Thursday, May 21, 2020

Folding Shipping Containers Have the Possibility of Cutting Empty Box Trucking Costs

Five ISO Units Can be Moved as One as Design Gets CSC Approval
Shipping News Feature

US – WORLDWIDE – Staxxon LLC, the New Jersey headquartered outfit that produces ISO containers which are foldable, enabling up to five empty containers to be folded, bundled, and moved together as a single container, has had a boost this week with the announcement has received Container Safety Convention (CSC) certification for the latest version of its 20-ft folding shipping container.

This certification means that the folding 20 foot boxes can be used for shipping cargo in the same way as a standard container. Testing was conducted by Container Certification and Testing, LLC in New Jersey and headed up by Staxxon’s Bob Farrell, Director of Product Development. The container meets current ISO 1496 standards for a 34,000 kg gross mass container and is the first to use the latest industry-prescribed Type Code W1, indicating it is a folding container with a vertical base, as per ISO 6436.

The product may well fill a niche in the current market with empty container repositioning a seemingly permanent headache, and expense for shipping lines and container owners alike. Staxxon estimates over $20 billion, or 5-10% of operating costs in any given year are spent moving empty containers to satisfy container logistics flow.

The advantages of a stackable container are obvious, there are potential cost savings on trucking operations whereby empty containers are often hauled to and from ports. The bundled empties take up less space and require fewer lifts and moves, helping to alleviate congestion and pollution, which in turn promotes faster ship loading and an opportunity for vessel operators to slow steam. George Kochanowski, CEO of Staxxon, commented:

“This certification marks a major milestone for Staxxon. It validates our hard work designing a durable folding container that is 100% interchangeable with existing container fleets around the world. With our easy and flexible bundling options, high durability, lower maintenance and repair costs, providing easy to replace walls and doors, we believe our design offers huge advantages for customers moving empty containers.

“Our goal for this year is to start trials with ocean vessel, railcar, and trucking partners. With our various manual and automated approaches we’ll show that the folding and unfolding process itself isn’t a bottleneck. Most importantly, we’re looking forward to feedback from our partners so that this is a win-win for everybody by the time we launch. Reducing operating costs and providing a more environmentally friendly container solution is most appealing to everyone.

”Building a coalition of regulators, shippers, port operators, truckers, unions, and customers is ultimately the key to mutual success. Conversations so far have been extremely encouraging, so we’re excited to be moving forward. I am looking forward to producing, along with some of the other ISO’s TC 104 members, the new global standard for testing a bundled set of folded empties.

”We anticipate that lifting, stacking, and racking tests will show that any configuration of Staxxon’s 2, 3, 4, or 5 empty containers, when bundled, will comply with current standards and operational procedures. This will allow our sets to be seamlessly integrated into the workflow, as if a regular container, an important consideration for customers’ willingness to adopt our technology.”

Staxxon’s 35 granted patents filed globally protect all of Staxxon’s critical and most unique design features. Future differentiating technologies that the Company is developing with outside partners include floor sensors that allow the container to weigh its contents and automated bundling/folding concepts targeting less than 3 minutes per fold/unfold. Additional industry standard container sizes, including 40-ft and 40-ft high cube, are also proposed.