Shipping container weight restrictions mean safety at sea

By ussa-login on Monday, January 9, 2017 - Blog

Making sure that each shipping container adheres to the correct weight restrictions ensures greater safety at sea – read on to learn more. Should a container weigh more than the accepted weight, it can cause serious injuries and fatalities on both the ship and at the cargo bay.

International ocean shipping companies penalize cargo owners when their containers weigh more than is required by charging more or declining to move the container from the loading bay onto the ship. The weight difference must then either be corrected or compromised before any cargo will be transported onto the ship. As the loaders that load the containers onto the ship can only carry a certain amount of weight, it is beneficial to know what the weight is before it is lifted.

Ocean shipping companies usually have a very strong policy regarding weight restrictions and no exceptions are accepted. Depending on each country, post and which type of containers are used, dimensions will vary.

Dry containers 20′ and 40′ are manufactured from either aluminum or steel and are suitable for most types of cargo. Aluminum dry containers have a slightly larger payload than steel and steel dry containers have a slightly larger internal cube.

Specific dimensions and capacity of dry containers may vary depending on the container manufacturer, the age of the container and the container owner. Dry container dimensions can be specified as follows:

Tare weight 2,300 kg 5,071 lbs 3,750 kg 8,268 lbs
Payload capacity 25,000 kg 55,126 lbs 27,600 kg 61,200 lbs
Cubic capacity 33.2 m3 1,172 cu ft 67.7 m3 2,389 cu ft
Internal length 5.9 m 19.4 ft 12.03 m 39.5 ft
Internal width 2.35 m 7.7 ft 2.35 m 7.7 ft
Internal height 2.39 m 7.9 ft 2.39 m 7.9 ft
Door opening width 2.34 m 7.7 ft 2.34 m 7.7 ft
Door opening height 2.28 m 7.5 ft 2.28 m 7.5 ft

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