In the field of maritime transport, goods require appropriate packaging, which guarantees the safety and protection of goods that are transported both by ship and in transit to their destination. Consequently, this means that shipping containers must be strong, able to withstand the shipping process, be safe storage and be capable of handling. The various containers range from the material they are made from to the brand design.
Types of shipping containers
In the first category, we focus on the material that all types of shipping containers are made of;
- Wooden containers are wooden crates that store bulky items such as weapons. An example of such containers is crates used by various government military services.
- Corrugated cardboard boxes; these are fibreboards that are corrugated to create a lighter and cheaper device for transportation and are generally preferred for their reuse.
- Metal or steel, these are common freight containers that are transported by road, rail, air and sea. These are the largest standard shipping containers in the world due to their great strength and handling.
- Plastic containers are also widely used to transport materials such as liquid products or corrosive substances for both wood and metal devices.
Types of containers by design
- Flat rack container. These are open containers that are typically around 20 feet in size and have collapsible walls to accommodate large loads.
- A versatile type of dry storage, they are used for the transport and storage of dry goods. They come in a variety of sizes, like the rest of the containers, but are usually 20 and 40 feet in length.
- Top open or side open container, as the name suggests, the top cover can be easily opened to free up more space upward, while the other contains doors on both sides. They are used for the transport of bulky goods and can be used for the transport of perishable goods, since the openings can serve as ventilation.
- Tank containers are converted into multi-seat containers and are used to transport liquid and gaseous products. For safety reasons, these containers are made of stainless steel.
- Half-height containers are usually made of steel and are half the size of a standard bulk container. They are designed for the transport of goods such as bricks and coal, as they allow faster loading and unloading.
- Tanks with adjustable temperature; These are refrigerated or insulated, with modifications that regulate atmospheric factors inside and are widely used for the transportation of perishable goods over long distances.
The best SCF shipping containers are those that meet the ISO certification requirements, and depending on the goods to be transported, the right decision must be made. The entire shipping process is only appreciated if the proper containers are used.