Container types

Sea container specifications

Dry cargo containers

Dry containers 20′ and 40′ are manufactured from either aluminium or steel. They are suitable for most types of cargo. Aluminium dry containers have a slightly larger payload than steel, and steel dry containers have a slightly larger internal cube.

Container weight Interior measurement Door open
Type
Gross Tare Net
Length Width Height Capacity
Width Height
20 ft
24,000 2,370 21,630
5.898 2.352 2.394 33.20
2.343 2.280
40 ft
30,480 4,000 26,480
12.031 2.352 2.394 67.74
2.343 2.280

Refrigerated containers

Refrigerated containers or reefer containers are used to transport goods requiring temperature-controlled conditions in transit, such as fruit, vegetables, dairy products and meat. It is fitted with a refrigeration unit which is connected to the carrying ship’s electrical power supply.

Container weight Interior measurement Door open
Type
Gross Tare Net
Length Width Height Capacity
Width Height
20 ft
24,000 3,050 20,950
5.449 2.290 2.244 26.70
2.276 2.261
40 ft
30,480 4,520 25,960
11.690 2.250 2.247 57.10
2.280 2.205

Open top containers

Open top containers have an open top covered by a tarpaulin instead of a solid roof. This enables oversized cargo such as timber and scrap metal to be loaded from the top. Open top containers normally have end doors to give flexibility to loading and discharging operations.

Container weight Interior measurement Door open
Type
Gross Tare Net
Length Width Height Capacity
Width Height
20 ft
24,000 2,580 21,420
5.629 2.212 2.311 32.00
2.330 2.263
40 ft
30,480 4,290 26,190
11.763 2.212 2.311 65.40
2.330 2.263

Flat rack containers

Flat rack containers are especially suitable for heavy loads and cargo that needs loading from the top or sides, such as pipes and machinery. You will find collapsible containers and non-collapsible containers with or without walls.

Container weight Interior measurement Door open
Type
Gross Tare Net
Length Width Height Capacity
Width Height
20 ft
30,480 2,900 27,580
5.624 2.236 2.234 27.90
40 ft
34,00 5,870 28,130
11.786 2.236 1.968 51.90

Garment containers

Garments on hangers containers give customers the option of using a string or bar system, or a combination of both. The garments containers offer increased flexibility, greater internal load capacity and savings on transportation and handling costs.

Container weight Interior measurement Door open
Type
Gross Tare Net
Length Width Height Capacity
Width Height
20 ft
24,000 2,240 21,760
5.898 2.352 2.394 33.20
2.343 2.280
40 ft
30,480 3,885 26,595
12.031 2.352 2.394 67.74
2.343 2.280

High cube containers

High cube dry containers ensure that you gain an extra foot in height compared with dry containers. The high cube dry containers are ideal for light, voluminous or bulky cargo.

Container weight Interior measurement Door open
Type
Gross Tare Net
Length Width Height Capacity
Width Height
40 ft
30,480 3,980 26,500
12.031 2.352 2.698 76.30
2.340 2.585
45 ft
30,480 4,800 25,680
13.544 2.352 2.698 86.00
2.340 2.585

Container capacity

Dry cargo Containers

20 ft container

11 europallets
(800 x 1200 mm)

10 standard pallets
(1000 x 1200 mm)

40 ft container

24 europallets
(800 x 1200 mm)

21 europallets
(1000 x 1200 mm)

Refrigerated containers

20 ft refcontainer

10 europallets
(800 x 1200 mm)

9 standard pallets
(1000 x 1200 mm)

40 ft refcontainer

23 europallets
(800 x 1200 mm)

20 europallets
(1000 x 1200 mm)

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