Eve Cargo Ships

Ingame symbols for different sizes of containers, from left to right: small, medium and large.
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Containers (often referred to as cans) are in-game items that can be assembled in the item hangar of a station or Upwell structure, placed in a ship's cargo hold or deployed in space as a way to store, share and sort items. There are five different container types that can be bought on the market, which differ in their functionality and purpose.

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  • Containers can not be put into other containers, therefore it is impossible to build any kind of 'folder tree'.
  • Items inside a container can not be repackaged, repaired, contracted, sold or delivered - they have to be moved to the item hangar for these actions.
  • A ship can not reload ammunition from a container, although it can be loaded manually by dragging and dropping into the weapons icon or fitting window.

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Standard Container

A standard cargo container, used for common freight.

Standard container are comparatively small and used in ships that don't have the capacity of a hauler or freighter to increase the size of their cargo space. Since standard containers have a higher capacity than volume, pilots can actually gain space by putting them into their ships. Getting multiple smaller one instead of a bigger container is less efficient and thereby standard containers are generally not used to sort or separate cargo.

Although there is the option to 'Launch for Self' when right-clicking them in the cargo hold of a ship in space, this will simply jettison them in their assembled state. This does not anchor them and other pilots can scoop the container, though doing so in a High-Sec system will generate a suspect timer. Be advised that the now assembled container is much larger and might not fit into the cargo hold again, since items can only be repackaged in a hangar. It will not despawn on downtime, though, so you have time to pick it up again.

Container NameCapacity (m³)Volume (m³)Volume (Packaged) (m³)
Small Standard Container12010010
Medium Standard Container39032533
Large Standard Container78065065

Secure Container & Audit Log Secure Container

This medium audit log container is fitted with a password-protected security lock.

Secure Container and Audit Log Secure Container have the same basic functionality as the standard container, but their unique features are the ability to be deployed in space and being secure, which means that the items in them can be locked and unlocked by players and access to the container as a whole can be protected with a password. This makes them ideal to ad hoc share inventory space and items with a small group of people without the need to build a POS or Upwell structure.

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When deployed, lasts 30 days in space. To anchor them, the skill Anchoring I is required, but not to use them as containers.

For information on the logging ability of the Audit Log Secure Containers see the topic below: Station Container.

Container NameCapacity (m³)Volume (m³)Volume (Packaged) (m³)
Small Audit Log Secure Container12010010
Medium Audit Log Secure Container39032533
Large Audit Log Secure Container78065065
Container NameCapacity (m³)Volume (m³)Volume (Packaged) (m³)
Small Secure Container12010010
Medium Secure Container39032533
Large Secure Container78065065
Huge Secure Container1,9501,500150
Giant Secure Container3,9003,000300

Station Container

This is a Station Container. It is fitted with a password-protected security lock and computerized inventory auditing. Although the construction of a Station Container is much like that of other Cargo Containers a Station Container is far too big to fit in a ship's cargo hold and is only used for storage and inventory management at stations.

Sample Audit Log
Audit Container configuration options

Station containers can not be jettisoned nor launched into space. Assembled, they are too large to fit inside any ship's cargohold, meaning they can only be used in stations for organizational purposes. They contain auditing functionality, which stores a log showing:

  • When the container was assembled
  • When item stacks are locked and unlocked, alongside the quantity of the stack at the time of locking/unlocking
  • When passwords are changed
  • When the container's configuration is changed
  • When the container was renamed

They can also be configured to require a password for doing certain actions, and to lock inserted items by default.

Container NameCapacity (m³)Volume (m³)Volume (Packaged) (m³)
Station Container1,000,0002,000,00010,000
Station Vault Container10,000,0005,000,00050,000
Station Warehouse Container100,000,00010,000,000100,000

Freight Container

A massive cargo container, used for inter-regional freight; most commonly used in freighter cargo bays.

Freight containers are a category of non-expanding containers, with a range of size options.

Unlike other container types, has the same capacity as its volume for all sizes, making them purely organizational tools for haulers.

Container NameCapacity (m³)Volume (m³)Volume (Packaged) (m³)
Enormous Freight Container250,000250,0002,500
Giant Freight Container120,000120,0001,200
Huge Freight Container50,00050,000500
Large Freight Container10,00010,000100
Medium Freight Container5,0005,00050
Small Freight Container1,0001,00010


Container TypeExpanding SpacePasswordLoggingAnchorableCapacity (m³)
Standard Container120 - 780
Secure Container120 - 3,900
Audit Log Container120 - 780
Station Container1,000,000 - 100,000,000
Freight Container1,000 - 250,000

Other Containers

Jettison Container

See also: Mining - Jetcan and GSC Mining

This cargo container is flimsily constructed and may not survive the rigors of space for more than an hour or so.

This is a special container, in that it can not be built or bought. Instead this container spawns whenever items get jettisoned into space, which it then contains. The container can not be scooped to the cargo hold and only lasts about two hours in space, since technically it counts as space debris for the game engine - like ship wrecks. They have a capacity of 27,500 m³ and items can be freely dropped into and recovered from them which makes them ideal for mining operations. Once all items have been removed, the jetcan despawns.

Mobile Tractor Unit

Main article: Mobile structures - Mobile Tractor Unit

The Mobile Tractor Unit (MTU) is a deployable structure. It does not tractor containers, only jetcans and wrecks. It tractors the closest wreck or can the owner has rights to take from within a 125-175km range at 1-1.5km/s velocity and then loots it. 100-125 m3 volume. Has 27,000 m3 capacity when deployed, but can only be filled with items from wrecks and containers looted by the MTU.


Mobile Depot

Main article: Mobile structures - Mobile Depot

Mobile depots are a deployable structure. Taking up 50-100 m3 in volume, they can store 3,000-4,000 m3 once deployed after a 60 second deploy timer. They can also be used for ship refitting by the owner. It can be scanned down, but if attacked after the deploy timer has completed, it will enter reinforcement for 2 days. Anchored mobile depots will last for up to 30 days in space.

FAQ & Blurbs

I loot a lot of secure and audit log containers form explorers I explode. For some reason they think It keeps their loot safe or something.. It doesn't.

The can can drop just like any other item (if it drops, it will contain all items inside, the is no separate drop roll for the contents, this makes it a bit of an all or nothing affair..) once looted, I am now the new owner of the can, and have the option to retrieve the password, set a new one, reprocess the can, etc..

Can secure containers be probed out?

As of Apocrypha, no. Secure containers CANNOT be probed down.

External Links

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