New year, new chances, new opportunities. To all visitors / users of Prefixlist, I wish you all a very happy New Year. I hope all your dreams come true this year.
At the end of 2013 a massive amount of new prefixes was added, mainly Australian and Hong Kong based including a large number of Australian domestic containers with prefixes ending on different letters instead of U. I received some mail asking where the line is drawn on what is added and what is rejected for listing. Listed are all prefixes of 4 letters accompanied with at least 6 numbers (with or without the check digit). It is not obligatory for a prefix to end on a U (for Unit). Only those who operate intercontinental and follow the ISO 6346 Standard (and are registered by BIC) need to end on U. The ISO Standard is a regulation, not an international law and therefore not obligatory. In fact any letter combination is possible. As long as the prefix + number + check digit is correct, any terminal computer will accept the container.
Soon the annual clean-up will start. Every new year I check all unregistered prefixes in the list to see if the website still works, if sailing schedules are recent, if there's any clue that the containers are still operational. If not, the prefix will be deleted from the list. Company wil be presumed aquired, bankrupt, or at least to have ceased container operations. With this annual clean-up I hope to stay accurate in what's shipped around the world and prevent listing ancient prefixes (that's what the Jurrasic Page is for).
If you have new prefixes to add, or have anything else to complete the list, never hesitate to mail me.