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History: An intermodal container is a large standardized shipping container, designed and built for intermodal freight transport, meaning these containers can be used across different modes of transport – from ship to rail to truck – without unloading and reloading their cargo. Intermodal containers are primarily used to store and transport materials and products efficiently and securely in the global containerized intermodal freight transport system, but smaller numbers are in regional use as well. These containers are known under a number of names, such as simply container, cargo or freight container, ISO container, shipping, sea or ocean container, container van or (Conex) box, sea or c can.
53' Containers are generally used only in North American domestic transportation and hence not usually seen on container ships. They are, however, extremely popular in North America due to the increased capacity and efficiency when compared to their 40 foot, ocean-going cousins. Also, since they are not typically used on ships, they have reduced bracing and structural integrity making them cheaper to produce. As result, in 2013, APL, a major logisitics firm, officially ceased support of ocean going transport of these units for simple lack of demand combined with specialized facilities for loading and storage of these units.
Special refrigerated containers, commonly called reefers, can control temperatures, allowing everything from meat, fruit, vegetables and dairy products, to chemicals and pharmaceuticals to travel across the world. Cryogenics may sound like a science of the future but reefer containers get pretty close today. Special super-freeze reefers can keep goods frozen at temperatures as low as -60 degrees C. But other reefers can preserve goods at warmer temperatures if that is necessary. De-humidification systems are able to ensure optimal humidity inside reefer containers. Some reefers also allow the atmosphere in the container to be controlled so for example, bananas can be shipped between continents without turning brown. Even fresh flowers can remain fresh in reefer containers while they are travelling many miles over several days. It is because of reefer containers, that grocery stores are able to stock and sell all kinds of fresh produce all year round.
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Item created by: gdm on 2018-03-30 08:10:48. Last edited by gdm on 2018-04-12 11:59:24
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