Our COS design takes the COLLAPSECON to the next level by collapsing or expanding containers at rapid speed and therefore scale to drive the cost, productivity and environmental savings for our Customers.


The Challenge

While the global container fleet size continues to grow, innovation has stagnated, creating an increasing $34 billion global headache for the shipping industry unless innovative solutions are adopted. The container evolution is now. While the global container fleet size continues to grow, innovation has stagnated creating an increasing $34 billion global headache for the shipping industry unless innovative solutions are adopted.

Container fleets are being stretched beyond their intended life spans and require replacement.

Shippers are demanding improved efficiencies and greater sustainable solutions across their supply chains.

The global container fleet has now surpassed 42 million and will continue to grow 6% YoY through 2025.

Empty parks, container terminals and port precincts are overflowing with empty containers impacting land usage and the urban environment.

As trade and container fleets continue to grow, the problem will get bigger, more expensive and more environmentally damaging.


How COS Address Supply Chain Visibility

Spectainer’s fully automated and patented COLLAPSECON OPERATING STATION (COS) is patented and designed to complement your COLLAPSECON fleet.

Fully Automated

Unlike other collapsible container designs, which require manual labour and costly machinery to collapse and expand containers, the fully-automated COLLAPSECON and COS system will keep staff safe at all times.


COS is designed to collapse and expand your fleet of COLLASECON in under 2 minutes, creating a ‘COLLAPSECON Block’ that’ is ready to go at all times.


With complete mobility, COS is packed into 4 COLLAPSECON units for easy transport and re-deployment between your customers, empty parks, terminals either locally, regionally or internationally.

What makes COS different

The world’s first fully automated shipping container collapsing station (COS) designed with safety, speed and scalability in mind.


19m x 19m x 7m
62.3 ft x 62.3 ft x 22.9 ft
Weight 56,000 t

Power Supply
Standard 415v 120 A MIN

Operation Fully automated
Container in feed Remotely operated from separate control room
Auto shut off 12 infrared sensors ensure accurate feed/operation
Collapsing per container 3 mins
Expanding per container 3 mins
Method Horizontal
Infeed/Outfeed Reach Stacker (30t rated for combined removal)

Location Flexibility Designed to be packed into 4 40’COLLAPSECON’s plus the control unit and be fully mobile within 24 hrs.


Empowering Every Stakeholder

Spectainer’s ‘Eco-system’ has a positive impact through the entire global supply chain, allowing you to cut your operating costs, optimise your productivity and reduce your environmental impact.

Shipping Lines

  • The Spectainer ‘Eco-system’ will deliver substantial cost, productivity, and environmental benefits for you will provide savings in an empty park and terminal fees, stevedoring, vessel port stay, stowage, fuel consumption, retows, and total voyage duration.

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Shippers & Consignees

  • Provides real-time supply chain visibility, safety and security, allowing Shippers and Consignees to support Carriers that meet the cost and productivity savings required and, more importantly, your clean/green credentials.

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Infrastructure & Ports

  • Empty parks, container terminals and port operators can optimise their land utilisation by up to 4 times, increasing revenue, maximising their productivity and ensuring a greener/greener urban environment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The COLLASECON and COLLAPSECON OPERATING STATION (COS) is designed and engineered to work in tandem to achieve complete automation, speed and scale. COLLAPSECON cannot be collapsed or expanded manually. Other designs require manual labour and costly machinery in an unsafe working environment to collapse or expand containers. Collapsing or expanding containers in 15 minutes was unacceptable. It was non-negotiable for COLLAPSECON to collapse or expand in under 2 minutes.

With speed comes scale, and because each operation takes less than 2 minutes, Spectainer now offers the opportunity to implement the COLLASECON Ecosystem globally, including the major trade routes of Asia/Europe, Asia/WC North America, Asia EC North America and the Transatlantic. These economies of scale will optimise the cost, productivity and environmental benefits of the Spectainer ‘Eco-system’. Savings will be incremental per the volume of COLLASPECON’s and COS’s leased.

Each business is different, as are the needs of your Customers. Spectainer will work with each Customer to understand and identify the optimal number of COS required to operate your COLLAPSECON fleet. Whether located at a Customers premises, a transport depot, a railhead/ramp, an inland barge terminal, an empty container park or container terminal, the COS is the heartbeat of your scalable operation, driving the cost, productivity and environmental savings for you.

The COS dimensions are approx 19.5m x 19.5m x 7m). Given the COS is collapsing 40’ HC COLLPSECON’s into COLLAPSECON Blocks of 4 containers, the COS needs to be this size. The footprint contains all the innovative technology, automation and safety systems required to give COS the necessary speed and scale. The COS weighs approximately 56T, which is intentional to combat high wind scenarios in empty parks and container terminals, ensuring 100% safety during collapse or expansion.

Yes - the COS is fully mobile and can be redeployed. The COS is modular and designed to pack into 4 x 40’ HC COLLASECON’s enabling it to be moved locally, regionally or international as the needs of your business change.

COS is designed with 100% safety in mind. The operator is stationed at a safe working distance from the fully-automated operation. The COS will automatically cut power and stop should it detect misalignment through any of its inbuilt sensors.

Naturally, there is a fear of change, and that’s understandable, but global trade demand is set to continue, with Drewry forecasting growth of 6% YoY through until 2025. This growth requires substantial investment in new vessel capacity and new and replacement equipment, all while the industry faces the extreme challenges of decarbonisation and a congested supply chain.