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Types of Shipping containers

Types of Shipping containers

General Purpose Shipping Containers

A “dry container” is another name for a general-purpose container. With a hard roof, side walls, and floor, these shipping containers are totally enclosed, weatherproof, and shielded from the elements. The most popular sort of container is a dry container, which is used to load most types of typical freight. In addition, adaptions such as liner bags or flexi-tanks can be added to general-purpose containers to transport specific types of liquid or dry bulk goods.

Open Top Shipping Containers

A convertible roof on an open-top shipping container can be totally removed. This is appropriate for cargo that is over-height and cannot be easily loaded through the door, such as tall machinery or other large or bulky completed goods that require the use of a crane or rolling bridge for handling and loading. Open-top containers come in 20′ and 40′ sizes, with lashing rings fitted on the upper and lower side rails and corner posts to secure freight.

High Cube Shipping Containers

The structure of high cube shipping containers is identical to that of regular purpose containers, although they are about one foot taller. These containers are available in 40′ and 45′ lengths and are utilized when a little larger volume capacity is required. The front end of most high cube containers features a slot in the floor to center the container on so-called gooseneck chassis, which allows it to lie lower and be taller.

Side Open Shipping Containers

The sole difference between side open containers and ordinary, general-purpose shipping containers is that the doors can also open completely on the side. This feature allows for much more space and access, making loading and unloading things much easier. Open-side shipping containers are available in 20′ and 40′ lengths, and they provide enough area for extra-large things that won’t fit through normal doors.

ISO Reefer Shipping Containers

Temperature-sensitive perishable cargo such as meats, fruits, and vegetables are shipped in ISO shipping containers. The temperature is controlled by external power in this container type. Reefers are often built of a weathering steel known as “Cor-ten” steel and are available in 20′ and 40′ lengths.

Insulated Shipping Containers

An insulated or thermal container, such an ISO Reefer container, includes a temperature management system that allows it to endure greater temperatures. To cool or heat the air inside the container, they have an electrical compliance (mechanical compressor). A vacuum flask, similar to a “thermos” bottle, is used to make insulated containers. As a result, they’re ideal for transporting things like food, drugs, organs, blood, biological materials, and chemicals over great distances.

Half-height Shipping Containers

Half-height shipping containers are designed to handle large and dense bulk materials. These are ideal for moving coal and stones, making them ideal for usage in the mining industry. Half-height containers feature a lower center of gravity than full-height containers, allowing them to hold higher loads while being versatile and sturdy enough to survive the harsh industrial environment. Loading and unloading half-height containers is similarly simple.

Swap Body Shipping Containers

Swap bodies are road and rail containers that can be swapped out. In Europe, they are widely utilized. Swap bodies have a detachable top that allows them to transport a variety of items. Swap bodies are limited to land-based mobility since they lack top corner fittings and are not stackable.

Flat Rack Shipping Containers

The sides of this simple storage container may be folded to create a flat rack. Because the end walls are solid enough to secure cargo, they are suitable for transporting enormous items like heavy gear, cars on tracks, large reels, and construction materials. Some 40′ flat rack shipping containers can transport up to 45 metric tons of cargo!

Double Door Shipping Containers

This shipping container is sometimes known as a “tunnel container” since it has doors on both ends. Double-door containers are ideal for quickly loading and unloading goods, and they provide even more space for items like steel and iron. Both sets of doors use the same locking mechanisms and weather-tight seals to protect cargo from the elements.

Tank Shipping Containers

For the transportation and long-term protection of liquid materials, tank containers, or tankers, are composed of robust steel or other anti-corrosive materials. To avoid harmful surging of liquids in transit, a tank container must be at least 80% filled but not more than 95% full, otherwise there will be insufficient room for thermal expansion.

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