Cargoshell Collapsible Shipping Containers: A Greener and Flatter Way to Transport Goods

Shipping containers play an integral role in moving goods from one location to another.  A Dutch company, Cargoshell, has designed an innovative collapsible shipping container that may soon revolutionize the way products are transported.  

While traditional containers can transport an enormous amount of cargo, when the containers are empty, they take up a massive amount of space that is not utilized.   On the other hand, the volume of a folded Cargoshell container is one-fourth the size of a steel container, reducing space up to 75 percent.   Touted as the “container concept of the 21st century,” it takes one person less than 30 seconds to fold and unfold the container.

Just watch (and listen, if you speak Dutch)…

And besides saving space, the folded containers can be moved more efficiently too.  Constructed out of composite materials, fiber reinforced plastics, the Cargoshell weighs less than steel containers, reducing fuel costs. Composite materials are also good insulators which is important for temperature-controlled transports.  Internal condensation is reduced.  And because composites do not corrode, no protective coating or paint is needed.

Instead of doors that swing outward in traditional containers, the Cargoshell has a handy roll-up front for easy access, allowing more containers to be packed closer together.

And just in case the containers happen to fall overboard, float bags have been installed in the sidewalls of the Cargoshell. Instead of sinking to the ocean floor, the containers will remain afloat and can be easily tracked with the built-in GPS system.

A track and tracing system is also part of the concept. Because composite material does not interfere with radio signals, transceivers can be placed anywhere.

The collapsible container not only takes less space and weighs less than traditional steel containers; CO2-emissions are also reduced. The Cargoshell creates less CO2 to manufacture the products compared to the steel counterparts.

The Cargoshell will also reduce operational costs for businesses.  Storage and shipping costs will be reduced. Repair and maintenance costs will be reduced and because of the composite material used in the containers, fewer products will be contaminated.

The Cargoshell concept, full of potential,  is still being developed.  One of the company’s main goals is to obtain a green energy label. While the Cargoshell containers have numerous sustainable and energy saving benefits, the cost of the container may be a factor.

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