Samskip has committed to enhancing multimodal as a transport option by introducing the next generation of 45ft curtain-sided containers, after full trials of new units designed for enhanced endurance.
The 45ft curtain-sided container meets transportation needs where ease of side access for loading and discharging of goods is a must. However, its unique advantage – the curtain sidewall – can at times also be its weakness, as it is vulnerable to damage compared to a regular 45ft container.
Samskip has worked on improving curtain-sider specifications to achieve the twin goals of better reliability and lower repair costs. Over the last two years, two prototype curtain-sided containers, built in China, have been tested extensively across Samskips service network.
The new curtain-sided container features improved damage-resistance, establishing further service reliability, through the following design enhancements:
New top rail protecting the curtain rail from damages from top and side
New curtain-runners top quality and able to resist very low temperatures
Stronger curtain by integrating reinforced belts
New type of ratchet (used to tighten and secure the curtain)
Additional lashing eyes inside and outside the container for better load securing
To date, 150 curtain-sided containers have been built. Samskip intends to phase out and replace older curtain-sided containers during the second half of 2016.