Open Top Containers

Open top containers are very similar to general purpose containers with the main difference being the removable bows and roof tarpaulin, the door header of open top containers may also be swivelled out to allow for great accessibility. These unique features greatly simplify the process of packing and unpacking the container, in particular it is very easy to pack and unpack the container from above or through the doors by crane or crab when the roof is open and door swivelled out. Most open top containers are built to ISO 20’ standards although ISO standard 40’ containers are also available.

The removable bows of an open top container are not solely to support the tarpaulin roof but also to contribute to the stability of the container. Over height cargoes are ideal for these containers but care should be taken when considering top heavy cargo which would be better suited to either flat rack or platform containers.

Lashing rings, to which the cargo can be secured, are installed in the upper and lower side rails and corner posts to help sufficiently secure cargoes to the container, the lashing rings can handle loads of up to 1000kg.

Open Top Cargo Container Specifications

Specifications for 20′ and 40′ Open Top Cargo Containers

20′ Open Top Container 40′ Open Top Container
Max. Gross Weight 34,000kg (4,950 lb) 45,000 kg (99,212 lb)
Tare Weight 2,740 kg (6,040 lb) 4,900 kg (10,803 lb)
Payload 31,260 kg (31,260 lb) 40,100 kg (88,409 lb)
External Dimensions:
Length 6,058 mm (19′-10″) 2,192 mm (40′-0″)
Width 2,438 mm (8′-0″) 2,438 mm (8′-0″)
Height 2,591mm (8′-6″) 2,591 mm (8′-6″)
Collapsible Height 370 mm (1′-2″) 647 mm (2′-1″)
Internal Dimensions:
Length (between end panels) 6,058 mm (19′-6″) 12,180 mm (39′-6″)
Length (between corner posts) 5,612 mm (18′-2″) 11,776 mm (38′-3″)
Width (over bottom side rail) 2,210 mm (7′-2″) 2,380 mm (7′-7″)
Width (between corner posts) 2,227 mm (7′-3″) 2,230 mm (7′-4″)
height (side rail to top casting) 2,213 mm (7′-2″) 1,995 mm (6′-4″) 0ft.3