Tantlinger, inventor of first viable shipping container, dies in Calif.

(ESCONDIDO, Calif.) — Keith Tantlinger, a former aircraft engineer who developed the first commercially viable shipping container, has died at age 92, the New York Times reported. Tantlinger received a call from trucking magnate Malcolm McLean after McLean had acquired a shipping line in the mid-1950s. Upon joining McLean’s company — later known as Sea-Land — Tantlinger developed shipping container corners that allowed them to be moved around with a crane and stacked, touching off a cargo revolution that transformed the industry and the global economy.
Click here to view the newspaper’s story.
By Professional Mariner Staff