Refrigerated Shipping Container Specifications

Refrigerated containers (also known as reefer containers) are used when certain goods, such as; fruit, flowers, vegetables, meat and dairy products need to be transported at a constant low temperature. Refrigerated containers have a fully integral refrigeration machine which is capable of holding internal temperatures between +25 & -25 degrees centigrade. They are available as 20ft and 40ft containers designed to ISO regulations.

When refrigerated containers are at freight terminals they are connected to the terminals power supply, whilst travelling on a vessel the containers are connected to the ships power supply system, alternatively they can be fitted with ‘power packs’ which use diesel generators to power the cooling system, these generators are also used when the container is being transported by road or rail. Refrigerated containers can also be equipped with hook rails which meat and other goods can be neatly hung from. Refrigerated containers are also available as high cube

Container Specifications

Max Gross Weight:  30,480kgs (67,200 lb)

Tare Weight: 3,000 kg (6,610 lb)

Payload: 27, 480 kg (60,950 lb)

External Dimensions:

Length: 6,058mm (19′-10″)

Width: 2,438mm (8′-0″)

Height: 2,591mm (8′-6″)

Internal Dimensions:

Length: 5,456 mm (19′-10″)

Width: 2,294 mm (8′-0″)

Height: 2,591 mm (8′-6″)

Lashings / Bottom Rail: 4 Pieces / Side, 6 Pieces / Side

Loading Line (Height): 2,198 mm (7′-2″), 2,152 mm (7’3/4″)

Door Opening:

Width: 2,290 mm (7′-6″)

Height: 2,264 mm (7′-5″)


Cubic Capacity: 28.4 m3 (1,017 ft.3)

Max Gross Weight: 32.500 kg (71.650 lb)

Tare Weight: 4,920 kg (10,846 lb)

Payload: 27,480 kg (60,803 lb)

External Dimensions:

Length: 2,192 mm (40′-0″)

Width: 2,438 mm (8′-0″)

Height: 2,591 mm (8′-6″)

Internal Dimensions:

Length: 11,577 mm (37′-11″)

Width: 2,438 mm (8′-0″)

Height: 2,591 mm (8′-6″)

Lashings / Bottom Rail: 6 Pieces / Side

Loading Line (Height): 2,457 (8′)

Door Opening:

Width: 2,290 mm (7′-6″)

Height: 2,264 mm (7′-5″)


Cubic Capacity: 59.8 m3 (2.111.8 ft.3)


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