Below article is based on readers requests that I cover the various container sizes and dimensions and the various types of containers including their dimensions (have covered the specials in http://shippingandfreightresource.com/2008/11/04/article-5-special-containers-its-cargoes-oogreefer/)..
The major container types are :
- Dry or Dry Van (DV) or General Purpose (GP) – 20′, 40′ – general containers that doesn’t have any special features and used to load normal general cargo
- High Cube (HC or HQ) – 40′ and in a few countries 20′ as well – containers that are taller than a GP by 1 feet and used in cases where customers require a slightly bigger volume capacity
- Open Top (OT) – 20′, 40′ – Refer to the detailed explanation in my article Special Containers & its Cargoes – OOG/Reefer
- Refrigerated (RF) – 40′, 20′ (although some shipping lines are phasing out the 20′ RF) – Refer to the detailed explanation in my article Special Containers & its Cargoes – OOG/Reefer
- Flatrack (FR), Platform or Collapsible Flatrack (PL, COFL) – 40′, 20′ – Refer to the detailed explanation in my article Special Containers & its Cargoes – OOG/Reefer
- Tank (TK) – 20′ – Specialised containers that are designed to carry liquid cargoes
You can download the dimensions of the container here.. Please note that these are general guidelines and each shipping line has a slight variation of the dims..