Probably all of us have seen those big box-like containers being transported by really big trucks towards the port. They differ in color – some are blue, red, and many more. Those containers are made out of steel or other metal. They look really heavy right? But don’t underestimate these containers because they really make the lives of people a lot easier in terms of shipping goods. Container shipping makes it possible to ship goods in an orderly manner. Not only that, it also assures the safe transport of goods from one place to another. Isn’t it a very convenient way of transporting goods and cargo?

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If you will try to imagine it, shipping goods before was very difficult especially the process of loading and unloading of cargo. Break-bulk cargo can be a very good example. The cargo that is shipped is most often manufactured goods of some business establishments. Shipping workers had to load these goods in the ship one at a time because there wasn’t anything that would carry cargo at the same time. Unloading them followed the same process. Hearing this, you might have imagined already how tiring and time-consuming it was to load and unload cargo. Not only that, it will also need a lot of manpower to make it possible.

With the birth of containerization, transporting goods has been made easier. The cargo can be grouped together in one container. Through this, moving them from one place to another won’t be that difficult anymore. With the use of trucks and ships, it is possible. A person also has the option of getting an entire container for his/her cargo only. This is called Full Container Load. One has to pay a certain amount but it doesn’t really matter though. The most important thing is that containerization keeps the cargo safe and secure by following standard procedures.

You might have encountered different names of containers. There is nothing to worry because each one will be differentiated from one another.

When the containers are being used only for the purpose of shipping, there are four possible names for it such as: Shipping Container, ISO Container, Cargo Container and Conex Box. But when the containers are only used for construction and storing purposes, they can be called names such as ISBU Module or simply ISBU, and Green Cube.

Container ships are the ones that carry and transport all the cargo. Most often than not, these ships have their own cranes and fork lifts to aid in faster loading and unloading of cargo. Different ships are being used depending on the weight of the cargo. Big container ships are used for long destinations such as international ones and can carry up to 10,000 containers in just one trip. But for shorter routes, Ro-Ro’s (for Roll-On and Roll-Off) can be used. These are container ships that have their own built-in shore-based ramp system which makes loading and unloading shipping containers a lot easier and faster.

Everyone is truly thankful for the advances in technology and the future discoveries yet to come. In this context, it also improved container shipping a lot. Now, you can expect a faster and efficient service coming from shipping companies.

Here is some more reading on the parameters of containers.