COLLAPSECON is the next evolution of shipping containers – a fully automated collapsible container that will improve operational efficiencies, deliver economic savings and reduce environmental impact across the supply chain, all without requiring a fundamental change to the industry or global trade.

The Challenge

Innovation the industry has been waiting for

The total container fleet size is growing to unsustainable levels. Innovation has stagnated creating a $34 billion global headache for the shipping industry.

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

Trade continues to grow and the problem continues to get bigger, more expensive and more environmentally damaging.

Shippers are demanding improved efficiencies and sustainability throughout their supply chains.

Key Features


COLLAPSECON is the collapsible shipping container pioneering the future of global trade. It’s practical and rigid design saves on space, cost and handling, and helps to significantly reduce industry emissions.

What makes COLLAPSECON different?

COLLAPSECON containers are collapsed at speed by the COLLAPSECON Operating Station, the only automated solution on the market. It is designed to seamlessly integrate into operations at scale, without requiring wholesale change. It comes with 100% fleet management of maintenance and repair.

External Dimensions COLLAPSECON 40’ HC CONVENTIONAL 40’ HC
Length 12,186 mm 12,192 mm
Width 2,436 mm 2,438 mm
Height 2,894 mm 2,896 mm

Internal Dimensions
Length 11,988 mm 12,036 mm
Width 2,348 mm 2,352 mm
Height 2,735 mm 2,698 mm
Tare Weight 6,865 kgs 4,257 kgs
Tare Weight of a ‘COLLAPSECON Block’* 27,460 kgs N/A
Payload Capacity 25,635 kgs 28,243 kgs
Gross Weight 32,500 kgs 32,500 kgs
Cubic Capacity 77.0 m3 76.31 m3

Door Opening Dimensions
Width 2,232 mm 2,340 mm
Height 2,594 mm 2,585 mm
*4 x COLLAPSECON’s combined into a COLLAPSECON Block for shipment.

Ratio 4.1 No external components
Seamless Fleet Integration
ISO Certified
Standard Tracker Beacon
CSC Certified (Single)
IT Security & Location Services
CSC Certified (Combined)

Economic & Environmental Impact

Efficiency & Sustainability

COLLAPSECON delivers substantial economic and environmental savings through reduced empty park lifts, storage, transport, and handling costs while simultaneously creating the ability to increase conventional container throughput.

40% Reduction In Container Operating Expenses

Benefits across the entire supply chain, from economic savings, to increasing operational efficiencies and less environmental impact.

75% Reduction In Empty Container Handling Costs

Economic savings through reduced empty park, lifts, storage, transport, and handling costs while increasing conventional container throughput.

37% Reduction In Carbon Emission On Land

Carbon emission reduction on land of up to 37% through less trucking and rail activity between Empty Container Parks and Container Terminals.

17% Further Reduction In Carbon Emissions

Improved vessels’ stowage efficiency on heavily imbalanced trade routes, contributing to a further ~17% in carbon emission.

4x Increased Operational Speed & Handling

4 times the empty containers can be repositioned in the same time it takes to reposition 1 standard container, with minimal change to the operations.

27% Reduction In Daily Fuel Consumption

~12% reduction in at-sea speed (slow steaming) equals an average reduction of 27% in daily fuel consumption and fewer greenhouse-gas emissions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Collapsible containers are not new. What makes this different to anything that has come before?

It’s true, the concept of collapsible containers is not new. The idea has been around since at least the late 1980s, and there have been a number of collapsing containers introduced to the global shipping industry; but each of them has inherent limitations in that they require extensive manual intervention which introduces significant health and safety risks into traditionally highly mechanised handling procedures. COLLAPSECON is completely original in design. While most collapsible designs fold vertically, Spectainer recognised a number of problems associated with the “falling roof” design and developed a horizontally collapsing container to work in tandem with our very own COS for automated operation, thus removing manual operators from the risk zone and significantly improving the efficiency in collapsing and combining containers.

What makes COLLAPSECON different from other collapsible containers?

Many collapsible containers require 3-4 people and a crane to operate, often taking 15-20 minutes per unit to collapse, usually by lifting or pushing the container. This causes increased wear and tear, slows operations and increases safety risks. By comparison, COLLAPSECON has true stand-back functionality. It is fully automated and can be collapsed using the COS in two minutes.

Why collapse horizontally?

Collapsing vertically has its benefits, but strength is not one of them. Given the requirement to position containers anywhere on a vessel, the industry must be confident that a collapsible container can sustain the weight of fully laden boxes both at sea and in the port. Vertically collapsing designs have always had limitations as to their stacking capacity. As COLLAPSECON collapses horizontally and utilises strong integrated end-frames, it can sustain 378T and be positioned anywhere on a vessel (even at the bottom of the stack) in either the single or combined state.

How does COLLAPSECON collapse and combine?

While many designs have achieved the core function of collapsing, an ongoing limitation has been that they are still treated as individual units. This means they save in storage and transport but are still required to be handled individually. To ensure the system is simple, efficient, affordable and safe, COLLAPSECON is designed to be collapsed/expanded using the COS. Most importantly, every container is only touched once in the process, thereby reducing the overall handling requirement. Additionally, each unit combines using the end frames which means there are no external parts. When combined, four units can be treated as a single unit.

What sort of standards are used?

COLLAPSECON must perform like any other standard intermodal container. It is made in the same factories, from the same materials, utilising the same processes. It is designed and certified to the same CSC and ISO standards as a normal container and production requires the same level of rigorous testing. Whether in the single or combined state, rest assured the container acts like a standard container.

I see the potential, but there is too much uncertainty in my current operations. Why should I adopt this sort of technology without knowing how the future will evolve?

Naturally, there is a fear of change, and that’s understandable, but growth in 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. Evolution needs to occur. Moving to adopt new technologies can be risky, so with Spectainer, you don’t have to make a capital investment. We work on leasing arrangements, with any leasing costs far outweighed by the compelling savings achieved in all stages of the shipping process.


Empowering the entire supply chain

The fully automated Spectainer solution can optimise any network at speed. It is easily adaptable on any scale across the door-to-door spectrum, from single customers to specific trade lanes, geographic areas, or on a global basis.

It is Simple, Efficient, Affordable and Safe, and can be operated seamlessly within existing logistics operations for shipping companies, road operators, rail providers, and barge operator of large BCO/IFF.

Shipping lines

Significantly improve operational efficiency while reducing container operating expenses by up to 40%.

Shippers and Consignees

Transparent, cost-efficient solutions to maintain visibility across the entire supply chain and reduce carbon footprints.

Infrastructure & Ports

Expand service streams, increase container throughput and productivity while reducing land footprint.