Open Top Shipping Containers
They are generally constructed or manufactured from corrugated steel with double doors at one end. Timber or plywood flooring is usually standard.
The difference is that there is no hard roof. Instead the roof is comprised of removable bows and a heavy duty canvas or tarpaulin.
Open-top containers, therefore, are very well suited to overheight freight or what might be described as ‘tall’ cargo.
Top Side Loading
Open top containers easily facilitate overhead access for ease of loading (packing) or unloading (unpacking) by crane or other machinery with mechanical jib or arm.
Most open top containers have a rotating steel support (or door header) above the door aperture that when rotated permits open, aerial access through and above the door space.
Fork lift pockets can be found beneath the floor section on the outside of the container.
Shipping container companies usually provide either a heavy duty canvas or tarpaulin with intermodal containers for sale or for hire.
Tarpaulins are designed to be movable in either one or both directions and are fastened using lashing bars and rings that the tarpaulin is affixed to.
Fixing Tarpaulins With Lashing Rings & Bars
Fixing and securing the tarpaulin from the elements requires lashing bars and/or rings.
Lashing bars are available on the outside walls of the container.
When using 1-way tarpaulins, it is important that corner castings are available and accessible.
Lashing rings are also found on the lower longitudinal section of open top containers.
They have a maximum permissible load of around 1000 kg ( 220 lbs) each.
Open Top Container – Standard Sizes
Generally speaking, open top containers are available in 3 sizes:
Open Top Container – Dimensions
Given that open top containers are not dissimilar to general, dry cargo containers, the internal and external dimensions do not differ greatly.
For the sake of complicity, however, we have provided a dedicated page for open top container dimensions.
Open Top ISO Codes
These containers are fully recognized in the ISO shipping container standards.
Therefore, they must be accompanied with an appropriate open top ISO container code when being transported or exported.
Open Top Containers & Container Homes
Shipping container architects working on more complex container house plans for structures of more than one storey recommend the utilization of open top containers where stairway or lift access is required.
This way, additional levels can be easily built into shipping container homes without having to spend additional resources on removing the roof section from a standard enclosed, dry cargo container.
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