Up-to-date news on intermodal transport and developments within UNIT45.

UNIT45 puts faith in diesel-electric high-cubes


Rotterdam based reefer box designer UNIT45 has recently introduced a new diesel-electric 45ft high-cube container, which is capable of accommodating 33 pallets. Of the 400 reefer units the company expects to sell this year, the new design will...

Easy access with UNIT45's curtainsider


Shortsea shipping lines and intermodal operators usually consider road transport operators their main competitors. One advantage often claimed for trailers is that most offer side access, enabling pallets to be loaded and unloaded by forklift trucks operating at ground level, without the need for raised loading bays or ramps. Side access also provides...

Permitting 45ft standard containers


There is currently discussion as to whether 45ft containers as used by deepsea lines should be given some form of dispensation allowing them to be transported on Europe’s roads after 1 January 2007. Although such containers built since 1996 have not been legal in most European Union (EU) countries for ten years, the relevant laws have not been enforced. Now though, effective next year, the ban will cover all 45ft containers...

The true European Intermodal Unit


Reports appearing recently in the press have suggested that “as of 1 January, 2007, it will be illegal to transport 45ft palletwide containers by road in the European Union (EU)”. In the opinion of UNIT45 and, we are sure, in the opinion of all leading European intermodal and shortsea shipping companies,....

45ft container breaks through


The 45ft container is breaking through as a standard in the European intermodal transport. This appeared from detailed transshipment figures over 2005 from Havenbedrijf Rotterdam (Port of Rotterdam). UNIT45 B.V., the biggest supplier of 45ft containers,...

Deepsea goodnight


When first introduced, the 45ft deepsea container was intended for use in the transpacific trades. However, such containers are now widely used in the trades linking Europe with Asia and North America. What is not widely appreciated is that when they are transported on roads within the EU, most of these containers are being moved illegally. And with effect from 1 January 2007,....