Friday, December 7, 2012

Container Development Moves on Apace With Lightweight and Collapsible Freight Boxes

New Designs Make Shipping More Affordable when both Empty and Full
Shipping News Feature

EUROPE –Intermodal transport and logistics provider, Samskip Multimodal and global science- based company DSM have unveiled a new lightweight container which the two have been developing since 2009. The HighQ™ container aims to be 20% lighter than its competitors by incorporating composite panels that replace the commonly used corrugated steel. At the Intermodal Europe 2012 tradeshow, DSM presented a 45 foot high cube prototype which was certified by Lloyd's Register in June 2011 and field tested by Samskip for over one year in harsh conditions.

In total three prototypes have been successfully tested, the two companies’ are convinced the key advantage of the new container is cost efficiency. The lower tare weight in combination with an aerodynamic design should lead to a significant saving in fuel during transport when compared to the same load as a steel container. Conversely, when used in transport modes where weight limitations apply, like rail and road, the lower weight of the container could also be turned into a payload increase for heavy commodities.

The flat sides make it easier to load and unload. It is easier to clean and attracts less dirt and in combination with high-impact corners, which protects the roof during container handling, the designers say the HighQ’s should have a longer lifetime and better protect the cargo and DSM anticipates that the new container will contribute to increasing the competitiveness of intermodal transport. Theo Jongeling, HighQ containers Business Manager at DSM, said:

“This container is a true example of DSM using its innovative power to drive sustainability in our society. The use of composite technology reduces the impact on the environment even during the manufacturing stage and continues to do this during the entire time that the container is operational. This solution is good for the environment and our customers’ business at the same time.”

Diederick Blom, Chief Operating Officer at Samskip Multimodal, commented:

“We firmly believe in this lightweight container that we have thoroughly tested under the most severe situations. We are extremely pleased to have had the opportunity to work in such close cooperation with DSM by sharing our industry knowledge and ideas and we look forward to welcoming the first series in our fleet next year which we will be offering to our clients”.

Meanwhile the lightweight, collapsible shipping container developed by Cargoshell which we reviewed in 2011 has recently received a Convention for Safe Containers (CSC) certification from ship classification service provider, Germanischer Lloyd. The Cargoshell box has become the first plastic shipping container in the world to receive certification from the Hamburg based group. Cargoshell therefore now complies entirely with the strict quality requirements that the industry places on shipping containers. In October, under the supervision of Niels Merettig of Germanischer Lloyd, a number of tests were carried out in Valluhn, Germany all of which were successfully passed.

In June 2009, René Giesbers presented a completely new patented container concept named Cargoshell: a fold-up container made of composite and aluminium. The current Cargoshell is the definitive version of the original concept. The certified Cargoshell also has thicker walls, which benefits the insulating properties of the composite and increases the strength of the container. René Giesbers said:

“The CSC certificate is an important step in the further development of the Cargoshell. This certification shows that Cargoshell has proved itself as a worthy new product in the logistics chain.”

Looking forward, the company are aiming to become an established name in the field of Reefer Containers by obtaining certification as a cold-storage container supplier.