Ocean Freight Containers: Types, Sizes, and Selection Guide for Efficient Shipping

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May 7, 2024 | Uncategorized


Navigating the complex world of logistics and international trade requires a deep understanding of the best tools and methods available for transporting goods. Selecting the right type of shipping container can significantly impact the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of your shipments. Midwest Transatlantic Lines, Inc. (MTA), commonly known throughout the industry as MTA Lines, offers a broad range of container types and sizes, ensuring that your cargo is transported in the most suitable, secure, and economical manner possible.

General Purpose and High Cube Containers

MTA provides General Purpose Containers in both 20′ and 40′ sizes, which are perfect for a wide array of general cargoes. These containers are the backbone of global trade, offering a robust and secure environment for your goods. For cargoes requiring a bit more space, MTA’ High Cube Containers, available in 40′ and 45′ sizes, offer additional height and volume, making them ideal for taller items and lightweight goods that require more space without additional weight.

High Cube Containers: Maximizing Capacity

The High Cube Containers from MTA are particularly beneficial for transporting light, voluminous cargoes such as furniture, cotton, or tobacco. With an extra foot in height compared to standard containers, these units allow for significant space optimization, thus reducing shipping costs per cubic meter. Whether you are shipping domestically or internationally, these containers ensure that your cargo arrives in top condition, providing you with peace of mind and cost-efficiency.

Specialized Container Options: Hardtop and Open Top

For cargoes that exceed the dimensions of standard containers or need special handling, MTA offers Hardtop Containers in 20′ and 40′ sizes, which feature a removable top to facilitate the loading of heavy or bulky items from above using a crane. Similarly, Open Top Containers are available for goods that need to be loaded from the top or are too tall for standard containers. These containers are essential for shipping oversized items such as machinery or tall equipment.

Open Top Containers: Simplifying Complex Shipments

Utilizing Open Top Containers from MTA simplifies the process of shipping complex cargo configurations. The ability to load from the top or sides can significantly expedite the loading and unloading process, reduce labor costs, and minimize the risk of damage during handling, providing an efficient solution for non-standardized cargo.

Flat Racks, Platforms, and More: Tailored for Oversized Cargo

MTAs’ Flat Racks and Platform containers are designed to accommodate oversized or heavy cargo that doesn’t fit into standard containers. These include 20′ flat racks and 40′ high cube flats, which are ideal for heavy machinery, construction equipment, and large vehicles. Additionally, Ventilated Containers in 20′ sizes are offered for cargoes that require air flow, such as coffee and cocoa, to prevent condensation and spoilage.

Special Containers for Specialized Needs

Refrigerated Containers from MTA, available in 20′ and 40′ high cube sizes, provide controlled temperatures for transporting perishable goods. These containers are crucial for maintaining the quality and freshness of products like fruits, meat, and pharmaceuticals across long distances. Moreover, MTA provides Tank Containers for safely transporting liquids and gasses, ensuring that hazardous materials are handled with the utmost care and compliance.

The Mafi Trailer: RoRo Shipping Made Easy

For cargoes that are not suitable for standard containers due to their size or shape, MTA offers the Mafi Trailer solution. These trailers are used predominantly with RoRo ships and are perfect for items such as boats, cranes, or cars that are driven onto the ship and secured on the deck. This method simplifies handling and maximizes safety and space utilization on RoRo vessels.

Container Storage and Handling on Ships

On container ships, MTA ensures that every container type, from refrigerated units to open tops, is correctly placed and secured in designated areas, both on deck and below in the cargo holds. Special containers, such as refrigerated ones, are connected to the ship’s power grid to maintain necessary conditions throughout the voyage. Mafi Trailers, used on RoRo ships, are rolled onto the vessel and secured on the deck, facilitating straightforward loading and unloading.


MTA is dedicated to providing comprehensive logistics solutions with a wide range of container types to meet the diverse needs of modern trade. By choosing the correct type of container, clients can save on shipping costs, reduce the risk of cargo damage, and ensure compliance with international shipping standards. Contact MTA today to find out how our versatile container options and expert logistics services can enhance your shipping operations, making your global trade processes as efficient and reliable as possible.

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