Container specifications

We can provide a container for just the kind of cargo you have. Browse through the specifications and find what you are looking for

Container types and sizes

Please note! Dimensions are a guideline only. For exact dimensions and container directions, please contact Blue Water Shipping.
Containers for heavy cargo are available on request.

20' Dry

Length: 5.90 m
Width: 2.34 m
Height: 2.38 m

Door width: 2.34 m
Door height: 2.28 m
Max payload: 26.00 t

20' Open top

Length: 5.90 m
Width: 2.34 m
Height: 2.28 m

Door width: 2.33 m
Door height: 2.24 m
Max payload: 26.00 t
Roof opening: 5.67 x 2.25 m

20' Flat rack

Length: 5.90 m
Width: 2.34 m
Height: 2.21 m



Max payload:
28.00 t

40' Dry

Length: 12.03 m
Width: 2.34 m
Height: 2.38 m

Door width: 2.34 m
Door height: 2.28 m
Max payload: 28.00 t

40' Dry high-cube

Length: 12.03 m
Width: 2.34 m
Height: 2.69 m

Door width: 2.34 m
Door height: 2.58 m
Max payload: 28.00 t

40' Reefer high-cube

Length: 11.58 m
Width: 2.28 m
Height: 2.54 m

Door width: 2.27 m
Door height: 2.54 m
Max payload: 28.00 t

40' Open top

Length: 12.02 m
Width: 2.34 m
Height: 2.28 m

Door width: 2.34 m
Door height: 2.24 m
Max payload: 27.00 t
Roof opening: 11.80 x 2.19 m

40' Flat rack

Length: 11.65 m
Width: 2.37 m
Height: 1.97 m



Max payload:
39.00 t

45' Dry high-cube

Length: 13.58 m
Width: 2.34 m
Height: 2.69 m

Door width: 2.34 m
Door height: 2.58 m
Max payload: 26.00 t

Which container size should I use?

We often get this question from our customers.

The container size and price for shipping a container may vary by type of cargo. On this page you can find an overview of the different container types, including sizes and dimensions. Most containers can be used across modes of transport e.g., containers for shipping sea freight can also be used for transporting cargo by road.

The dimensions of the container determine the freight rate, and the choice of container and size also depend on the type of cargo and how large a quantity you need shipped. At Blue Water, we have specialists to guide and advise our customers in choosing a container and transport solution.

Although containers have fixed dimensions, there are of course several different types to choose from, ensuring that your type and quantity of cargo match the choice of container. On this page you can find descriptions of 20 'dry containers, 20' open top containers, 20' flat rack containers, 40' dry containers, 40’ dry high-cube containers, 40' reefer high-cube containers, 40' open top containers, 40' flat rack containers and 45' dry high-cube containers.

The size of the containers is standardised world-wide to ensure high efficiency when handling on board ships, in ports and onshore. With standard container dimensions, it is possible for all cargo ships to stack the containers safely no matter where in the world they are picked up. The standard containers are also called ISO containers due to the flexible and multimodal applications provided by the International Organization for Standardization.