CONTAINER 40 FEET
D E F I N I T I O N
Due to its greater height (2.69mts against
2.40mtrs), the High Cube containers are ideal for
transporting light or bulky goods. The 40' and 45'
containers are made of steel or aluminum. The
45'HC containers are special containers and not all
shipping companies have this type of container nor
are they found in all commercial routes.
D I M E N S I O N S
Its exterior measurements are: 12.19 meters long
(40 feet), 2.44 meters wide (8 feet) and 2.59 meters
high (8 feet 6 inches).
Its interior measurements are: 12 meters long (39
feet 6 inches), 2.35 meters wide (7 feet 9 inches)
and 2.39 meters high (7 feet 10 inches).
W H A T A R E T H E Y U S E D F O R ?
The 40ft container is used to transport large
volumes of dry cargo on pallets, boxes, bags
M A X I M U M L O A D O F A C O N T A I N E R
4 0 F E E T
An empty 40-foot container has a weight or tare of 3,750
kg and can hold a load of around 29 tonnes (29,000 kg),
although this maximum load varies according to the
shipping company and the type of container. The most
internationally standardized ones can accept a maximum
gross weight of 32.5 tons.
WHAT IS A FLAT
A flat rack container is usually for
the transportation or storage of
cargo with unique dimensions. Flat
racks only have sides on the short
side of the container, the bulkheads,
so the cargo can stick out the side of
the container during transportation.
WHAT IS A FLAT RACK
A flat rack is used for the
transportation or storage of cargo with
‘special’ dimensions. Examples are
trucks and boats, but also machinery
parts that need to be shipped as a
whole to it’s place (or country) of
A fixed end flat rack has, as the name
hints at, fixed ends on the short sides.
Thus, these container can be shipped
and have an greater top load as the
fixed-ends are often stronger in
A collapsible flat rack has sides that
can be collapsed so the empty
container can be shipped more
efficiently, with four collapsible flat
racks taking the space of only one
regular dry van container.
The advantages of a Flat Rack
Suited for Transport
To be used for big and heavy loads
With fixed or removable ends
With tightening rings
OPEN TOP CONTAINER
Open top containers have a removable canvas roof
instead of a solid one. They are specially designed
for the transport of heavy or large loads. They
usually have doors at the ends to give flexibility
for loading and unloading operations.
The open top container is a container that is used in
shipping normally to export or import two types of goods:
Merchandise that doesn't fit because it's too high
(machinery for example).
Merchandise that is very heavy and difficult to load by
dragging and needs to be loaded by a specific crane.
Principal uses of an open top
Thanks to the removable canvas roof, the Open
Top containers are specially designed for the
transport of heavy or large loads (e.g. long
pipes), allowing superior loading and unloading
through the use of cranes.
Another utility is the transport of bulk goods,
as the superior access capacity allows for easy
loading and unloading through the use of
conveyors or shovels.
It is recommended for the transport of cargo
that does not require special conservation
conditions, being used for the transport of
cargo that is not very sensitive to water and
the environment, such as tractors, glass crates,
heavy machinery, marble slabs, etc.
What are your
You will find in the market the standard measures
of an ISO container, that is to say, Open top
containers of 20′ feet (6mts long, 2,44 wide and
2,59 high) and Open top containers of 40′ feet hc
(12 mts long, 2,44 wide and 2,89 high).
Why do Open Top containers
They were initially developed to be able to move
certain loads that are not suitable for introduction
by the measures of a traditional container door.
The cargo is stowed above the container, and is
protected with a highly resistant, waxed canvas or
fabric, secured by hooks.
Tank containers are basically, cylindrical vessels held within a standard 20ft
ISO frame and are used to deliver hazardous and non-hazardous products.
There are various types of tank container and depending on what they are used
for dictates the type of unit required. The storage vessels within tank
containers are typically produced from stainless steel that is surrounded by a
layer of insulation and an outer protective layer of polyurethane or aluminium.
T Y P I C A L L Y , T A N K C O N T A I N E R S
A R E U S E D F O R S H I P P I N G
Wines & Spirits
2 B A F F L E T A N K S
This type of container is designed for products with a high
specific gravity that are transported with the fill below
80%. This unit can be fitted with heating systems including
steam, warm water and thermostatically controlled
electrical heating systems as well as cooling systems as
3 L I N E D T A N K S
Are designed for transport of both high purity and highly
corrosive products. This type of tank is lined and have
additional safety systems including product level detection
devices and overfill protection systems and some
containers are fitted with GPS tracking systems.
H E A T E D T A N K S
Some products have to be kept warm during transit and
these containers come with steam, water and electrical
heating systems. Given that some products are extremely
sensitive to even the smallest of temperature fluctuations,
some of the heating systems installed in this type of
container have to be extremely accurate.
R E F R I G E R A T E D O R C O O L T A N K
C O N T A I N E R S
These units are approved by international statutory
authorities for the safe transportation of pharmaceutical
products, fruit juice, milk and general purposes liquids.
Cooling is provided by circulating either brine or a
synthetic oil around external coils.
G A S T A N K S
These zinc lined containers are for the transportation
of non-refrigerant gases and the stainless steel variant
is used for shipping of pharmaceutical grade