Characteristics of Offshore Containers
Offshore container refers to the container used for offshore or inland waterway transportation, compared with the ocean-going container has the following main features:
1. Simple structure. Offshore container structure is relatively simple, generally will not set too many reinforcement and loadbearing parts, mainly rely on the basic framework to provide support, the production cost is lower.
2. Smaller size. Offshore container specifications are generally small, such as 20' standard container and 10' container, easy to operate and assembly in the offshore and inland waterway transport.
3. Average load capacity. Offshore container load limit is usually around 10 tons, much lower than the ocean container 30-40 tons, to meet the requirements of offshore transport.
4. Poor protection. Offshore container of wind, wave and rain protection is poor, the basic frame and panel is thin, not as special processing and design of ocean-going containers, the applicability is poor.
5. Bulk cargo transport more. Offshore container is generally more for bulk and semi-bulk transport, less for the whole container transport, the goods are relatively more loose some.
6. Short service life. Offshore container design focus on cost, materials and structure is relatively simple, life expectancy is generally 8-12 years.
7. Low rental cost. Due to the poor performance and quality, the rent and related costs of the offshore container is also relatively low, the cost is more economical.
In summary, the offshore container has a simple structure, small size, general load capacity, poor protection, short service life and low rent. Offshore contianer is suitable for short distance offshore and inland river container transport, with its economic cost to meet the basic transport requirements. But the performance and service life is poor, not suitable for long-distance and cross-sea container transportation. As an entry-level product for container transportation, offshore container has a high threshold of use and potential demand space, but there is also a large room for technical improvement, and the future can continue to optimize the structure and improve performance indicators while controlling costs.