Sea container capacity & measurements

The storage capacity of a container depends on its size. The most well-known and widely used containers are 20- (20’DC) and 40- (40’DC) foot containers. However, to meet the diverse needs of freight transportation, containers with larger storage capacity are used: e.g. 40’HC, a foot higher of the above-mentioned, and 40’PW and 45’HCPW in which standard size (EUR-, FIN-) pallets can be loaded side by side. The internal measurements of the containers may slightly vary.

Container sizes in metric system (metres):

Parameters 20’ DC 40’DC 40’HC 40’PW 45’ HCPW
Cubage (m3) 33,1 67,6 76,2 69,8 88,7
Max. weight (t) 21,6 26,7 26,5 26,7 29,5
External
    Length 6,058 12,192 12,192 12,192 13,716
    Width 2,438 2,438 2,438 2,500 2,500
    Height 2,591 2,591 2,896 2,591 2,896
Internal
    Length 5,902 12,032 12,032 12,039 13,553
    Width 2,350 2,350 2,350 2,435 2,426
    Height 2,390 2,390 2,695 2,376 2,684
Door openings
    Width 2,338 2,338 2,338 2,338 2,442
    Height 2,280 2,280 2,580 2,280 2,568