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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 4 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.

Shipping Containers for Emergency Preparedness

By January 31st, 2019 Creative Uses No Comments
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Weather is a factor no matter where you live in the country, so it is always better to be prepared. During the winter, storms can bring deadly low temperatures, strong winds, ice, and freezing rain. Depending on the severity of the storm you may find yourself without heat, power, and phone lines. One of the ways you can be prepared is by stocking a storage container with emergency supplies.

Shipping Containers have many uses. Since they come in various sizes, it allows folks to be creative with the configuration and where they are placed on-site. The most common sizes 20’ Storage Containers and 40’ Storage Containers. The largest size that is usually available are 45’ Storage Containers. However, larger sizes like 53’ Storage Containers are available in some locations as well. You may also want to consider a refrigerated container if your goods need to be insulated or refrigerated to a specific temperature.

Some necessary items to put into your cargo container to prepare for an emergency would be:

  • Food – at least a 3 day supply
  • Water – one gallon per person (and pet) per day for at least 3 days
  • Can opener
  • Clothes
  • Batteries
  • Generator
  • Gasoline – make sure the tank is full so it doesn’t freeze
  • Flashlight – battery or crank operated
  • Radio – battery or crank operated
  • Wood & Matches
  • Medicine/First Aid Kit

 

Disasters can strike at any moment, so it’s important to talk with your family and plan ahead. There are many websites out there to help you. Ready.Gov is a good source for information on all types of disaster preparation scenarios. You can also sign up for emergency alerts on your phone to stay up to date 24 hours a day.

Container Technology is an industry front-runner in container modifications. Our team has over 75 years of combined experience in the industry. For more information please give us a call today (877) 670-0229 or fill out our quote request form and a container rep will contact you with a detailed quote.

Using a Shipping Container as an Office

By May 15th, 2018 About Containers No Comments
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Mobile offices have turned into a standard over the years. The option of having a mobile office is a very attractive idea to almost any industry. Container offices are customizable, come in various sizes/configurations and are transportable.    

Customizable:

Container Technology has over 30 years of experience with container modifications. All office and storage containers can be modified to meet any needs you might have. A straightforward design with insulation, HVAC, electric, windows, and doors are always a good option. However, you do not have to stop there. You can partition a part of the container off for just storage and make a combo unit as well. We are able to customize a unit to meet the unique requirements for your business.

Size:

We can create a mobile office unit that is suited for just about any application. While 20’ office containers and 40’ office containers are most common, we can build your office to cater to your specific situation.

Transportable:

A huge benefit of mobile offices is that they are easily relocated. We use rollback trucks and tilt bed trailers to maneuver/deliver these units. As long as there is adequate room for the container your office space can move from one job site to the next.

Container Technology has you covered for all of your mobile office and mobile office trailer needs. From a very simple layout to a custom combo container office, you can be assured that your container will be up to the standard you expect. Call us toll-free at (877) 670-0229 or complete an online quote to get more information on mobile offices.

How Durable are Shipping Containers?

By January 11th, 2018 About Containers 5 Comments
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Shipping containers are one of the most well-built, durable structures in the world.  So much so, that they are being utilized every day as an alternative to traditional stick-built structures.  Some of the applications range from single container projects, like offices and storm shelters.  Others are more elaborate and utilize multiple containers for schools, mini storage, and retail space.  

But why are containers so strong and durable?  Below are some details that will help you understand why.

Materials:

Containers are made from weathering steel or COR-TEN steel (U.S. Steel trademarked name). COR-TEN is a group of steels developed to resist atmospheric corrosion better than other steels. Due to its ability to handle the weather it is often used for many outdoor structures, like building facades and bridges. An unaltered container (one that has not been modified), is wind and watertight.  However, it is not rustproof.  

Construction:

The steel panels are cut to the correct size and are then corrugated. This process gives the panels added strength.

The panels are then welded onto reinforced steel beams (the undercarriage of the container). From that point, the doors & floor are installed and the container becomes a solid structure.

Finally, the container is painted and primed with marine-grade paint, adding a final layer of protection.

Weight:

A cargo container is made to be stacked.  They are stacked on a container vessel (sometimes 8 or 9 high) while traveling from port to port.  In most cases, the containers are loaded with products while making their way overseas.  To put this into perspective, a 20’ container can hold upwards of 60,000 lbs. These capacities change depending on the size of course.

Lifespan:

Depending on the condition of the container, some may last longer than others.  

If you purchase a used container, it’s one that will have already been used in shipping service.  The typical lifespan of a container (in shipping service) is 10-12 years.  Once a container comes out of shipping service, many of them are sold in the aftermarket for storage or for alternative purposes.  A used container can easily surpass another 10+ years of use.  Of course, this timeframe can vary depending on how the container is used.  

A “One Trip” container is the newest and nicest container you can get.  “One Trip” containers are not utilized in shipping service.  They are typically loaded with cargo only one time before being shipped to the US.  They are then sold in the aftermarket for storage or for alternative purposes.  This type of container can easily surpass 25+ years of use.   

 

Obviously, the lifespan of a container can vary, depending on how it’s used.  However, The above factors are evidence that shipping containers are definitely well-built and durable.  If you just need additional storage space or you plan to build using alternative materials, consider using one of the strongest structures in the world…a shipping container!

 

If you’d like to purchase a container or discuss a container modification project, we’d love to hear from you.  Please feel free to contact us at (877) 670-0229 or complete an online quote.

Containers for Hunting & Fishing

By July 19th, 2017 Creative Uses 4 Comments
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Hunting and fishing take a lot of preparation leading up to the “Big Day”. Whether it is gathering the proper supplies or mapping out your route of travel, it is always better to be over prepared. A couple very important aspects are storage and shelter. Shipping containers are a great option to keep your gear safe and secure, as well as provide safe-haven for you and your friends during those long trips.  There are other ways to meet these needs but using a container certainly has added benefits.

Durability:

Containers were built to travel overseas which means that they are durable enough to stand up to almost anything mother nature can throw at them. Whether you are fighting harsh rains or humidity you can be assured that your container will step up to the challenge.

Portability:

The containers can be set up for short or long-term use and are very easy to move in and out. Provided the container is accessible, it can be left lakeside or deep in the woods.  Your ideal hunting and fishing container can travel with you if you choose to move locations.  

Security:

All containers are delivered in wind & watertight condition which means that you and your belongings will be safe from the elements. Since you can never be too careful with firearms and your valuable hunting/fishing gear, lock boxes are also available for added security.

Customizable:

Container Technology, Inc., has over 30 years of experience in customizing containers. Containers can be outfitted with everything from custom windows and skylights, to electrical/lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). You can make your container into a cozy home away from home that will outlast any traditional camp set up.

Using a shipping container will not only make your trip easier but more organized, even in the off season. You can customize the container to meet your needs…not to mention make your buddies jealous!  Whether you are spending time on the lake or in the field, a container is always a smart move when journeying into the wild. For more information go to containertech.com or call (877) 670-0229.

“Blowin’ In The Wind” In a Shipping Container

By December 20th, 2016 Creative Uses No Comments
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Ford has always promoted creativity and encouraged employees to imagine and develop innovative solutions. Ford has just introduced a mobile wind tunnel made out of shipping containers.“This project was born from a desire to be the best when it comes to controlling and limiting the cabin noise customers are so sensitive to,” Bill Gulker, Ford wind noise core supervisor, said in a statement. “Our new mobile wind tunnel saves our engineer’s time and increases productivity. It’s a fine example of the innovation mindset we’re trying to incorporate into everything we do.” These wind tunnels are vital to grasping the intricate details of aerodynamics. Airflow can affect everything from the fuel economy to cabin noise. Cutting down the cabin noise will enhance the customer’s driving experience and lead to greater customer satisfaction all around.

Creating a wind tunnel allows engineers to analyze every little detail and cuts down the testing cycles from weeks to hours. Despite their incredible usefulness, wind tunnels can be quite large and very expensive. Finding a way to create a mobile wind tunnel made out of shipping containers is both cost effective and very useful in identifying problems early on. The mobility of the containers allows the cars to be yanked from the assembly line and tested on-site.

Ford has hopes that this mobile solution will shorten the amount of time necessary to find the problems and implement fixes. Ford’s main wind tunnel is the size of an office building and costs to build it was $50 million. The mobile wind tunnel is constructed of two 53 foot long shipping containers and can be moved anywhere. Two six-foot-diameter fans powered by 250-horsepower electric motors can generate winds of up to 80 mph. The two containers are held together side by side on a flat area of the pavement. Another 40-foot container houses an office, power distribution, and controls. The whole entire assembly can be easily taken down in a day and then put back together at a whole new site in as little as six hours.

At Container Technology, Inc. our staff has over 75 years combined experience in the storage container industry. For more information about standard ISO containers or general container modifications please give us a call at (877) 670-0229 or fill out an online quote form.

Storing Memorabilia and Collectibles in Shipping Containers

By November 7th, 2016 Creative Uses No Comments
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downloadDo you have a passion for collecting things but do not have the space to store them? We are a collecting culture. Collecting toys, comic books, vintage books, and vinyl has become a very big business. Many industries are centered around buying, selling, and storing collectibles. Toys especially have become a highly collected item. Where do you put all these items if you don’t have the room to store them? These collections can take over homes and office spaces if they are not properly stored and organized. A shipping container would be the perfect storage solution. Storing collectibles in extreme conditions like a hot attic or damp basement could cause permanent damage or even ruin your items. A shipping container can also be a good place to keep things organized, so you can access your valuables easier.

Instead of dealing withshelving-system2 the hassle of transporting all your memorabilia and collectibles to a storage unit, why not just store everything at your home or business? Storage containers are delivered straight to your door.  They can be conveniently loaded on your own schedule. You also have easy access to your items that will not require a trip to the storage facility. Container Technology has a variety of options and sizes to accommodate your memorabilia and collectibles. We can even insulate your container and install HVAC.  Maintaining the temperature of the unit will protect your collectibles from extreme conditions. We can also install shelving to help keep things organized and easy to find.

40'HC-ContainerStoring memorabilia and collectibles is a vital part of preserving them and keeping them in perfect condition. The value of these items is dependent on the condition. The essential part of storing collectibles is keeping them in their original packaging. It is important that toys are not stored in direct sunlight because they will fade or become discolored. Extreme humidity will cause plastic toys to warp and break. Wrapping the items in bubble wrap or newspaper will add an extra protective layer and protect them from damage. Collectibles can be considered a long term investment.  A shipping container can help you protect your investment.   

Let Container Technology help you find the best storage solution for your memorabilia or collectibles, so they can be preserved for generations to come. Give us a call today at (877) 670-0229 or fill out a quick quote form

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