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Explosives Transport (02:00)


One of the most potentially dangerous forms of destructive cargo is high explosives. TriState Motor Transit, Co. has specialized in carrying them since 1924. This load benefits from over 100 years of technology the shipping industry has developed.

Explosives Transport Containers (02:26)

The first step in transporting explosives is to specially customize the truck to accommodate the dangerous load. Early attempts to transport explosives often ended in tragedy. Albert Nobel made the world a little safer by creating dynamite.

Explosives Truck Drivers and Routes (03:08)

It wasn't until the Motor Carrier Act of 1935 that the U.S. trucking industry was held to higher standards and the transportation of explosives by truck became more professional. The route of an explosives truck is carefully plotted ahead of time.

Explosives Incinerator and Safety (02:04)

The truck's final destination is the EVB Explosives Environmental Company. Most shipments travel without incident, but in this age of terrorism shipping companies and device manufacturers strive to make the process even safer.

Explosives Technology Research (02:26)

Once a hijacked truck has been identified, it is still hard to stop. The California Highway Patrol and Livermore Labs are experimenting with various devices that will allow them to stop a truck before in can reach its destination.

Animal Welfare Act (02:03)

The transportation of wild animals has developed over years of research and experimentation. Methods used in the 19th century were primitive and cruel. The Fort Worth Zoo in Texas prepares to transport a rare Indochinese tiger.

Loading Wild Cargo (03:07)

A key to the process is sedating the tiger so he can be given a thorough physical exam before being transported. The tiger will be moved to a specially built crate. Consideration is given to food and water intake during the journey.

Species Survival Breeding Plan Program (03:25)

A tiger is picked up by a shipping company for his journey to the airport from the Fort Worth Zoo. All DHL employees have gone through safety briefings. The crate is loaded onto the aircraft for a four hour trip to Miami.

Transporting FDG (02:33)

Radio active pharmaceuticals are important tools in modern medicine. Some drugs have a potency life span measured only in hours. Aircraft carriers are used to rush the drugs to hospitals and pharmacies in distant cities.

Transportation Safety Act (02:13)

The radio pharmaceutical industry began in 1946 as a an offshoot of the Manhattan Project. Planes became the preferred method for shipping because of the drugs' short half lives. Regulations were sometimes violated resulting in leakage.

Transporting Time Critical Radio Pharmaceuticals (03:57)

After being tested for radiation leaks, the sturdy canisters are sent to the airport. AirNet has found its niche in the business through specialization in the field. The system is designed for efficiency and speed.

World War Transport (02:12)

The Merchant Marine is a fleet of ships that carries imports and exports during peace time and acts as a Naval auxiliary during wartime. Civilian crew members transported dangerous cargo and often faced battle.

Liberty and Victory Ships in World War II (03:44)

Realizing the war could be lost if supply lines between the U.S. and Europe were cut, the allies began to build special ships to deliver cargo. The carriers were protected with armed Navy guards, but ships were still vulnerable to attack.

Emergency Planning Law (02:12)

Hazmats are the nasty bi-products of the industrial age. During the 19th and 20th centuries hazardous materials were often dumped into rivers and waterways. It took a catastrophic disaster to spur safety legislation.

Poison and Toxin Storage Technology (03:59)

Stricter legislation drove many out of the hazmat business. Weber Distribution Co. specializes in transporting, warehousing and distributing hazmats. Many safeguards are built into the divided building in case of disaster.

Chemical Storage Precautions (02:04)

Security at the chemical storage facility is a top priority. Weber does significant background checks on all its employees. The tightest security on the grounds is in the area known as "the cage." These materials could be used to make illicit drugs.

Credits: Modern Marvels: More Dangerous Cargo (00:30)

Credits: Modern Marvels: More Dangerous Cargo

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Dangerous cargo comes in all shapes and sizes. Transportation of these potentially deadly loads is one of the most meticulously thought-out procedures in the world of shipping. Special trucks and containers are as vital for the movement of dynamite as they are for the storage of hazardous chemical materials. On the road, this type of cargo is monitored by satellite tracking with a multitude of safety precautions built into the journey. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. (45 minutes)

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL42865

Copyright date: ©2004

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