When company buys shipping containers, there look for various factors like Size, condition, thermal lining, refrigeration etc.
All play an important part in determining the cost of shipping containers. Before buying, you need to know that there are a variety of sizes and types of shipping containers available in the market.
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Malcom McLean developed the metal shipping container in 1956, which revolutionized the transport of goods worldwide.
There are various container sizes, but the most common are 20’ and 40’
- A 20 footer’s dimensions are 20’ x 8’, which equals 160 square feet
- A 40 footer’s dimensions are 40’ x 8’, which equals 320 square feet
The shipping containers are manufactured according to ISO 9000 standards and their characteristics will depend on the type of content that must be transported in them.
Here we detail the characteristics of the most common:
Dry Van: They are the most used in maritime transport and can be used to transfer almost any type of cargo. They are hermetic and without ventilation. There are three variations depending on the dimensions: Dry Van 20 ‘(20’x8’x8’6’), Dry Van 40 ‘(40’x8’x8’6’) and Dry Van High Cube (40’x8’x9’6) ‘).
Reefer: Refrigerated containers are used to transport goods at low temperatures. They contain a refrigeration unit that maintains the internal temperature between 25 ° C and -25 ° C. They are available with measures of 20 ‘, 40’ and 40 ‘High Cube.
Open Top: These containers do not have solid roofs, but a waterproof canvas that facilitates the loading and unloading of very heavy or extra dimensions. It has mooring rings that ensure the load and prevent movement during the transfer. There are variations of 20 ‘and 40’ feet.
Flat Rack: They are the most used together with Dry Van containers. They are used to transport large loads such as pipes and machinery. They exist with folding and fixed sides, of 20 ‘or 40’ feet.
Platform: They are containers that lack walls and roof. They are used for the shipment of large volume or extra heavy goods. Available in measures of 20 ‘and 40’ feet. They can be linked together to create a larger surface.
Tank type: This type of unit has various applications. It is designed to transport chemical, liquid or gaseous products, oils and wines. Most of these types of containers are built on a base of 20 ‘feet.