What are shipping containers
Shipping containers are designed for storing and shipping goods across the world. Every shipping container in the world has its own unique 20-digit identification number, known as a container number.
There are several types of shipping containers:
How are containers unloaded from ships
Shipping containers are lifted off a ship by a speciality crane called a ‘Quay Cranes’ ‘Wharf Crane’ and placed on the quay or yard. Here is a great video showing the process of removing containers from ships (https://youtu.be/kj7ixi2lqF4)
How are containers loaded on trucks
Once the shipping container is on the yard the ‘Stacking Crane’ will take the container and put it on a railcar or truck.
How are the contents of a container loaded
Loading a shipping container can be done by hand or by machine. When loading already palletized and wrapped goods the use of a forklift is essential to save time. Pallets can come in a range of sizes (48 x 40 x 5.55, 47.24 x 39.37 x 6.38, 31.50 x 23.62 x 6.42).
How are the contents of a container unloaded
Unloading containers can be done using a forklift and just removing one pallet out at a time. If the items in a shipping container arrive loose, then this will require sorting, palletizing and wrapping. The use of lumpers such as the ones from Lumper HQ is ideal to unload containers by hand. Depending how the customers need the goods palletized there may be requirements to sort by PO numbers, or stack with certain patterns such as a “chimney pattern” or “interlocked pattern”. Lastly wrapping of the completed pallet with pallet shrink wrap by hand or machine will secure the load for further transport or storage.