#2840: ContainerConveyor

I’m discovering all sorts of stories to do with container ships shedding their loads in high seas.

I’m always amazed at the height to which these are stacked above deck.

Today’s invention is inspired by the Japanese buildings in which every floor can slide relative to its neighbours…to accommodate the shear forces of an earthquake without too much destruction.

Containers would be bolted to tracks or conveyor belts (red) mounted at different levels above the deck.

As a ship heels over, the tracks’ motors would automatically drive the containers sideways in order to ensure that the containers stay in stable layers above the deck.

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