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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.  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!   

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 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.

Shipping Container Door Options

By August 2nd, 2019 About Containers No Comments
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Shipping containers are available in many sizes and varying conditions.  They come standard with double doors on one end of the container.  However, there are various door options/configurations available as well.  If you have oversized equipment/product or need to access the container from both ends, we offer containers with different door options to accommodate your needs.  Here are some of the door options on containers and how they can be useful for you. 

Double Door:

Double door containers or “tunnel containers” are available in 20’ and 40’ sizes. Depending on availability, they also come as high cubes (9’6”H). These containers offer two swinging doors on both ends of the container for access points. Double door containers are equipped with lock boxes on both doors. You can be sure that your container is in the best condition and secure. **Available in new or one-trip condition only.  A one-trip container is not used in shipping service and is only shipped once (from the factory in China to the USA).

 

Open Side:

Open side containers come with your standard cargo doors on on end.  However, they have a reinforced side opening with foldable sections. The inner portion/section of the bi-fold doors can be opened similarly to the standard doors on the end of the container.  You can also open both the inner/outer section, giving you access to the entire side of the container. This container is ideal for loading/unloading oversized items. The open side containers also come standard with lock boxes on the doors.  They are also available in 20’ and 40’ sizes, as well as high cubes (9’6”H). **Available in new or one-trip condition only. A one-trip container is not used in shipping service and is only shipped once (from the factory in China to the USA).  

Custom Door:

If double door and open side containers do not meet your needs, custom entry doors are an option as well. These doors can be placed virtually anywhere you need on the container to meet your needs.

Roll up doors are a great option for gaining access to the container relatively quickly. Roll up doors are available in both standard (galvanized steel) and heavy duty (anodized metal aluminum) and range in sizes from 4’ to 10’ wide.

We also offer personnel doors. These doors can easily be installed in the side-wall or end opposite the double doors.  They are available in both industrial (steel) and residential (wood) options. We can also add a security swing arm with a lock box for extra security.  A custom door can be a great addition to your container.        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any more questions about which door option is right for you, please call us at (877) 670-0229 or fill out an online quote.

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 Difference Between Wind & Watertight Containers vs Cargo Worthy Containers

By May 15th, 2019 About Containers No Comments
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When shopping for used shipping containers, sometimes the difference in conditions is not as obvious as you would think. On the surface, Wind and Watertight (WWT) and Cargo Worthy (CW) containers are both used and have rust, dents, scratches, etc. Visually, a wind & watertight container can look just like a cargo worthy container.  Here’s a little more information about the specifics of each condition, to help you determine which option works best for you.

Cargo Worthy:

These containers are mainly used for shipping overseas. In order to ship a container overseas, it typically requires an inspection from a marine/maritime surveyor.  The surveyor will ensure that the unit meets the CSC (International Convention for Safe Containers) requirements for shipping.  The owner of the container will be issued a certificate, stating that the unit is seaworthy or Cargo Worthy.  This document is required by the port authority, prior to the unit being loaded on a vessel and shipped. Containers are stacked on a vessel for transport.  They need to maintain certain structural standards, as to not compromise the integrity of the other containers in the stacks. You can expect the containers to range in age from 10-15 years old.

Wind and Watertight:

WWT containers are also guaranteed not to leak or have holes.  However, they might have some patches or repairs, due to some damage that was sustained in shipping.  These containers cannot be shipped overseas, as they do not meet the requirements of the CSC (referenced above).  That does not mean they’re not adequate for general storage purposes. Most folks looking to store items on-site would go with this option.  Your container doesn’t need to be Cargo Worthy if you’re not going to ship it overseas. A WWT container will usually cost a bit less as well, since they don’t need to be surveyed.  They are simply inspected by the yard, to ensure they meet the requirements to be called WWT. These containers will also range in age from 10-15 years old.

Whether you are looking for a no-frills option for storage or coordinating an overseas delivery, our team can help you find the right container for your needs.  Give us a call today at (877) 670-0229 or request an online quote.

Hydraulic Doors on Containers

By May 10th, 2019 Creative Uses No Comments
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When installing an aftermarket door in a container, most folks opt to go with a roll-up door or a personnel door.  These two types of doors are most commonly installed, in addition to the existing cargo doors on a container. However, another creative option is to install a hydraulic lift door.  They are typically one piece doors and can be sized accordingly to accommodate your needs. They can be installed in a sidewall or in the end opposite the existing double doors.

These easy to operate hydraulic doors have been installed in containers for trade shows, display booths and food vendors. With a bush of a button, your hydraulic door will open/close, making setup and breakdown a snap.  

The hydraulic doors can be installed to open up or down. If your container is positioned outdoors, you can install a door that opens up.  This door could serve as a canopy to provide shade. Having your door open down can create more floor space to display your products. It can also serve as a ramp for loading/unloading.

Not only are the hydraulic doors functional, they are also a cool conversation piece.  You’re sure to get some oooh’s and aaah’s from your customers or tradeshow attendees. They are a great way to draw folks to your business, booth or display.  While doing so, they also make your life easier, by giving you extra space for product placement. Now you can pack your container full of product and operate the hydraulic door to access everything at once.

***This article is for informational purposes only.  We are able to install roll-up and personnel doors for our customers.  However, we like to highlight unique and interesting things that can be done with containers in the aftermarket.

Containers for Pop-Up Shops – 20ft Open Side Container

By April 3rd, 2019 Creative Uses No Comments
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Pop-up Shops also known as Flash Retailing, is a trend of opening a short-term retail space.  These shops can be used for anything from art, fashion, museums, the tech industry or restaurants.  They offer a quick way to create a lasting impression on customers.  These pop-up shops have become a popular option for retailers. It allows them to position their products in front of their target audience; like festivals, concerts and sporting events.  

Many of these retailers are utilizing Shipping Containers as an option to create their buzz.  One type of container to consider for this is a 20ft Open Side Container. A 20ft open side container is a versatile option, as the whole 20ft sidewall can open up.  The doors swing open to a 270 degree angle to create a spacious and welcoming interior space. The best part of utilizing a 20ft open side container, is it can easily be buttoned up when not in use.  Simply close the open side door and lock up the container.

A 20ft open side container is easily transportable as well.  You can pack up your pop-up shop and transport it or move it to the next festival, trade show or just about anywhere.  The 20ft open side containers also come in a “high cube” version as well. The high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall on the exterior (as opposed to a standard height container, which is 8ft 6in tall).  Since the entire sidewall opens up, these containers allow for easy loading of oversized cargo as well.

At Container Technology Inc. we offer 10’, 20’, 40’, 45, and 53’ container sizes.  We also offer a wide range of modifications, to meet the specific requirements of your project. Give us a call today at (877) 670-0229 or fill out an online quote.  We can provide you with the right container for your project!  

Breaking Down the Differences in Container Conditions

By February 5th, 2019 About Containers 5 Comments
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New or One Trip Container

All shipping containers are manufactured outside of North America.  A one trip container is basically a new container.  It has been shipped from the factory into the US and is typically loaded with cargo.  It’s only loaded one time and only makes one trip. It does not go into shipping service.  Once they arrive in the US, they are sold in the aftermarket for storage and other applications.  These containers are an excellent choice because they have not spent a lot of time on a vessel or being handled at the port.  We offer one trip containers in various sizes and door configurations including double door containers and open side containers.  One trip containers range in length from 10ft to 40ft. We also offer “high cube” one trip containers in the same dimensions and configurations. For more information on one trip containers, contact one of our container representatives today to find out which option best suits your needs.

IICL-5

IICL stands for “International Institute of Container Lessors”. Essentially, the IICL has created a standard of inspection for industries the utilize containers for shipping.  It ensures that an ISO Storage Container meets the requirements to be utilized in shipping service (by leasing companies) to transport cargo. These inspection criteria is mainly used by financial institutions.  However, we have found that it also guarantees a high standard of quality (regarding the condition of the container). While an IICL container is a nice option, they don’t typically get used for aftermarket storage applications.  This type of container is typically utilized in shipping service. By the time it lives out its life in shipping service (usually about 7-10 years), it’s no longer able to pass an IICL inspection.

 

Cargo Worthy

The title pretty much says it all. Cargo worthy means just that. A cargo worthy storage container has been inspected and carries a cargo worthy or seaworthy certification. If your needs include shipment or there is a chance you may want to ship your container in the future, we recommend purchasing a cargo worthy storage container. In most cases, a cargo worthy container is no different (condition-wise) than a WWT (wind & watertight) container.  However, it’s been inspected by a maritime surveyor and can be used to ship goods/products overseas. This type of container is typically a few hundred dollars more than the next category (wind & watertight containers).

WWT

Looking for the most economical yet functional solution? Wind & Water Tight or “WWT” storage containers are the most affordable yet functional cargo boxes you will find.

These containers are in abundant supply and range in condition. Like most used containers, they vary in color, have surface rust, dents and dings.   However, they do not need to be inspected by a maritime surveyor. Typically, a used containers gets inspected by experienced shop personnel and are repaired if necessary to ensure they are wind & watertight (WWT).  When you work with Container Technology, we guarantee that your used container will be WWT (wind & watertight).

As Is

ISO storage containers in “as is” condition has the potential for being damaged in the shipping process, structural problems or significant rust. These containers can no longer be considered “WWT”.  While Container Technology typically does not deal with this condition category, ask one of our team members about availability.  If they are available, they are usually quite a bit less expensive than Cargo Worthy or WWT storage containers.  However, they are usually damaged…which is why they are sold “as is”.

 

Contact us today at (877) 670-0229 or complete an online quote and we will get back to you right away with the information you’ve requested.

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