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Open Top Container

Open Top Container


Open top containers, as the name suggests, are shipping containers that have an open top, which means they lack a solid roof and can be loaded or unloaded from the top. The open top of this type of container is beneficial for types of cargo that are too high and can’t fit into standard shipping containers. As with all our shipping containers, you can either hire or purchase our open tops in 20ft or 40ft lengths.    

Open top shipping containers are flexible and convenient when it comes to loading and unloading cargo. Their open roof helps cranes, forklifts, hiab cranes and other lifting equipment to place goods straight into the container, which saves you time, labour and costs especially if whatever you are storing is too tall to fit into a standard shipping container.  

Uses and applications    

  • Storing machinery, equipment, or structures that cannot fit within the dimensions of a standard container
  • Storing bulk goods such as grains, coal, ores, construction materials, scrap metal, and other loose commodities that can be loaded from the top
  • Storing large pipes, tanks, or sculptures, can be accommodated in open top containers.  

Features of the open top container  

  • Removable top which offers some level of protection against rain and other environmental factors
  • Equipped with strong, reinforced top rails and corner fittings  
  • Standard doors, which allow easy loading and unloading of goods from both ends
  • The lack of a roof allows for storing over-height load
  • Storing heavy and cargo
  • Available loading from the top and from the door side  
  • Built-in lashing bars to fasten tarpaulins or covers
  • Available covers upon request  
  • Built-in forklift pockets
  • Lashing devices on the top and bottom longitudinal rails and the corner posts up to 1,000 kg
  • Steel floor available

Suitable for many industries  

Our open top shipping containers are commonly used in industries that require loading and unloading of cargo from the top or when the cargo's height exceeds the internal height of enclosed shipping containers. Some of the industries that use open top containers include construction, mining, agriculture, and oil and gas. If you have equipment that needs storing or transporting that is too tall, hire or purchase our open top containers by filling out an enquiry online or contacting our sales or hire team 0800 023 5060.

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Our Accreditations:
Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce
British Association of Removers
Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
Construction Plant Hire Association
Road Haulage Association
Self Storage Association
BV Cert ISO 9001, 14001, 45001