Container Guide

A shipping container is a steel vessel, that can be used repeatedly in the safe, efficient movement of products within an intermodal freight transport system.

Shipping container sizes

There are a multitude of different sizes and options when it comes to container shipping, including specialist choices such as hanging garment containers, half height containers, bulk shift containers and tanks.

Whilst these all have their uses, they are very niche and best served by another article, so for now we will concentrate on GP (general purpose) container shipping, and the more common special equipment such as reefer containers, Open Top containers and Flat Rack containers. Shipping container dimensions can be found below.

History of shipping containers

The use of a shipping container in modern container shipping has been around for over 50 years. Pretty much from the first voyage, usage grew steadily, moving containers became accepted and in just five short decades container ships would carry well over 50% of the cargo shipped via ocean freight.

Whilst packing and moving things in boxes or containers was not particularly new, It wasn’t until Malcolm P. McLean and Keith Tantlinger developed the modern intermodal container, when having realised it would be much simpler and quicker to have one container that could be lifted from a vehicle directly on to a ship without first having to unload its contents. Containers could then be moved smoothly between trucks, trains & ships, making the whole logistics process a lot more efficient.

Shipping container dimensions table

TYPE

CAPACITY

INSIDE LENGTH

INSIDE WIDTH

INSIDE HEIGHT

DOOR WIDTH

DOOR HEIGHT

MAX LOAD WEIGHT

WEIGHT

20ft STANDARD

33 cu / m

5.895 m

2.350 m

2.392 m

2.340 m

2.292 m

28230 Kgs

2230 Kgs

40ft STANDARD

67 cu / m

12.029 m

2.350 m

2.392 m

2.340 m

2.292 m

26700 Kgs

3780 Kgs

40ft HIGH-CUBE

76 cu / m

12.024 m

2.350 m

2.697 m

2.340 m

2.597 m

26460 Kgs

4020 Kgs

20ft OPEN TOP

32 cu / m

5.888 m

2.345 m

2.315 m

2.286 m

2.184 m

30480 Kgs

2250 Kgs

40ft OPEN TOP

65 cu / m

12.029 m

2.342 m

2.326 m

2.342 m

2.274 m

26670 Kgs

3810 Kgs

20ft REFRIGERATED

26 cu / m

5.724 m

2.286 m

2.014 m

2.286 m

2.067 m

21450 Kgs

2550 Kgs

40ft REFRIGERATED

60 cu / m

11.840 m

2.286 m

2.120 m

2.286 m

2.195 m

26630 Kgs

3850 Kgs

20ft FLATRACK

Open

5.698 m

2.230 m

2.255 m

No Door

No Door

21500 Kgs

2500 Kgs

40ft FLATRACK

Open

11.832 m

2.228 m

1.982 m

No Door

No Door

40800 Kgs

4200 Kgs

20ft PLATFORM

Open

6.058 m

2.438 m

0.370 m

No Door

No Door

27960 Kgs

2520 Kgs

40ft PLATFORM

Open

12.192 m

2.245 m

0.648 m

No Door

No Door

39300 Kgs

5700 Kgs

20ft TANK

NA

6.058 m

2.438 m

2.438 m

No Door

No Door

26290 Kgs

4190 Kgs

Benefits of container shipping

There are numerous benefits to container shipping, one of the key ones being increased efficiency.

A large container ship could carry over 200,000 sea containers in a single year, and around 8000 on a single voyage. It would take hundreds of aircraft and fleets of trucks to get anywhere near moving the same amount of freight.

This is also why Ocean Container shipping is the most environmentally friendly method of transportation. Producing less exhaust gas emissions than rail freight, road freight or air freight.

Vetting agency RightShip has developed an online “GHG Emissions Rating” as a systemised way for the industry to compare a ship’s CO2 emissions to similar sized vessels. The use of higher rated ships can deliver significantly lower CO2 emissions across the voyage length.

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