In the mid-1960s, shipping companies transported the first containers between the United States and Europe. At the end of that decade, around 1,000 20-foot containers fitted on a container ship. Today's mega ships have a cargo capacity of around 24 000 containers!
Container ships sail on fixed line connections between major seaports on different continents. These ships also call at Antwerp and Bruges. Smaller cargo ships sail on the connection between these two major seaports and regional ports. These container feeders fit up to 3,000 containers.