Most of us don't have much idea about where the products we buy come from.
The truth is that 90% of everything we buy comes from somewhere else. And almost all of that comes in containers, aboard massive container ships like this from the Far East, and aboard her smaller sisters from other places. Huge volumes of manufactured goods, from computers to clothes, from phones to furniture, from footware to electrical goods, come from China, Korea and Taiwan.
Container trades from south of the equator bring us huge volumes of food and drink - tank containers full of wine or fruit juices, reefer (refrigerator) containers loaded with fruit and vegetables in special atmospheres, at specific temperatures - there's even a special setting for bananas
If the ships stopped coming for a week, we'd stop eating and drinking - we don't grow or raise anywhere near enough in Europe.
As well as making the Old Geezer's Diary for OAPSchat, I make films about ships and shipping, and the global shipping industry. This film was made from aboard the Port of London Authority's patrol boat Kew, which I was invited aboard with a specialist photographer.
The ship which stars in the film, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, will unload about 2,500 containers in the UK, and the rest of her incoming load will be delivered at other ports in Northern Europe. At the same time, she'll collect empty containers and some exports for the journey back to the Far East.
Discover more about the world of shipping at www.shippingtv.co.uk