The U.K.-based container design company Container Group Technology said Monday it has designed a new 20-foot shipping container able to provide 36 percent more pallet space than a standard 20-footer.
The company said the greater space is enabled by marginally increasing the outside dimensions of the container.
“The 20-20 SeaCell Container achieves this feat by being exactly 20 feet in length and seven feet, 11 inches wide internally,” CGT said. “Standard 20-foo tcontainers are, in fact, 19 feet, 10.5 inches long by seven feet, 7.75 inches wide internally. Thus the internal length of the 20-20 allows it to accommodate the additional four Euro-pallets or two ISO pallets per tier. The door opening width is (nearly seven feet, 11 inches) which allows fork-lift trucks to load pallets two or three at a time.”
The company added that 15 Euro-pallets can be loaded into the container instead of 11 Euro-pallets in a standard ISO 20-foot dry container, while it can handle 12 standard ISO pallets instead of 10.
Two 20-20 containers can also be locked together from the outside to form a 40-foot box, which would have a greater loading capacity than a traditional 40-footer.
“Two 20-20 containers will carry six more pallets than one standard 40 foot container,” CGT said. "It is also possible to mix Euro- and standard pallets in the same 20-20 and still have 100 percent pallet utilization.” - Eric Johnson