Different containers in offshore logistics
Container units are the most important aspect of the whole shipping, trading, and transportation industries.
These shipping containers are buildings that hold various types of things that must be transported from one location to another utilising various types of container ships.
Moving containers safeguard items throughout lengthy voyages and guarantee that they arrive in one piece.
As a result, container units might vary in size, structure, materials, and construction depending on the sort of items to be delivered or the unique services required of them.
Today, numerous types of shipping containers are employed to satisfy the needs of various forms of cargo transportation.
The following are some of the most prevalent types of shipping containers in use today.
1 – Swap bodies
They are a unique type of container that is mostly utilised in Europe.
They aren’t constructed to ISO standards and aren’t conventional shipping container units, but they’re nonetheless quite useful.
They include a sturdy bottom and a detachable top, making them ideal for delivering a wide range of items.
2 – Special purpose containers
These aren’t regular ship containers; they’re container units designed specifically for a certain function.
They’re mostly employed for high-profile services like weapon shipping and arson.
As a result, their design and material composition are determined by the specific purpose they must serve.
However, security remains the first consideration in the vast majority of situations.
3 – Refrigerated ISO containers
These are temperature-controlled transportation containers that are kept at a constant low temperature.
They are only used to transport perishable goods such as fruits and vegetables across vast distances.
4 – Dry storage container
The most often used shipping containers are available in a variety of ISO-standardized dimensions.
They come in sizes of 20ft, 40ft, and 10ft and are used to transport dry items.
5 – Intermediate bulk shift containers
These are specialised storage shipping transport containers designed only for the transportation of items in transit.
They are meant to handle big volumes of goods and are designed to transport items to a point where they may be further packaged and shipped to their final destination.
6 – Car carriers
Car carriers are customised container storage units used to transport vehicles across great distances.
They have foldable sides that allow an automobile to fit snugly within the containers without being harmed or moved from its original location.
7 – Half-height containers
Half-height shipping containers are another type of container.
These containers, which are primarily made of steel, are half the height of full-sized ship containers.
They are used for goods that require simple loading and unloading, such as coal and stones.
8 – Cargo storage roll containers
One of the specialised container units developed for transporting sets or stacks of items is a foldable container.
They are composed of thick, robust wire mesh and are equipped with rollers for simple movement.
These shipping container units are made a bit more cheery by the availability of a variety of coloured wire meshes.
9 – Flat rack containers
These are like simple shipping containers and come with collapsible sides which can be folded and made into a flat rack to ship multiple types of goods.
10 – Open top containers
These come with a convertible top that can be taken off and turned into an open-top to adjust materials and goods of varying heights.
11 – Tunnel containers
These are container shipping units with a door on both sides which makes them extremely convenient for loading and unloading goods.
12 – Insulated thermal containers
These shipping containers come with temperature regulation control. These are suitable for longer transit durations.
13 – Tanks
These container types find a high usage within the shipping industry and are used for transporting liquid materials. These are usually made of steel with anti-corrosive coatings to provide longevity to the materials.
14 – Cargo storage roll containers
These are specialised foldable containers made for transporting sets of materials. They have a strong wire mesh with rollers which makes them easy to move.
15 – Drums
These circular shipping containers are made of materials like fibre, steel, hardened plastics, etc. As with tanks, these too are used for transporting liquid materials.
16 – Open side storage containers
These containers are similar to tunnels and have doors that can be opened on sides to make a wider space for loading and unloading goods.
In conclusion, we have discussed different containers in offshore logistics which includes special-purpose containers as well as car carriers.
We also talked about refrigerated and dry storage containers and lightly touched on half-height containers and cargo storage roll containers.
However, it is critical to note that certain cargoes may require specific transportation conditions to ensure the product quality and safety.
For such purposes, reefers compartments are required to maintain the required temperature and ventilation conditions for the cargo.
A graduate (Business) from KDU, Jason Tan, is the current Business Director (Sales) for MGS Icestorm and has been associated with the company for the past 10 years.
With over 13 years in the shipping industry, he has had a significant contribution to Malaysia’s oil and gas industry in the engine and boat supply sector.
His expertise includes managing offshore catering business, offshore reefer containers, AI technology, offshore gas tanks, A60 pressurized cabins, etc. His contributions have helped establish MGS, in partnership (joint venture) with Thermo King and Honeywell to produce state of art Offshore Reefer Container products.