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Types of Specialised Containers

by | Jul 21, 2021

Lately, people all over the world are using container options more and more frequently to transport and store objects. They are a great solution for a range of needs, from storage to transportation, and while there are standard shipping containers that are used most commonly, there are also many types of specialised containers that you can choose from.

 

These containers are customisable on the interior and exterior, from basic size requirements to structural analyses on factors like load and stress tolerance, so you can rest assured that your container is 100% durable and designed to meet your needs completely.  

 

When you are wondering what type of container is right for your goods, the first step is to consider what you need it for and the given quantity. Once you have an idea, this article covers a range of key details you should know about containers.

 

Designed For Dry Bulk Cargo Transport and Storage

Dry cargo containers are available in a variety of sizes and configurations to accommodate a range of cargo types and storage requirements. Here are some examples of frequent configurations.

Tautliner (Curtain Side) Container

Tautliners come in varieties including pallet wide, mezzanine decks, gates and load binders. 

Side Door Containers 

Side door container options include pallet wide, standard width, end doors, doors on the one side only, and side doors with vents.

Bulk Containers 

Preferences include roof, door, front wall loading and/or discharge hatches and pallet wide.

Waste Containers

Dry cargo containers make quite versatile waste containers! You can make design specifications including the size of the roof (common sizes include 20ft or 40ft), pressure release doors, internal walls, and/or vents. 

Half Height Containers 

Features of these containers include a tarpaulin or hard top roof, drop-down ramp or standard doors, and rollover tipping.

ISO Tank Containers

ISO containers are made using 316 or 304 stainless steel and are mainly used for transporting and storing a variety of hazardous and non-hazardous liquids. Certified by international ISO standards, they are also extremely adaptable and come in a range of measurements. They can be outfitted with steam heating, electric heating, isolation, and even refrigeration for temperature-sensitive items, and customised from the top and bottom discharge and protective linings. These shipping containers can store and transport food-grade items and both non-hazardous and hazardous chemicals. The biggest advantage of ISO tank containers is their cost-effectiveness for both storage and transport, compared to the alternatives of fixed storage and road tankers. 

Bunded Tank Containers 

Self-bunded tank containers are common storage options for hydrocarbons, including fuels and lubricants, and they are particularly convenient options in instances where transport is required for several reasons. Firstly, as they are double-skinned, there is no need for external building. Secondly, they are all containerised for intermodal shipping and easy transfer. Thirdly, as they are available in sizes from 10kL to 100kL, there is plenty of room to customise sizes as well as many other features. Customisable features include epoxy linings, floating suctions, dewatering tubes, sumps, compartments, and full stainless internals to suit all fuels and oils. Internal lines are exceedingly clean and rounded internal corners decrease stress areas and extend the tank’s usable life.

 

Bitumen Tank Containers

Bitumen tank containers are used to store and transfer bitumen emulsions, PMBs, and heavy fuel oils. Within the confines of a normal ISO shipping slot, they maximise product carrying capacity, making them perfect for use on construction sites and temporary storage depots.

 

Open Top Containers 

If you have very tall items that require transportation or storage, these shipping containers are the best choice. The removable top means you can pack a variety of objects and have them transported in the safest possible way. Other features of open top containers include rear swing doors, a swinging and detachable door header, and a soft top with a portable tarpaulin cover.

 

Flat Rack Platforms and Bases 

Flat rack containers are designed to transfer oversized freight that cannot fit into standard-size shipping containers. You can pick a brand new or used one, with fixed end walls or collapsible end walls. Whether you need the container to transport or store huge machinery, automobiles, industrial equipment, or something else entirely, there are certainly plenty of specialised containers to choose from.