New Container Technology to Lower Handling Charges
The completion of the first trial shipment of the Tworty Box has moved the development of this new type of 20 foot container technology a step further. Developed by Hamburg-based Tworty Gmbh and built by German manufacturer Drehtainer, the Tworty box – is comprised of two 20 foot containers that can be coupled together to form one 40 foot container.
At the beginning of April, the Tworty Box in its coupled condition was loaded on board OOCL’s container vessel OOCL Montreal. As a 40 foot unit, the coupled boxes were loaded with 20 tonnes of break bulk cargo which consisted of mostly car parts and granulate for Canadian consignees.
The Tworty Box is designed with the 20 foot container having been built with doors at both ends. The second set of doors only opens and closes from the inside. Once combined with a second Tworty Box, the internal doors can be fixed to the container’s ceiling to create a single 40 foot container.
The company is marketing this design to shipping lines on the basis of lowering the costs associated with the repositioning of empty containers, as well as additional savings for storage costs. In essence, by combining two 20 foot containers the shipping lines could save up to 50% on handling costs at container terminals, although some additional costs could be incurred with the coupling and de-coupling of the units.
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