Based on standard 40 ft or 45ft ISO containers, the ‘Timberbox’ can be used for conventional containerised cargo movement yet can also be used for the transportation of a variety of long-length loads, such as timber or steel rods, which usually cannot be containerised due to the difficulty of loading long length cargo through standard end access dry van containers.
The unit has intermodal switching capabilities as it can be used on a variety of ship types, from fully cellular containerships and feeders, to self-geared Con-Bulkers and break-bulk vessels. In addition to standard end access doors for handling conventional cargo, the roof unit can be lifted off using any standard crane, reachstacker or ships’ gear to enable full internal access for loading and discharge of long cargo.
This is achieved through the lifting properties of the removable weight-bearing roof, which acts as a cargo lifting frame so allowing vertical access. Uniquely, the 40ft roof frame has ISO castings at the mid-20ft position enabling the roof to be lifted separately from the base unit.