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An Insight into Ocean Shipping Containers
An Insight into Ocean Shipping Containers

Containers are the lifelines of ocean transport. Studies indicate that around 20 million containers worldwide are on the move at any given time. While they all look the same, a bunch of rectangular boxes varying in size, design and colour, their uses vary greatly. This makes knowing about different shipping containers necessary. It will help in defining the shipping strategy of your company and in avoiding a costly mistake of choosing an inappropriate container for safely shipping your goods.


Dry Storage Container: As the name suggests, these containers are perfect for shipping dry materials and come in different dimensions standardised by ISO. There are dry shipping containers in various sizes like 10 feet, 20 feet and 40 feet and are one of the most versatile and widely used in ocean shipping.

Tanks: These storage containers commonly get used in transporting liquid materials. Tanks are made using strong steel or other anti-corrosive materials to extend protection to the shipments.

Flat Rack Container: Featuring collapsible sides, these containers come useful in shipping a wide variety of goods. The sides get folded to convert it into a flat rack. These containers usually feature a steel frame, a wooden floor, and in some of them, even the end walls are collapsible. Opt for this container when shipping heavy or oversized cargo.

Open Top Container: These are like standard containers without a rigid roof. Instead of the usual roof, there is a flexible tarpaulin roof that is easily removable. Such cargo solutions come useful in shipping overheight cargo as the tarpaulin gets removed to provide crane access to the top of the container. These containers can also come helpful in bulky shipping cargo.

Reefer Container: These refrigerated containers are like cold-storage warehouses with wheels. Insulated units with compressors, they can keep the cargo cool or hot. Some of them also come with adjustable ventilation features that ensure better internal airflow. When shipping temperature-sensitive goods like perishable goods or any other cargo that needs constant or below freezing point temperature, reefer containers can be the perfect option.

Platform Container: Built to carry oversized loads, it is a simple floor-like structure without any sides or end walls. Usually made of steel frame with wooden floor, consider this as an option when you have to ship extremely heavy loads.

Double Door Containers: These storage units come with double doors providing a wider space for loading and unloading of materials. Double door containers commonly come in 20 feet and 40 feet and are ideal for transporting construction material like steel and iron.

Hardtop Container: Designed for carrying heavy cargo, hardtop containers have steel roofs that can be removed while packing. This feature of the removable roof comes useful in loading goods from the crane into the container. These storage units help in transporting heavy and tall loads. If the cargo is exceptionally tall, then the roof can be kept open and lashed into the inside wall of the container.

These are some of the standard storage units used across ocean freight. Insulated or thermal, tunnel, half-height, intermediate bulk shift and special-purpose containers are some more options. When you have to ship pricey goods and precious commodities via high seas, trust the Alphard team. Specialising in main/offshore shipping fleet, dry cargo chartering, leading suppliers of marine construction material and maritime transport and logistics, share your requirement with the experts and get the best shipment advice. They can even suggest which container option is appropriate for your company. For every and any marine cargo advice and support, rely on the opinion of industry experts following industry best practices at Alphard Maritime. Connect here for further business inquiries.