Ocean Transport

As the world's largest container shipping company, we move 12 million containers every year and deliver to every corner of the globe.

Refrigerated cargo safely delivered

Efficient shipping of perishable commodities is vital to the growth of your business. Reliable, safe passage via an unbroken cold chain is essential to ensure that your goods arrive in the exact condition intended. 
That is what we do for you.

Safe transport of your goods from door to door

Having pioneered refrigerated transport since 1936, we have the knowledge, equipment and expertise to streamline your logistics and supply chain with optimal refrigerated transport solutions.

Whether you are shipping fruits and vegetables, bananas, fish and seafood, meat or pharmaceuticals, we safely transport your goods from door to door in a sealed remote-controlled environment to ensure it arrives in perfect condition.

Growing the Ecuadorian banana industry together

One touch for goodness

Retain the quality of your produce with a single touch point, from departure to arrival

Your produce must always arrive in prime condition. You can ensure that by eliminating multiple handovers and all the consequences that come with it in your supply chain.

By being the single touchpoint, at Maersk, we see to it that there’s less spoilage and wastage of your cargo. And more reputation and return on investment for you.

Get better visibility into your supply chain and enjoy the below range of world-class benefits that come with our end-to-end solution:

Customised cold chain solutions
Your business is unique. That’s why, our offerings are too. Choose a simple off-the-shelf product, or a complex tailor made bundle. Either way, our solutions are catered to meet your specific business needs.
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Single point of contact

Cut down your time, efforts, and money spent in dealing with multiple vendors. And by centralising accountability, mitigate the risk of contamination and wastage of your produce at every link of your cold chain.

Readiness
End-to-end visibility

Track your produce’s whereabouts from a thousand miles away with Remote Container Management 2.0. And get live notifications of their status on the move with our virtual reefer assistant – Captain Peter.

Peace of mind
Dedicated reefer specialists

Enjoy personalised assistance for your cold chain concerns. Our team of reefer experts are here give you tips, advice, and suggestions to optimise your logistics. And to help you resolve a wide range of issues for you.

What do you need to ship?

As the world’s most experienced shipper of frozen and refrigerated cargo, we know that the needs of every type of cargo is different. Choose one of the cargo types below to find out how we create the perfect solution for your cargo.

Bananas and pineapples

Bananas and pineapples are precious, delicate, and in demand all over the world. As the banana and pineapple shipping experts, we can ship your bananas and pineapples further than ever before – and ensure that they arrive in peak condition, ready to begin their ripening process.

Pineapples

Fruits and vegetables

We move more than half a million containers loaded with fruits and vegetables every year. We’re talking about the fruits of your labour – literally – and we take our role in your supply chain very seriously.

Fruits

Protein

Shipping protein cargo such as meat, poultry and dairy products requires a high level of care and expertise.

Protein

Fish and seafood

When it comes to transporting fish and seafood, time is of the essence. Our advanced shipping solutions are designed to make sure your chilled and frozen goods are loaded faster and arrive fresher than ever before.

Fish and Seafood

Pharmaceuticals

When it comes to transporting your pharmaceutical cargo, you need a partner you can trust. We ensure reliability across your supply chain with seamless shipping solutions by land and sea that are tailored to your needs, from pick up to final delivery.

Pharamaceuticals
03 Jul 2020

Cargo container specifications

Kindly note dimensions vary with container series – for dimensions of specific unit please contact us.

Dry cargo

20' Standard - Steel

20' Standard - Steel

Payload: 28300 kg
Capacity: 33,2 m3 (1170 ft3)

This is the smallest of our dry containers. However, it still carries a payload of up to 28,3 metric tonnes and has a total capacity of 33,2 m3 (1170 ft3). It measures 20' x 8' x 8.6'.

Container specifications

Description Imperial Metric
Description
Maximum payload
Imperial
62390 lb
Metric
28300 kg
Description
Dimensions
Imperial
20' x 8' x 8'6"
Metric
6058x2438x2591 mm
Description
Volume
Imperial
1170 cu. ft
Metric
33,2 cu. m
Description
Door openings width
Imperial
7' 8 1/8"
Metric
2340 mm
Description
Door openings height
Imperial
7' 5 3/4"
Metric
2280 mm
Description
Internal length
Imperial
19' 4 1/4"
Metric
5898 mm
Description
Internal width
Imperial
7' 8 5/8"
Metric
2352 mm
Description
Internal height
Imperial
7' 5 3/4"
Metric
2393 mm
Description
Weight gross
Imperial
67200 lb
Metric
30480 kg
Description
Weight tare
Imperial
4810 lb
Metric
2180 kg

40' Standard - Steel

40' Standard - Steel

Payload: 28870 kg
Capacity: 67,7 m3 (2390 ft3)

It’s twice as long as the 20' and has a payload of a bit more, being able to carry up to 28,8 metric tonnes and the total capacity of this container is 67,7 m3 (2390 ft3). It measures 40' x 8' x 8.6'.

Container Specifications

Description Imperial Metric
Description
Maximum payload
Imperial
63650 lb
Metric
28870 kg
Description
Dimensions
Imperial
40’ x 8’ x 8’6"
Metric
12192x2438x2591 mm
Description
Volume
Imperial
2390 cu. ft
Metric
67,7 cu. m
Description
Door openings width
Imperial
7' 8 1/8"
Metric
2340 mm
Description
Door openings height
Imperial
7' 5 3/4"
Metric
2280 mm
Description
Internal length
Imperial
39' 5 11/16"
Metric
12032 mm
Description
Internal, width
Imperial
7'8 - 5/8"
Metric
2352 mm
Description
Internal height
Imperial
7' 10 3/16"
Metric
2393 mm
Description
Weight gross
Imperial
71650 lb
Metric
32500 kg
Description
Weight tare
Imperial
8000 lb
Metric
3630 kg

40' High Cube - Steel

40' High Cube - Steel

Payload: 28690 kg
Capacity: 76,4m3 (2700 ft3)

Our 40' high dry container has the same basic features as the 40' standard except for having additional internal height volume.

This provides you with a higher total capacity of 76,4 m3 (2700 ft3), while the payload remains the same with a maximum of 28.69 metric tonnes. It measures 40' x 8' x 9'6".

This is the most common of our dry containers.

Container Specifications

Description Imperial Metric
Description
Maximum payload
Imperial
63250 lb
Metric
28690 kg
Description
Dimensions
Imperial
40' x 8' x 9'6"
Metric
12192 x 2438 x 2896 mm
Description
Volume
Imperial
2700 cu. ft
Metric
76,4 cu. m
Description
Door openings width
Imperial
7' 8 1/8"
Metric
2340 mm
Description
Door openings height
Imperial
8'5 3/4"
Metric
2585 mm
Description
Internal length
Imperial
39' 5 2/3"
Metric
12032 mm
Description
Internal, width
Imperial
7'8 5/8"
Metric
2352 mm
Description
Internal height
Imperial
8' 10 1/4"
Metric
2698 mm
Description
Weight gross
Imperial
71650 lb
Metric
32500 kg
Description
Weight tare
Imperial
8400 lb
Metric
3810 kg

45' High - Steel

45' High - Steel

Payload: 27650 kg
Capacity: 86 m3 (3040 ft3)

This is the biggest of our dry steel containers with added height and length compared to our standard containers, it has the total capacity of 86 m3 (3040 ft3).

The maximum payload is up to 27.65 metric tonnes and it measures 45' x 8' x 9.6'.

Container Specifications

Description Imperial Metric
Description
Maximum payload
Imperial
60957 lb
Metric
27650 kg
Description
Dimensions
Imperial
45' x 8' x 9'6"
Metric
13716 x 2438 x 2896 mm
Description
Volume
Imperial
3040 cu. ft
Metric
86 cu. m
Description
Door openings width
Imperial
7' 8 1/8"
Metric
2340 mm
Description
Door openings height
Imperial
8' 5 3/4"
Metric
2585 mm
Description
Internal length
Imperial
44' 5 11/16"
Metric
13556 mm
Description
Internal, width
Imperial
7' 8 1/2"
Metric
2352 mm
Description
Internal, height to load line
Imperial
8' 10 1/8"
Metric
2698 mm
Description
Weight gross
Imperial
71650 lb
Metric
32500 kg
Description
Weight tare
Imperial
10692 lb
Metric
4850 kg
Dry cargo More information

Maximum Payload: The maximum permitted mass of payload, including the dunnage and cargo securement arrangements that are not associated with the container in its normal operating condition.

Tare weight: Mass of empty container including all fittings and appliances associated with a particular type of container in its normal operating condition.

Maximum Gross weight: The maximum mass for operating a container, including the tare weight and the maximum payload.

Units expressed in kilograms.

Refrigerated cargo

20' Standard - Reefer

20' Standard Reefer

Payload: 27,770 kg
Capacity: 28,3m3 (998 ft3)

Special features:

  • Temperature range: -30C to +30C
  • Fresh air exchange: adjustable from 0-285 m³/hr
  • DeHumidification – Range: 65% - 85% (in chilled mode)
  • Bottom-air delivery 28 CBM cargo space

Container specifications

Description Imperial Metric
Description
Maximum payload
Imperial
61220 lb
Metric
27770 kg
Description
Dimensions
Imperial
6058x2438x2591 mm
Metric
20’ x 8’ x 8’6"
Description
Volume
Imperial
998 cu. ft
Metric
28,3 cu. m
Description
Door openings width
Imperial
7’ 6 1/8”
Metric
2290 mm
Description
Door openings height
Imperial
7’ 4 11/16”
Metric
2252 mm
Description
Internal length
Imperial
17’ 10 51/64”
Metric
5456 mm
Description
Internal width
Imperial
7’ 6 1/8”
Metric
2290 mm
Description
Internal height to load line
Imperial
7’ 2 9/64”
Metric
2188 mm
Description
Weight gross
Imperial
67200 lb
Metric
30480 kg
Description
Weight tare
Imperial
5980 lb
Metric
2710 kg

40' High Cube Standard - Reefer

40' High Cube Standard Reefer

Payload: 29670 kg
Capacity: 67,5m 3 (2384 f)3)

Special features:

  • Temperature range: -30C to +30C
  • Integrated container design (machinery/box) eliminating thermal bridges, resulting in reduced heat leakage and improved energy efficiency. Further increases loading capacity by 150 kg.
  • Fresh air exchange: adjustable from 0-285 m³/hr
  • DeHumidification – Range: All units 65% - 85%
  • The use of environmentally friendly refrigerant: R134a (non CFC)
  • Bottom-air delivery: 67,5 CBM cargo space

Container specifications

Description Imperial Metric
Description
Maximum payload
Imperial
65410 lb
Metric
29670 kg
Description
Dimensions
Imperial
40’ x 8’ x 9’6"
Metric
12192 x 2438 x 2896 mm
Description
Volume
Imperial
2384 cu. ft
Metric
67,5 cu. m
Description
Door openings width
Imperial
7’ 6 1/8”
Metric
2290 mm
Description
Door openings height
Imperial
8’ 4 11/16”
Metric
2557 mm
Description
Internal length
Imperial
38’ 3/16”
Metric
11588 mm
Description
Internal width
Imperial
7’ 6 1/8”
Metric
2290 mm
Description
Internal height to load line
Imperial
8’ 1 1/4”
Metric
2470 mm
Description
Weight gross
Imperial
74960 lb
Metric
34000 kg
Description
Weight tare
Imperial
9550 lb
Metric
4330 kg

40' High Cube Magnum - Reefer

40' High Cube Magnum Reefer

Payload: 29380 kg
Capacity: 64m 3 (2261 ft3)

Special features:

  • Temperature range: -35C to +30C
  • Fresh air exchange: adjustable from 0-285 m³/hr
  • DeHumidification – Range: 65% - 85% (in chilled mode)
  • Refrigerant type: R-404A CFC-free foamed-in-place insulation
  • Bottom-air delivery: 64 CBM cargo space.

Container specifications

Description Imperial Metric
Description
Maximum payload
Imperial
64772 lb
Metric
29380 kg
Description
Dimensions
Imperial
40’ x 8’ x 9’6"
Metric
12192 x 2438 x 2896 mm
Description
Volume
Imperial
2261 cu. ft
Metric
64 cu. m
Description
Door openings width
Imperial
7’ 6 1/8”
Metric
2290 mm
Description
Door openings height
Imperial
8’ 4 11/16”
Metric
2557 mm
Description
Internal length
Imperial
37’ 11 13/16”
Metric
11578 mm
Description
Internal width
Imperial
7’ 6 1/8”
Metric
2290 mm
Description
Internal height to load line
Imperial
8’ 1 1/4”
Metric
2470 mm
Description
Weight gross
Imperial
74960 lb
Metric
34000 kg
Description
Weight tare
Imperial
10185 lb
Metric
4620 kg

40' High Cube - StarCare™

40' High Cube StarCare™

Payload: 29670 kg
Capacity: 67,5m 3 (2384 ft3)

The StarCare™ container is a Controlled Atmosphere (CA) system, designed to increase the shelf life of fruit and vegetables with high respiration levels, i.e. bananas, avocados and asparagus.

Special features:

  • Oxygen (O2) range: 2% - 21%
  • Carbon dioxide (CO2) range: 2% - 12%
  • Advanced membrane technology (for separation of CO2 molecules). Automatic fresh air intake.

Container specifications

Description Imperial Metric
Description
Maximum payload
Imperial
65410 lb
Metric
29670 kg
Description
Dimensions
Imperial
40’ x 8’ x 9’6"
Metric
12192 x 2438 x 2896 mm
Description
Volume
Imperial
2384 cu. ft
Metric
67,5 cu. m
Description
Door openings width
Imperial
7’ 6 1/8”
Metric
2290 mm
Description
Door openings height
Imperial
8’ 4 11/16”
Metric
2557 mm
Description
Internal length
Imperial
38’ 3/16”
Metric
11588 mm
Description
Internal width
Imperial
7’ 6 1/8”
Metric
2290 mm
Description
Internal height to load line
Imperial
8’ 1 1/4”
Metric
2470 mm
Description
Weight gross
Imperial
74960 lb
Metric
34000 kg
Description
Weight tare
Imperial
9550 lb
Metric
4330 kg

40' High Cube - Super Freezer

40' High Cube Super Freezer

Payload: 28880 kg
Capacity: 63,9m3 (2256 ft3)

Special features:

  • The Super Freezer is able to maintain temperatures as low as -60°C, which makes it an ideal solution for carriage of frozen tuna into the Japanese sushi and sashimi market.
  • By using a special Stuffie container, stuffing can be performed directly from the fishing vessel. This ensures the least possible temperature variations for the cargo.
  • Limited re-handling of the products to ensure optimal quality at destination.
  • An unbroken cold chain to the final place of delivery, including store door delivery Continuous cargo flow with weekly departures and arrivals create the best possible cash flow Products can be shipped in smaller quantities which effectively means extended season Reduced cold-storage costs.

Container Specifications

Description Imperial Metric
Description
Maximum payload
Imperial
60957 lb
Metric
27650 kg
Description
Dimensions
Imperial
45' x 8' x 9'6"
Metric
13716 x 2438 x 2896 mm
Description
Volume
Imperial
3040 cu. ft
Metric
86 cu. m
Description
Door openings width
Imperial
7' 8 1/8"
Metric
2340 mm
Description
Door openings height
Imperial
8' 5 3/4"
Metric
2585 mm
Description
Internal length
Imperial
44' 5 11/16"
Metric
13556 mm
Description
Internal, width
Imperial
7' 8 1/2"
Metric
2352 mm
Description
Internal, height to load line
Imperial
8' 10 1/8"
Metric
2698 mm
Description
Weight gross
Imperial
71650 lb
Metric
32500 kg
Description
Weight tare
Imperial
10692 lb
Metric
4850 kg
Special cargo

20' Open Top

20' Open Top

Payload: 28310 kg

Our special open top containers are available in lengths of 20’ and 40’ and have been designed for over-sized cargo that does not fit into a standard container.

They are equipped with removable roof bows and tarpaulin covers, and the cargo can easily be secured with lashing bars and bull rings.

Container specifications

Description Imperial Metric
Description
Maximum payload
Imperial
62420 lb
Metric
28310 kg
Description
Dimensions
Imperial
20’ x 8’ x 8’6"
Metric
6058x2438x2591 mm
Description
Door openings width
Imperial
7'8 - 1/8"
Metric
2340 mm
Description
Roof opening width
Imperial
7’ 4 21/32”
Metric
2252 mm
Description
Roof opening length
Imperial
18’ 7 45/64”
Metric
5682 mm
Description
Internal length
Imperial
19’ 4 13/64”
Metric
5898 mm
Description
Internal width
Imperial
7’ 8 19/32”
Metric
2352 mm
Description
Internal height
Imperial
7’ 8 7/16”
Metric
2348 mm
Description
Weight gross
Imperial
67200 lb
Metric
30480 kg
Description
Weight tare
Imperial
4780 lb
Metric
2170 kg

40' Open Top - High Cube

40' Open Top High Cube

Payload: 28400 kg

Our special open top containers are available in lengths of 20’ and 40’ and have been designed for over-sized cargo that does not fit into a standard container.

They are equipped with removable roof bows and tarpaulin covers, and the cargo can easily be secured with lashing bars and bull rings.

Container specifications

Description Imperial Metric
Description
Maximum payload
Imperial
62610 lb
Metric
28400 kg
Description
Dimensions
Imperial
40' x 8' x 9'6"
Metric
12192 x 2438 x 2896 mm
Description
Door openings width
Imperial
7'8 - 1/8"
Metric
2340 mm
Description
Roof opening width
Imperial
7’ 3 7/8”
Metric
2232 mm
Description
Roof opening length
Imperial
38’ 8 51/64”
Metric
11806 mm
Description
Internal length
Imperial
39'5-45/64"
Metric
12032 mm
Description
Internal width
Imperial
7'8-19/32"
Metric
2352 mm
Description
Internal height
Imperial
8’ 8 4/9”
Metric
2653 mm
Description
Weight gross
Imperial
71650 lb
Metric
32500 kg
Description
Weight tare
Imperial
8690 lb
Metric
3940 kg

40' High - Flat Rack Collapsible

40' High Flat Rack Collapsible

Payload: 47300 kg

Maersk has specific equipment for heavy cargo that requires special attention, or does not fit into a standard container. We provide flat racks in length of 20’ and 40’, with fixed or collapsible end-walls.

This equipment is suitable for top or side loading, and ideal for items such as heavy machinery, pipes and boats.

Container specifications

Description Imperial Metric
Description
Maximum payload
Imperial
104280 lb
Metric
47300 kg
Description
Dimensions
Imperial
40’ x 8’ x 9’6”
Metric
12192 x 2438 x 2896 mm
Description
Internal length
Imperial
38’ 2 ¾”
Metric
11652 mm
Description
Internal width
Imperial
7’ 9 7/16”
Metric
2374 mm
Description
Internal height
Imperial
7’ 4 29/30”
Metric
2260 mm
Description
Weight gross
Imperial
115742 lb
Metric
52500 kg
Description
Weight tare
Imperial
11464 lb
Metric
5200 kg
Dangerous cargo

What you need to prepare in advance, when shipping dangerous cargo

For smooth handling of your shipment, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the following.

1. Dangerous good classification

According to IMDG code, Dangerous Goods are classified into 9 different classes, plus a few sub-classes and are named with specific UN numbers.

Class 1 – Explosives

Class 1 – Explosives

Substance like Arms & Ammunition, Fireworks, Party Poppers, Cartridge & Pyrotechnic etc.

Class 2.1 – Flammable gases

Class 2.1 - Flammable gases

Substance like Aerosol, Lighters, Liquified Gas, Acetylene (For welding) Ethylene (for ripening fruits), Hydrogen (For Industrial use) etc.
Class 2.2 – Non-flammable, non-toxic gases

Class 2.2 - Non-flammable, non-toxic gases

Substance like Fire Extinguishers, Refrigerant Gas , Carbon di oxide( For Soft drink dispensing machine, Helium & Argon etc.

Class 2.3 – Toxic gases

Class 2.3 - Toxic gases

Substance like Chlorine, Ammonia (for industrial Freezing), Methyl bromide & Ethylene oxide (for fumigation) etc.

Class 3 – Flammable liquids

Class 3 - Flammable liquids

Substance like Paint, Varnish, Perfumery products, Adhesives, Resin solution, Printing ink, Dry cleaning fluids etc.

Class 4.1 – Flammable solids

Class 4.1 - Flammable solids

Substance like Matches, Sulphur Powder, Camphor, Naphthalene (balls), Paraformaldehyde, Borneol etc.
Class 4.2 – Spontaneously combustibles

Class 4.2 - Spontaneously combustibles

Substance like Phosphorus, Copra, Fish meal etc.
Class 4.3 – Dangerous when wet

Class 4.3 - Dangerous when wet

Substance like Calcium Carbide, Sodium, Ferrosilicon and Potassium metals.

Class 5.1 – Oxidizing substances

Class 5.1 - Oxidizing substances

Substance like Calcium hypochlorite, Hydrogen per oxide, Fertilisers Potassium Nitrate & Ammonium Nitrate, Hair colouring etc.

Class 5.2 – Organic peroxides

Class 5.2 - Organic peroxides

Substance like Hardeners, Fiberglass repair kit.
Class 6.1 – Toxic substances

Class 6.1 - Toxic substances

Substance like Pesticides, Sodium Cyanide for Metal treatment, Chromium Salt for electroplating & Tolune Diisocyanate etc.

Class 6.2 – Infectious substances

Class 6.2 – Infectious substances

Substance like Blood sample, Biological product derived from living organisms etc.

Class 7 – Radio active material

Class 7 - Radio active material

Substance like Industrial thickness measuring devices, for sterilisation of medical product, Smoke detector etc.

Class 8 – Corrosive substances

Class 8 - Corrosive substances

Substance like Dishwasher tablets, Acetic acid, Citric Acid, Caustic soda, Car & Truck Batteries etc.

Class 9 – Miscellaneous dangerous goods

Class 9 - Miscellaneous dangerous goods

Substance or article have dangerous properties not covered by classes from 1 to 8.

2. Packing group

According to how a Dangerous Goods shipment is packed, there are different levels of risk involved in the transportation. These are divided into:

  • Packing Group I - Substances presenting a high danger
  • Packing Group II - Substances presenting a medium danger
  • Packing Group III - Substances presenting a low danger

3. Proper shipping name (PSN)

Remember to always use the correct PSN when declaring your cargo, according to IMDG code. This will make it clear what the cargo is.

For example:

  • UNNO 1266, Chanel no.5 - incorrect
  • UNNO 1266, PERFUMERY PRODUCTS – correct

4. Dangerous goods documentation

In most cases we will need you to provide us with the Material Safety Datasheet (MSDS) and Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD). Depending on the case, we might need additional documentation such as Weathering Certificate, Certificate of Analysis (CoA) or Competent Authority Approval (CAA).

5. Emergency contact details

We might need to reach out to your emergency number to get more insights about your shipment. By providing the correct number you will help make sure we take any necessary action timely.

Reach out to us for more information

When you contact us, you will most likely be asked to provide correct information for all of the above categories.

Reach out to one of our local offices if you are unsure whether we can carry your cargo, or if you need more information on what documents to prepare.

More information

Maximum Payload: The maximum permitted mass of payload, including the dunnage and cargo securement arrangements that are not associated with the container in its normal operating condition.

Tare weight: Mass of empty container including all fittings and appliances associated with a particular type of container in its normal operating condition.

Maximum Gross weight: The maximum mass for operating a container, including the tare weight and the maximum payload.

Units expressed in kilograms.

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