a specialized semitrailer for transporting containers on highways. The carrying capacity ranges from 5 to 30 tons.
In the USSR, 5 ton container carriers are the most common; they are widely used for carrying universal containers of 2.5 and 5 gross tons, as well as truck containers of 0.625 and 12.5 gross tons. Abroad (in the United States, Japan, and elsewhere), large container carriers with 20 ton capacities are widely used with matching containers. Similar container carriers exist in the USSR; they are semitrailers of open-frame construction with a double-axle wheel assembly and with devices for securing the containers. Such vehicles are adapted to tow with the MAZ-504V motor tractor.
Abroad, containers of 30 gross tons are often transported using triple axle assemblies, two axles of which are self-tracking.
REFERENCESDegterev, G. N., and N. B. Ostrovskii. Konteinernye ipaketnyeperevozki gruzov avtomobil’nym transportom. Moscow, 1961.
Kontreilery i krupnotonnazhnye konteinery. Moscow, 1962.
I. I. BATISHCHEV