Open top containers are a type of shipping container that is used for items that are too large to be loaded into a regular sized shipping container.
These containers are manufactured from corrugated steel and generally have a wood floor. The top of the container is open and is covered with a strong rubber tarpaulin rather than a solid roof.
The tarpaulin is secured with removable bows to hold it in place and features a door header that swivels outwards to allow for loading from the top or the end. The roof bows not only support the tarpaulin but also provide stability to the container.
End doors also provide additional flexibility which allows for easier loading. The dimensions of these containers vary, but they tend to have a larger capacity because they are not limited by a roof. Sizes of open top containers vary between manufacturer, so it is important to measure the volume of the items to be loaded and ensure that they will ultimately fit inside the container once loaded. Tiger Containers can provide an open top container to suit your precise needs.
Uses for Open Top Containers
These useful containers are ideal for loading scrap metal and timber via large cranes. Some companies use these containers for shipping large machinery because the items can just be loaded right into the container from the end and then covered with a tarpaulin. Loading and unloading these containers is a lot easier than loading a conventional storage container. Some larger items that cannot fit into conventionally configured cargo containers.
When an open top container is fully loaded it may be over height and needs a special storage area to accommodate it. These containers also feature lashing rings which helps to secure the load inside and keep it contained and safe. Lashing rings generally can withstand a load of 1,000 kg. The average open top container is forty feet long, but is also available in twenty foot sizes which are suitable for a variety of cargo loading uses.
Open top containers are also used extensively for removal of waste items or bulk recycling products. Once items have been sorted and weighed, they are loaded into these containers and then shipped on cargo ships.
Some of the items that are commonly stored or shipped in an open top container include:
- Ore and other raw mining materials
- Pipes of varying lengths, sizes, shapes and thicknesses
- Tools, generally outfitted with shelving to hold and transport a large variety of tools;
- Cable spools and cable;
- Construction supplies or debris;
- Attachments for machinery that are just too bulky to be placed on trucks for transport.
There are a variety of shipping containers that are available for any use and when you find that the items that you need to ship are larger than standard containers will hold, you may need to consider using an open top container. If your company is looking for a container with easier loading options and more space at the top, then you might consider the open top option.