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SECU (container)

SECU, Stora Enso Cargo Unit, is a type of intermodal container (shipping container) built to transport bulk cargo like paper on railway and ship.

A SECU looks like a standard 40-foot ISO Container but is bigger, measuring 13.8×3.6×3.6 m (45×12×12 ft) and which can carry 80 tonnes (79 long tons; 88 short tons) of cargo. This is compared to the normal 12.2×2.7×2.4 m (40.0×8.9×7.9 ft) size and 26.5-tonne (26.1-long-ton; 29.2-short-ton) capacity of an ISO Container.

A SECU is too big and heavy to be transported on road (ISO-Containers are designed to fit roads), and instead they are transported only by railway and ship. A special vehicle or crane is used to load and unload them.[1] Special railcars are also needed. They can be transported on truck ferries, but they don't fit normal container ships.

The benefit is that their much higher weight reduces the number of containers and therefore reduces handling cost. The drawback is that special solutions are needed.

They are invented and used by Oulu, and in consumer countries Zeebrugge, Tilbury, Immingham and Lübeck.

See also


  1. ^ Kalmar power to drive Stora Enso cargo units operation for Port of Kotka

External links

  • Stora Enso launches a joint Transport Supply System for the Nordic mills
  • RailNetEurope 2005-12-02 Stora Enso Transport and Distribution
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