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Shippers must always be certain when requesting a quotation for containerised cargo that the size of the container they are asking for will be big enough to safely and securely load their cargo into.
There are different types of containers available based on the size and weight of the cargo. Some containers are classed as ‘special equipment’ due to their unique special nature compared to the standard general purpose container.
Special equipment containers main purpose is for the loading and transportation of oversized cargo that will not suitably fit into a general purpose container.
Please see below the following containers and their size/weight capacities that are commonly available for sea freight:
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|20FT GENERAL PURPOSE CONTAINER||40FT GENERAL PURPOSE CONTAINER|
|40FT HIGH CUBE CONTAINER||45FT HIGH CUBE PALLET WIDE CONTAINER|
20FT OPEN TOP CONTAINER
40FT OPEN TOP CONTAINER
The removable swing header is capable of swinging at 90 degrees to either side
|20FT COLLAPSIBLE FLAT RACK CONTAINER||40FT COLLAPSIBLE FLAT RACK CONTAINER|
|20FT REEFER CONTAINER||40FT HIGH CUBE REEFER CONTAINER|
For a 20ft Reefer Container, the internal height of ‘2.160m’ is the maximum stowage height that the cargo can be loaded.
For a 40ft High Cube Reefer Container, the internal height of ‘2.40m’ is the maximum stowage height that the cargo can be loaded.
A 20ft or 40ft reefer container (refrigerated container) is used for the transportation of temperature sensitive goods.
While a reefer will have a fundamental refrigeration unit, they depend on an additional external power source either at an area based site, a vessel or on the dock side.
While being transported by road freight on a trailer they can be powered by a diesel generator that connects to the container. Reefer containers control the temperature between minus 25 degrees celsius and plus 25 degrees celsius.
Reefer containers can be equipped with a water cooling system that can be used if the container is stowed below deck on a vessel without suitable ventilation for the heat generated to vent out.
For the loading of any type and size of container, the drivers are responsible for the security of goods and compliance with weight and similar restrictions while the goods are being transported by road.
The seller and/or load point are responsible for providing safe and suitable protective covering and strapping of the cargo within or on the unit. This protects and stabilises the goods and also prevents any damage caused to the unit while the cargo is being loaded and also while in transit.
Please note that it is the responsibility of the load point to load any items of cargo into or onto the designated unit of transportation. The driver is not insured or allowed to arrange or assist with any aspect of loading whatsoever. The same principal applies for the discharge of cargo at end destination.
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