Containerization is a system of intermodal freight transport using intermodal containers (also called shipping containers and ISO containers and Refrigerated containers).
The containers have standardized dimensions. They can be loaded and unloaded, stacked, transported efficiently over long distances, and transferred from one mode of transport to another—container ships, rail transport flatcars, and semi-trailer trucks—without being opened. The handling system is completely mechanized so that all handling is done with cranes and special forklift trucks. All containers are numbered and tracked using computerized systems. Containerization also reduced congestion in ports, significantly shortened shipping time and reduced losses from damage and theft.
As such, depending on the type of products to be shipped or the special services needed from them, container units may vary in dimension, structure, materials, construction etc. several types of shipping containers are being used today to meet requirements of all kinds of cargo shipping. Some of the most common types of shipping containers in use today are mentioned below.
DRY STORAGE CONTAINER
FLAT RACK CONTAINER
OPEN TOP CONTAINER
OPEN SIDE STORAGE CONTAINER
DOUBLE DOORS CONTAINER
REFRIGERATED ISO CONTAINERS
HALF HEIGHT CONTAINERS
CARGO STORAGE ROLL CONTAINER
INSULATED OR THERMAL CONTAINERS
Why Ocean Container Insurance?
Empty container insurance is considered to be important because anything could happen to your cargo when you are shipping containers overseas. Poor packaging or securing of your freight container or an ocean vessel could cause massive damage. If your containers have empty space the cargo might shuffle and also increase a chance of moisture damage. Robbery of containers is also a major issue. When container damage occurs the shippers might face a financial dilemma. Hence, it is important to get cargo insurance for your ocean freight.
Cargo Container insurance safeguards the box from any road accidental damages or external visible damages. Since these containers are used over a period of at least 10 years and moves from country to country, they are insured for only basic risk or ITC B. Any internal damages or handling damages are not covered. Thousands of containers move on Indian roads and they need to be insured. They are insured on a return journey basis. RKinsure specializes in container insurance be it open policy or specific transit policies.