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

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,....

UNIT45 rental fleet set to top 2000 containers


Unprecedented demand for 45ft palletwide containers has prompted UNIT45 B.V., the Dutch 45ft container specialist, to increase the size of its orderbook for new containers intended for its rental fleet. Having said six months ago that...

Bilbao ideal for UNIT45


For the Dutch 45ft container specialist UNIT45, ITL 2005 could not be happening in a better place. The company is seeing increasing interest in...