In our last post we talked about standard shipping container dimensions, in this post we will be talking about non-standard container sizes and container types.
Shipping containers are becoming increasingly popular for a whole range of projects and the moving of goods around the UK and the world. The wide range of uses for shipping containers means that over the years different sizes and types of containers have been manufactured to meet this demand.
When extra height is required for over height loads there are Hi-Cube shipping containers. These Hi-Cube containers are manufactured to be 9ft 6in tall. This is a foot taller than the standard shipping container height. Hi-cube containers are built in 10ft, 20ft and 40ft shipping container sizes. When the extra length is required above the 40ft shipping container size, there are 45ft shipping containers built. These 45ft containers offer an extra 5ft in length on the standard 40ft shipping container length. Where extra width is required there are pallet-wide containers manufactured. These pallet-wide containers are built to be wider than the standard shipping container so that two pallets can be loaded width ways across the container. This allows the maximum volume of palletized cargo to be loaded into a container. In most instances, pallet wide containers are combined with the 45ft length of a shipping container.
Other logistics requirements demand different shipping container types outside the standard container types. For cargo that needs to be top loaded, there are open top containers. These containers are built with the roof removed and replaced with a heavy-duty tarpaulin and crossbows to hold it rigid. There is also hard top open top shipping containers built where the roof is replaced with a metal roof that is capable of folding back. Where cargo needs to be loaded from both ends of the container you have double door shipping containers or tunnel containers. These shipping containers are built with double container doors at both ends. This makes loading the container possible from both ends rather than the one end on a standard shipping container.
For cargo that needs to be loaded width ways or loaded into the shipping container from the side, there are side access containers or side loading containers. These side access containers are built with either one set of shipping container doors in the side or the whole side of the container is built to open completely. Often when using shipping containers to move cargo around the UK or globally the cargo can be driven up to or onto the container. This is particularly evident when shipping plant machinery such as diggers and tippers. When this type of cargo is being shipped the containers to use are flat rack shipping containers. These flat rack containers don’t look like containers at all. They have their sides and roof removed, and all that remains is the base an two ends. These two ends are collapsible to allow the plant machinery to be driven up onto the base of the flat rack container. Flat rack containers are built in 20ft and 40ft container lengths. Where cargo that is temperature sensitive is shipped, there are insulated shipping containers. These containers are constructed with a layer of insulation between the outer wall and inner skin. These insulated shipping containers protect the cargo from any harsh temperature conditions they may encounter.
So whatever type or size of cargo that needs to be transported there is a shipping container available to do the job.