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Shipping Container Numbers and Markings Explained

By August 3rd, 2020 About Containers No Comments
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The doors of a shipping container are typically covered with various numbers and letters. Each marking provides important information about the transportation, cargo, ownership, and condition of the storage container. Let’s look at the meaning of each marking. 

(1) Container Number – A unique sequence made up of 4 letters and 7 numbers, the container number is displayed on the top right part of the container door. The classification agency ISO ( International Standards Organization) assigns the number to identify the unit internationally. The first 3 capital letters are the Owner Code, which signifies the owner of the container, who also usually brands the unit with their logo and unique paint. One letter following the owner code, the Equipment Category Identifier is either U, J or Z. U denotes a freight container, J refers to attached container related equipment such as a power unit, and Z signifies a trailer or chassis used to carry a container. Next, the Registration Number (or Serial Number) is a sequence of 6 digits, decided by the owner. The (2) Check Digit is the following solo number, the last digit of the container number. This is used to verify the entire identification sequence is accurate. If you search the container number with the BIC (Bureau of International Containers), the matching check digit should appear.

(3) ISO Code – Usually located below the container number, the ISO Code is a sequence of 4 letters or digits that provide information about the dimensions and type of container. The first character signifies the length of the unit and the second character represents the width and height. The third character identifies the container type and the last character indicates a container of reduced strength. Depending on the country, a container is labeled Dry Van (DV), General Purpose (GP), Standard (SD), or Dry Container (DC).

(4) Operational Markings – Operational characteristics of the container are often displayed on the door. The Maximum Gross Weight signifies the most weight the loaded container can carry, which is typically around 30 metric tons. The Container Weight (Tare) also appears, which should be between 4 to 10 metric tons. The Net or Payload is the gross weight minus the tare weight, which is the maximum weight that can be packed into the container. The Maximum Cargo Volume is also displayed below.

(5) CSC Plate – Typically located in the lower left of a unit’s doors, every shipping container used for international transport needs a valid CSC plate to verify good condition and acceptable safety. 

Hydroponic Farming with a Shipping Container

By July 30th, 2020 Creative Uses No Comments
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Shipping containers can be used in a variety of ways, including hydroponic farming. A number of companies are growing vegetables, herbs and other greens in a modified shipping container. They are outfitted with hydroponic systems that produce tremendous results while protecting the environment. 

Hydroponics is a common method of growing that uses nutrient-rich water instead of soil. The roots of the plants are exposed to flowing water and simultaneously exposed to sun simulating light. This process typically uses 90% less water than traditional farming, reducing environmental impact. Indoor hydroponic farming also avoids limitations normally created by nature like extreme weather, pests and limited growing seasons.

cargo container farm can be placed almost anywhere, which closes the gap between the produce and consumer. Eliminating long transportation times, these units provide affordable fresh food to many places lacking a local farming industry. 40ft shipping containers are ideal to maximize production space. If you have any questions about shipping container dimensions and shipping containers for sale, please give Container Technology a call at (877) 670-0229 or complete an online quote request.

Hospital Built from Shipping Containers

By June 12th, 2020 About Containers No Comments
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Over the years, shipping containers have been used to build various structures.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first intensive care unit (ICU) made from a shipping container has been created. 

The coronavirus has overwhelmed the healthcare system, and created a need to quickly expand hospital capacity. Unlike hospital tents, shipping containers provide an excellent solution because they possess negative room pressure. Air does not flow out, so the virus cannot escape and spread. Also, storage containers are easily transportable so the units can be moved to fight the pandemic as the severity of the virus in a region changes. Plus, the infrastructure for transporting shipping containers with trains, trucks, and ships already exists.

Each mobile intensive care unit is a 20ft shipping container, the most common of storage container sizes in the world. Modified with two windows, they allow visitors to see family members. With room to fit two beds and the essential equipment to keep desperately ill patients alive, these units significantly relieves the pressure of hospitals. Even as countries slowly lift lockdown rules, experts predict that portable ICU’s will continue to help hospitals around the world. If you would have any questions about shipping containers for sale, shipping container price, or shipping container dimensions, please give Container Technology a call at (877) 670-0229 or complete an online quote request.

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Use a Shipping Container for Dry Storage

By May 19th, 2020 About Containers No Comments
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Storing goods, items, or anything of importance requires proper protection and security. Strong and durable, a shipping container has become a very popular and cost effective solution for all dry storage needs. Shipping containers are suitable for a multitude of industries/applications, as they are specifically designed to keep products dry when weather can be unpredictable.

Quality Protection

Built to travel long distances overseas, shipping containers are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions. Constructed of high quality steel, containers are wind and watertight.  They come standard with double doors that seal up tight.  Dependable and durable, a cargo container will ensure the stored products stay dry and maintain their condition. The most common size options are 20ft shipping containers and 40ft shipping containers.  However, Container Technology can provide storage containers for sale in various sizes/with plenty of space to accommodate any storage needs.

Strong Security

In addition to keeping stored items dry, shipping containers provide a level of security that avoids any worries. These units come equipped with lockable heavy duty double doors, keeping out any unwanted guests like rodents. Additional security locks or lock boxes can always be added as well.  These options provide an extra level of security, as they prevent bolt cutters from accessing/cutting the lock. Both new one trip containers and used shipping containers are solid options for short term or long term storage. 

Ventilation is Key

Proper ventilation is necessary to maintain the temperature of stored items. If you are storing materials that contain harmful gases or chemicals, ventilation is especially important. Shipping containers come standard with small pressure vents to allow the unit to breathe. A variety of modifications are also available to further improve ventilation. Rooftop turbine vents, exhaust fans, or full HVAC cooling/heating systems can be installed to meet any specific need.

Container Technology has storage containers for sale or rent to suit any and all of your needs. For more information on how you can keep your products dry and safe call (877) 670-0229 or get an online quote.

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Containers for Hospital Storage

By April 16th, 2020 Creative Uses No Comments
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With our world changing so rapidly, a shift in the workplace may be needed in order to accommodate these changes. Hospital beds are in short supply and you may need to create additional space to accommodate the needs of your patients.  Every part of a hospital is a valuable area that can be used for patients. Shipping containers can be a great option to utilize space and store items not being used outside of the hospital. The Container Technology Inc team has you covered for any of your on-site storage needs.

All of our storage containers are guaranteed to be wind and watertight.  This means valuable equipment can be stored in them while the container is staged outside of your facility. We also offer high-security lock boxes as well as other locking mechanisms to ensure no one will tamper with the contents inside.

With an array of sizes and doors configurations, you can be sure that we can assist in finding the right container for any location. Smaller options like 10’ and 20’ containers are best when space is limited or you do not want attention drawn to the container. The larger 40’, 45’, and 53’ containers are excellent for bulk storage or oversized items. Double door containers are also great to utilize when you need access from both ends.

Containers can also be used as temporary mobile offices for health professionals during this time. These modified shipping containers come with lighting, HVAC, as well as many more options. 

Container Technology is a member of the Container Alliance Partnership offering portable storage containers for sale as well as shipping containers for rent across north America, for more information visit Container Alliance.

Please give us a call at (877) 670-0229 or submit an online quote.  Let Container Technology be your on-site storage solution.  

 

 

Shipping Containers 101 – The Basics

By February 22nd, 2020 About Containers No Comments
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Shipping Containers are known by many different names: conex, cargo container, sea van, dry box, freight containers, etc. In the container industry, they are referred to as ISO Containers or Intermodal Containers. But what exactly does that mean?

ISO or Intermodal Containers are a large standardized shipping container, designed and built for intermodal freight transport, meaning these containers can be used across different modes of transport – from ship to rail to truck – without unloading and reloading their cargo.

Containers must conform to ISO (International Organization for Standardization) specifications.  These standards relate directly to how the containers are built and to guarantee they will withstand extreme environments.  It also ensures the containers meet the size and durability requirements, which allow them to be stacked safely and uniformly on steamships and railcars. 

This is true for all containers from the 20’ size up to 53’ High Cube Containers, regardless of original door configurations (like double door containers or open side containers).

Any container being used for freight transport overseas or for intermodal rail transport must be certified by the International Convention for Safe Containers or the CSC.  The goal of the CSC is to formalize international safety requirements for structural design and consistent inspection and maintenance of cargo containers.  

When a container is manufactured, the CSC plate is valid for 5 years.  From the point forward, if the container is to remain certified for shipping, it must be reinspected at least every 30 months (by a licensed/certified maritime surveyor).

Below is an example of a CSC plate on a container. 

Containers that are being used for general storage purposes do not require a CSC certification.  This is only required if the container is being shipped internationally or transported by rail.

For more information on containers and specifications contact the team at Container Technology at (877) 670-5901 or submit out an online quote.  Let us help you find the right container for both your storage and/or your shipping needs. 

Container Technology is a member of the Container Alliance Partnership offering portable storage containers for sale as well as shipping containers for rent across north America, for more information visit Container Alliance

The History of Shipping Containers

By February 5th, 2020 About Containers No Comments
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Shipping Containers have become massively popular and creatively utilized over the last few decades. They are so widely used today, that they are practically indispensable.

In 1956 Malcolm McLean was in search of a way to ship his company’s entire truckload of supplies quickly and safely. He purchased Pan Atlantic Tanker Company including all its assets and started experimenting with new ways to load and unload goods from trucks for travel. He eventually invented and patented the first shipping container.

The first ship to carry containers was loaded with 60 boxes and made the trip from Newark to Houston. From that moment on, ships were redesigned for intermodal cargo transportation and the world was changed.

The shipping container industry grew exponentially over the ’70s and ’80s.  By the end of the century, it reached the point of shipping approximately 90% of the world’s cargo. This massive growth has not only bolstered other markets around the world but also help facilitate trade between countries as well.

McLean is known as “The Father of Containerization”.  Because of his innovation, the industry has evolved to realize amazing breakthroughs.  Containers are being utilized and repurposed by both small and large businesses, as well as individuals all over the world.  Ports across the world have containers for sale as well as containers for rent.  If it were not for McLean’s early “out of the box” mentality, containers may not have become as prevalent in the global market as soon as they did. 

At Container Technology we specialize in being at the forefront of the shipping container industry. In an effort to keep container innovation moving forward, we strive to offer the very best sale, rental, and modified containers. Complete an online quote or give us a call at (877) 670-0229. Let us help find a container that is the right fit for you!  

Container Technology is a member of the Container Alliance Partnership offering portable storage containers for sale as well as shipping containers for rent across north America, for more information visit Container Alliance.

Container Golf Simulator

By December 18th, 2019 Creative Uses No Comments
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The majority of golfers will do whatever is necessary to take a couple of strokes off their game. Is the driving range too far from your house?  Do the golf balls at the range look like they haven’t been changed out in a year? 

Why not modify a shipping container into a custom golf simulator. 

You can utilize a 20’ or 40’ container to make your perfect course at home. By cutting a sidewall, adding some leveling posts and retrofitted a hydraulic door, you can create a completely self-contained unit that doesn’t take up too much space.

Lining the floor with astroturf or other options for artificial grass can give you that realistic feel of a tee box or fairway.

The container will need to be modified with lighting and electricity in order to power the necessary components. The hardest part is choosing the right simulator for you. There many factors around finding the right option but the folks at Mygolfspy.com offer some helpful information: A Golfers Guide For Building a Home Golf Simulator. Even if a simulator is not an option, a simple practice net can serve the same purpose (just fewer bells and whistles). 

The best part about a custom container conversion is that you can make this as personal as you like.  This can be achieved by adding a fresh coat of paint, additional entry doors or even some windows for natural light.  You can even divide the simulator into two sections and have some storage as well.  These can also be temporary if you want to take the container to a different location.

At Container Technology Inc. we can help you create a custom container to meet your needs.  Give us a call at (877) 670-0229 or complete an online quote.  Let us make your next container project a hole in one!   

 

Container Technology is a member of the Container Alliance Partnership offering portable storage containers for sale as well as shipping containers for rent across north America, for more information visit Container Alliance.

 

Preparing Containers for Bad Weather or Poor Site Conditions

By November 12th, 2019 About Containers No Comments
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One thing you do not want to worry about is making sure your belongings are dry and secure. All of our containers are guaranteed to be “wind & watertight”.  However, there are a few helpful things can you do to ensure that water isn’t affecting your container.

Site Preparation 

Containers should always be stored in an area where water pooling up and/or flooding are uncommon. You also want to have a level area available to place the container.  If it’s not level, you may consider pouring a gravel pad to level it out. If that’s not an option, the container can be leveled with blocks (addressed below). 

Blocking

Whether you are purchasing or renting a container, it’s not a bad idea to elevate the container slightly off of the ground.  This is particularly important if the container is sitting on a grass or dirt surface. The best thing to use are landscape timbers or railroad ties (something pressure treated).  You can set these before the container is dropped. In many cases, the driver can assist you in placing the container on your timbers. If that’s not possible, you may need to bring in equipment to lift each end to place your timbers/railroad ties.  This will prevent water from pooling around the bottom of the unit.

For more information give us a call at (877) 670-0229.  You can also complete an online quote. Let the team at Container Technology assist you with your storage needs today.

Container Technology is a member of the Container Alliance Partnership offering portable storage containers for sale as well as shipping containers for rent across north America, for more information visit Container Alliance.

Container Load Capacity & Weight Distribution

By October 9th, 2019 About Containers No Comments
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Shipping containers are great for an array of different uses.  However, their original intended purpose is for export. When shipping a container overseas, you will need to be aware of the maximum load capacity (or weight the container can handle), as well as other factors that can come into play. Due to similarities in cargo capacity between a 20’ and 40’ container, it is important to know which size to choose to meet your requirements.

Below is some helpful information, to assist you in choosing the right size container.

Maximum Load Capacity:

Each container has a different max payload capacity (or weight) that it can handle. Depending on the container, a 20’ container can actually hold more weight than a 40’ container.  This is due to the fact that 20’ containers weigh about 3,000 lbs less than 40’ containers.  However, load capacities will vary and this is not always the case. Before setting up your shipment, you should verify these details with your supplier.

20’ Container Max Load: 62,150 lbs.

40’ Container Max Load: 59,200 lbs.

The maximum gross weight of a container cannot exceed 67,200 lbs.  This means that the amount that the container weighs, plus the load cannot exceed 67,200 lbs. Again, this can vary based on the container.  

A 20’ container is typically loaded with heavier items to maximize space vs cost. This is something to think about when choosing your container as well. 

How does this factor affect storage containers?

In many cases, a 20’ container is used to transport heavy items.  This can range from raw materials (like metals), drums of liquid or tires.  These heavier items tend to create additional wear and tear on the container.  Whereas, lightweight finished or packaged goods are transported in 40’ containers.  This is why on average a 40’ container or 40’ high cube container will be in better condition than a 20’ container (when it comes out of shipping service). 

Weight Distribution:

Another factor to keep in mind is weight distribution. Since containers are stacked when traveling overseas, shifting contents can cause problems. Contents shifting in transit can also be damaged if high-density packages are placed next to low-density packages. Regardless of the size, you will need to ensure that the load is distributed evenly throughout the container. For more information about which container is right for you, contact the team at Container Technology Inc at (877) 670-0229 or complete an online quote.

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