Hapag-Lloyd has created a new steel floor container, which it claims can carry heavier cargoes than existing wood-floored boxes.
“The steel floor container is the future. It was designed so that all types of cargo could continue to be transported in it . But it has one major advantage over wooden floors: Much larger loads can be loaded into it per running metre, which makes it particularly interesting for heavy goods like machines,” said the German line’s head of special cargoes in a release.
Hapag-Lloyd statistics show a wooden floor teu can load 4.6 tonnes per metre, while a steel floor box can load 7.6 tonnes per metre. The difference is even greater with a feu box. While one with a wooden floor can withstand a load of three tonnes per metre, the steel floor one can withstand twice as much.
Another advantage of the new container, according to Hapag-Lloyd, is a much higher number of lashing rings, which makes securing loads easier and more efficient. Lashing rings in containers with steel floors have 2,000 kg pull load . By way of comparison, for standard containers, this figure is 1,000 kg for the rings on the floor and only 500 kg per lashing on the upper rails.
Another bonus with a metal floor, Hapag-Lloyd states is that the container can always be delivered clean and free of residues from the previous loading. Unlike wooden floors, steel does not absorb any odours or liquids resulting from possible leaks. The slightly wavy shape of the floor also prevents the cargo from sitting in any moisture if liquids have escaped or if condensation has formed.
The tare weight of steel floor containers is also about 150 kg lighter than those with traditional floors. This, in turn, means that the customer can load a higher load weight.