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20 & 40' Open Top

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Description 20'  20' Heavy 40'
Inside Length 5.894 m 5.894 m 12.027 m
Inside Width 2.344 m 2.344 m 2.344 m
Inside Height 2.347 m 2.347 m 2.347 m
Door opening Width 2.336 m 2.336 m 2.336 m
Door opening Height 2.275 m 2.275 m 2.275 m
Volume 31.500 m³ 31.500 m³ 67.000 m³ 
Max. Gross Weight 24,000 kg 30,480 kg 30,480 kg
Tare Weight 2,140 kg 2,250 kg 3,800 kg
Max Payload 21,860 kg 28,230 kg 26,680 kg



Open-top containers are used for all types of general cargo (dry cargo). Their principal uses are as follows:

  • packing and unpacking from above or through the doors by crane or crab
  • tall cargo


The walls of open-top containers are generally made of corrugated steel. The floor is made of wood.

It has the following typical distinguishing structural features. The roof consists of removable bows and a removable tarpaulin. The door header may be swiveled out.

These two structural 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 the door header is swiveled out.

It should be noted, however, that the purpose of the roof bows of an open-top container is not solely to support the tarpaulin but also to contribute to container stability. Flatracks are therefore more suitable for over height cargoes.

Lashing rings, to which the cargo may be secured, are installed in the upper and lower side rails and the corner posts. The lashing rings may take loads of up to 1,000 kg.
Usual open-top container dimensions are 20' and 40'.