Thursday, July 9, 2009
Search: how big is a standard shipping container
Why: Looking at some weird houses made of them. Also, little Dexter witnessed some gruesome business inside a storage container.
Answer: "Almost all containers today that you see on ships, trains or in loading yards, are between 40 ft (12.2 m) and 45 ft (13.7 m). Typically, most are 40-ft and have a capacity of 2 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units)."
"A standard ISO 20 foot freight container has inside dimensions of 19’5” (length) by 7’8” (wide) by 7’9.5” (high). The container itself weighs 4189 pounds, and has a dry capacity of 48,721 pounds, and a volume of 1,165 cubic feet."
"The containerization system developed from a design of an 8-foot (2.438 m) cube (2.44 m×2.44 m×2.44 m) units used by the United States' military and later standardised by extension to 10-foot (3.05 m), 20-foot (6.10 m), and 40-foot (12.19 m) lengths."
Source: Port25.Technet.com, ruk.ca, Wikipedia
The More You Know: Here is a whole list of specifications. The ones that are 40 or 45 ft long are all 8 ft wide.