interesting! Related to this I highly recommend reading 'Into The Raging Sea', the true story of the ill-fated cargo ship the El Faro that headed straight into Hurricane Joaquin off San Salvador Island in the Bahamas and sank to 15,000 feet with 100's of shipping containers and automobiles aboard. All 33 crewmembers aboard perished. The book is based on black box recordings of all bridge conversations until the final moments. Additionally the author diligently adds context by delving into owners of the vessel and industry politics surrounding maritime shipping. I think measures can be taken through technology to ensure that some containers can be retrieved quickly, or at least send automatic GPS location so that we can track and evaluate the potential threat to the seafloor ecosystem based on the container contents. But check out the book!!!

  • TGHU ….msc or cosco

  • Ohh fools bring up this container inside diamond there ….as hole saving deep sea creatures wasting diamond

  • Bad way 2 go seeing ta dead fish

  • Cool

  • Go to YouTube channel What's Inside

  • I just wanted to know what's inside, and want those King Crabs too😂

  • I wonder what they look like now in 2019?

  • Whats inside it?

  • I heard that they dumped people in them containers and then they dump them in the ocean why don't you open it and see what's inside of it if it probably has dead people in it off of them Dena barges their dead

  • People they don't have respect at all for this, our planet that we always call home Become a dumping ground.

  • We need steel cables to recover the lost containers! Ships capable to pluck them outta the water.

  • chissà che cosa contiene……..

  • Wow

  • Чё в кантаре?

  • Oh man you be sicknd if it was a Japanese import car oh man😢😢

  • What about what's inside you morons. I'm pretty sure the 10 tones of heavy metals might be of more concern. 😖👎

  • Five years from now you will be hearing calls to ban Shipping containers….

  • I wonder how much the fine for pollution was? Yea, right.

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  • DAVY JONES LOCKER DISCOVERED. 😉

  • Waste of time for not showing what's inside

  • Idc. I want to know whats inside

  • I'm I the only one who wanna know whats inside ?

  • Why can't they be brought to the surface by a magnetic crane with cameras to guide securement to the container then placed on a cargo ship for reclamation or salvage ?

  • Think there are better things to put research money into to tell the truth…

  • Seems like shipping companies should be required to reclaim them from the sea. A remote unit can attach a cable or two and they can be hoisted to the surface and placed on a boat.

  • Question is well that salvage that and scrap it or leave it there ? I wonder

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