What is intermodal?
Intermodal freight transport involves the transportation of freight in an intermodal container or vehicle, using multiple modes of transportation (e.g., rail, ship, and truck), without any handling of the freight itself when changing modes. The method reduces cargo handling, and so improves security, reduces damage and loss, and allows freight to be transported faster. Reduced costs over road trucking is the key benefit for inter-continental use. This may be offset by reduced timings for road transport over shorter distances.
Variation of Containers
- Containers vary but the pin systems remain constant on ships and trains
- Marine Standard 20’/40’/45’
- Domestic Standard 53’
- Other Types:
- Bulk for minerals, heavy machinery