New hybrid container for breakbulk cargo launched

Transportation service provider ATS International has developed a new hybrid shipping container specially designed for the handling of breakbulk and oversized cargo, and was successfully test shipped from the Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport), Florida, to Puerto Rico. The company plans to order at least 100 units in 2017.

The new unit features lid and walls which can be lift off in a single top piece, allowing breakbulk and oversized cargo to be loaded directly onto a container bed, where the cargo is secured in place by special lashing hooks. The container’s top is replaced by a stacker or crane, allowing the Breakbulk Box to be handled like a standard shipping container.

ATS claimed that the 53 ft unit, which carries the seal of approval for ocean use by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)’s International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC), is designed to “move seamlessly” between trucks, rail and ship.

(CM)