Unloading Shipping Containers In 2020

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:

  • Dry storage container
  • Special purpose containers
  • Open top container
  • Tunnel container
  • Open side storage container
  • Double doors container 
  • Refrigerated ISO containers
  • Insulated or thermal containers
  • Cargo storage roll container
  • Half height containers
  • Car carriers
  • Intermediate bulk shift containers
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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.

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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.