- Associated Press - Friday, May 26, 2017

DETROIT (AP) - A new riverfront attraction and educational resource has been unveiled in Detroit.

The Detroit-Wayne County Port Authority opened the “Portal View” to the public on Monday. The attraction is a 20-foot-tall former shipping container with an interactive computer system that tracks vessels in real time on the Great Lakes.

The exhibit also includes a kiosk providing information about where some boats and ships originated, along with an anchor from the 1924 S.S. Greater Detroit that was pulled out of the Detroit River last year.

The unveiling of the exhibit, in front of the port authority’s building, was in recognition of National Maritime Day, MLive (https://bit.ly/2qrI5Uc ) reported.

Leslie Horn is the CEO of Three Squared, a company that holds about $75 million in contracts in unique shipping container-related projects.

“We upcycle materials so we’re not tearing down trees,” she said. “In order to build a house, it’s 22 trees.”

Horn said shipping containers are durable, meet safety codes and give room for creativity.

“Approximately 23,000 shipping containers arrive in the United States every day,” she said.

She said the container used for the attraction cost $3,500. The light systems and porthole trims in the Portal View were salvaged from boat yards.


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, https://www.mlive.com

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