Seaco announce new palletwide container – combining the best of the CPC and Seacell
Seaco – one of the world’s leading leasing companies, and the largest lessor of Special Containers – has announced the launch of the SeaPC+. The container is intended to combine the best features of its 40’ high cube Cellular Palletwide Container, or CPC, and its SeaCell unit.
“Following our merger of the fleets of Seaco and Cronos in January 2015, we found ourselves owning two previously competing types of cellular palletwide container,” commented Global VP Marketing, Nigel Lawton. “We were concerned that we might have to choose one of these container types over the other, thereby disappointing some customers who may have their own preference.”
Cellular palletwide containers are capable of carrying two Europallets units side-by-side while still fitting into conventional slots on container ships. Even for non-palletised cargo, internal space is increased by >3%.
“Both containers clearly do the job of carrying more cargo than a standard dry van, but there were some differences between them. For example, SeaCells have conventional container doors with external locking bars. On the other hand, the CPC has narrow sidewall corrugations maximising the clearance between containers on board ship. Other customers told us that they like the rubbing strip on the lower part of the CPC sidewall, as it helps when you’re loading using a fork-lift. So we have incorporated all of these benefits into the SeaPC+”
SeaPC+ is also Seaco’s first investment in high tensile steel containers. This gives the SeaPC+ great strength with a lower tare weight and higher payload. This further increases the amount of cargo that can be carried in a single container, thus saving on cost and contributing to the environment.
Jeremy Matthew, Seaco CEO, concluded, “Seaco is constantly listening to its customers, looking for ways to improve the value they receive from leasing containers. SeaPC+ is the latest development in our Specials fleet that gives significant benefits over standard dry van units. We’re looking forward to showing the container to our customers and already have several signed up to trial it.”