Collapsible container could slash shipping costs

18 Jul 2017
Cost saving: Navlandis’s ZBox claims to be able to take the place of empty containers

Cost saving: Navlandis’s ZBox claims to be able to take the place of empty containers

A new collapsible 20ft container, which is currently in development, promises to save operators both money and space both at the terminal and in the supply chain.

Navlandis’s ZBox claims to be able to take the place of empty containers, which take up around 25% of sea traffic, slashing both logistics and transportation costs.

This is because five folded units can fit into the space occupied by a current standard container potentially reducing operating costs by up to 50% and CO emissions by up to 20%.

Miguel Navalón, CEO of Navlandis, said: “This container has the same strength as conventional containers. In addition, it can be handled with the same machinery at all freight ports and with minimum human resources, which will make operating costs much more competitive.”

The technology is still at prototype stage but reportedly has the backing of the Port of Valencia. Navlandis said that a good number of shipping companies have shown interest too.

Navlandis said that the 20-foot container complies with all ISO and CSC certifications, ensuring all loading, resistance and watertightness requirements of the logistics industry, with the same dimensions as a standard container.

In addition, it is manufactured with the same parts as the standards require.

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