The ubiquitous shipping container has affected all our lives, whether we are involved in the business of shipping or not, but in an extremely positive way.. But do you know there are different container sizes and types of different dimensions that are in circulation today, each of which is used for a different purpose..
In below article, I cover the various container size, type, and the uses of these containers.. I also have covered the uses of special container types in a separate article in a bit more detail..
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..