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A Comprehensive Guide to ISO Tank Containers: Types and Applications

ISO Tank containers

Photo 280810315 | Iso Container Tank © Artinun Prekmoung | 

In the intricate world of container shipping, versatility and efficiency are paramount. Among the many container options available, ISO tank containers stand out as innovative solutions that have revolutionized the transportation of liquid cargo. At VS&B Containers, we believe in providing our clients with insights into the latest trends and technologies in the industry. In this blog, we'll dive deep into ISO tank containers, exploring their types, applications, and how they can benefit your logistics needs. 

Understanding ISO Tank Containers 

Types of ISO Tank Containers 

ISO tank containers come in various types, each designed for specific cargo types and transportation requirements: 

  1. Standard Tank Containers: These are the most common type, designed for the transport of non-hazardous and non-refrigerated liquids like water, oils, and food-grade products. 

  1. Reefer Tank Containers: Equipped with advanced temperature control systems, reefer tank containers are ideal for perishable goods such as fruits, vegetables, and chemicals that require precise temperature management. 

  1. Gas Tank Containers: Designed for the safe transport of liquefied gases, including propane, butane, and other petrochemicals. These containers adhere to strict safety standards. 

  1. Swap Body Tank Containers: Swap body tank containers are designed for road, rail and short-sea (ferry) transport in specific markets. Primarily offered in the European market, the swap body design allows for larger tank capacities than standard ISO tanks containers. 

Applications of ISO Tank Containers 

ISO tank containers have found applications across various industries, offering several advantages: 

  1. Chemical Industry: ISO tank containers are extensively used to transport a wide range of chemicals, including hazardous materials. Their design ensures the integrity and safety of the cargo. 

  1. Food and Beverage Industry: Reefer tank containers play a pivotal role in transporting perishable goods like fruit juices, wines, and dairy products, maintaining the required temperature throughout the journey. 

  1. Pharmaceutical Industry: The pharmaceutical sector relies on ISO tank containers to transport critical medical supplies and pharmaceutical ingredients, ensuring product integrity. 

  1. Energy Sector: Gas tank containers are indispensable for transporting liquefied gases used in various industrial processes, such as petrochemical refining. 

  1. Environmental Solutions: ISO tank containers can also be repurposed for eco-friendly applications like storing and transporting non-potable water for industrial use or emergency response situations. 

In conclusion, ISO tank containers are a versatile and efficient solution for transporting liquid cargo across industries.  

VS&B Containers, headquartered in Chennai, began operations in 1996. The company offers a wide variety of containers, both newly built and used, and custom-built units that can be directly shipped from our manufacturing facilities to your preferred destinations across the world. We also operate a leased fleet of over 30,000 containers for both international leasing and domestic leasing (within India). If you have container requirements, do drop us an email at and a member of our team will reach out to assist you.   

Furthermore, iInterchange Systems (A VS&B group company) provides state-of-the-art software solutions tailored specifically to meet the needs of container shipping and logistics enterprises. Please visit for more details.  

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