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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

CTI Offers Safe Dry Storage

By September 8th, 2017 About Containers No Comments
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When storing goods it is very important to have a safe, secure, and dry area to keep them in. Given the unpredictability of the weather (especially in coastal areas), DRY seems to be the keyword to focus on.

Why Dry Storage:

Dry storage is an often overlooked necessity. Many businesses rely on their product to be in a dry area with steady climate conditions but do not often know how to achieve this. A great solution to this problem is shipping containers.

Shipping containers are designed to handle heavy weathering conditions because they are built to travel long distances across seas. They provide plenty of space for any amount of goods surplus and you can rest easy knowing that your container will keep your belongings dry through any sort of inclement weather.

Ventilation/HVAC:

Proper ventilation in your container is also necessary to keep the temperature of your container from changing. It also comes in handy if you are storing materials that contain harmful gases or chemicals. Cargo containers are outfitted standard with small pressure vents to allow the unit to breathe, but often times that is not enough to create ventilation inside the unit, especially in environments where temperatures fluctuate drastically.

There are a variety of modifications that can also be done to improve ventilation. Choices from Rooftop turbine vents and exhaust fans to full HVAC cooling/heating systems can be installed to meet any specific need.

Security:

The other obvious benefit of a shipping container is the amount of security provided. Aside from keeping out bad weather, your container will also make sure no unwanted guests (like rodents) will be tampering with your product inside. Additional security locks can always be added as well. This year has been full of heatwaves, hurricanes, and everything in between. It is a wise decision to store your products in a unit that can handle these harsh conditions. Whether you are renting or buying, Container Technology has a container 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.

How Do You Make Shipping Containers?

By October 3rd, 2016 About Containers No Comments
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Shipping containers are everywhere now; they are being used as restaurants, shops, and even homes! With the abundance of shipping container architecture, it is easy to forget where the shipping container originates from and its purpose. Today, shipping containers are the backbone of modern trade. We know that shipping containers come in various sizes and shapes, but how exactly are they made? We live in a world where most things today are built using some sort of automated machine. However, this is not true for shipping containers. Shipping containers are built in enormous factories in China by construction specialists in full safety gear who use heavy duty machinery to weld, cut, rivet and join the pieces together. Sparks fly everywhere as the container moves down the production line. Here are the steps to build a shipping container:

Step 1: Creating Wall Panels

Shipping containers begin their life as a giant roll of steel. The steel is unrolled and cut into pre-measured sheets. The wall panels are cut down from the large steel sheets into smaller sheets and a metal stamping process is used to create the desired form. The sheets are then sandblasted and corrugated. The corrugation, which gives the walls their wave-like texture, adds strength to the container. Next, the smaller panels are laid out and welded together to create the full-sized wall panel. Finally, square tubing is welded onto the top and bottom of the wall. This tubing allows the walls to be welded to the floors and roof of the container.

Step 2: Construction of the Undercarriage

Now it’s time to assemble the undercarriage, or the frame that will hold up the container flooring. The floor frame is mostly made up of I-beams. Two longer I-beams are laid out perpendicularly running the length of the container. Smaller I-beams are welded in between these longer beams to create a raft-like base. When the welding is done, the floor frame is sanded to be certain that there are no rough joints.

Step 3: Assembly

All the individual wall panels, roof panels, and floor braces are completed separately prior to being combined together. Square tubing is welded to the top of the wall along with the corner frame, floor frame, and corner post assemblies. When the major components are assembled, a jig is used to help make sure they are straight and flush fitting. Doors are installed onto the floor frame first, then wall panels, and finally the roof panels are fitted and installed into place.

Step 4: Painting and Priming

Next, the container is brought to the painting area. The first layer of paint applied is a primer. The primer is a preparatory coating used to secure the additional layers and to help the paint better adhere to the container. This additional layer also helps protect the container. After the primer is completely dried, the container is sprayed with paint several times. These layers of paint help to secure the container against the harsh elements of traveling by sea, such as salt and water.

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Step 5: Flooring

After the painting process is complete, it is time to install the flooring. The floor of the container consists of marine plywood panels. Before the panels are placed in the container, a protective coating is applied to ensure that bugs and other pests are not present in the wood. After the protective coating dries, the panels are positioned on top of the floor frame and screwed down into the steel floor beams.

Step 6: Decals, Identification, and Doors

The container is now ready to be adorned with the shipping line’s logo and/or any advertisements. The decals are similar to stickers, which have an adhesive backing. The container is labeled with an identification code that is unique to each container. The first three letters on the container identifies the owner of the container, the fourth character identifies the product group code, the fifth to tenth characters make up a serial number that is assigned by the owner of the container. The final character is known as a “check digit” and it is used to verify the previous 10 characters.

After being labeled, the hardware can be installed. The doors handles and locking mechanism are fitted and a rubber gasket is wrapped around the doors to make sure they are watertight. Each container is tested thoroughly for water tightness, holes, or leaks.

Now that you know a little bit more about the process it takes to create a container, are you impressed? Even more impressive is the cost of a container. Give Container Technology Inc. a call at (877) 670-0229 or fill out an online quote form. Container Technology has knowledgeable sales reps that help you pick the right container for your specific needs and budget.

Industry Legend: Rick Nuckols

By April 27th, 2016 About Containers No Comments
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Rick Nuckols

When a customer needs something you don’t offer, you can send them down the road. Or, you can find a way to fill the need. Rick Nuckols got started in the portable storage industry by choosing option number two.

“Right after I left the Coast Guard, I was in the construction industry,” he says. “I was working in the field as an ironworker, and also as an estimator. And somebody came into the facility and wanted some containers repaired and stored. So, I put together a small company to do that.”

This was around 1976, and Rick’s small company became Old Dominion Container Repair. He served as president until 1988.

“In 1988, I founded Container Technology Inc. and signed a contract with GE/Genstar to handle all their sales for North and South America,” Rick says. In 1991, Genstar purchased Itel Containers, becoming the largest leasing company in the world.

“When they purchased Itel, one of the divisions Itel had was Instant Space. They came to me and said they’d buy me out of my contract, and hired me as director of Instant Space for the U.S.,” says Rick.

Rick set up an office in Atlanta. However, Instant Space relocated to the San Francisco bay area in 1994. “I took that opportunity to leave the corporate environment and get back into what I truly enjoy, which is being an entrepreneur.”

At the time, Rick had a business partner, Wayne Lawson. They asked Amy Gilbert from Instant Space to join their new venture. The three of them re-built Container Technology from the ground up.

“We had 20-some containers and got back into the storage and leasing business,” says Rick. “We grew the business over a very short period. We had 1,200 containers by 1997. It was a time in the industry when people were just starting to figure out all the applications they could use containers for.”

William Scotsman approached Rick about buying his storage fleet.

“It was an asset sale, not selling the company,” he says. “Our noncompete was only for the storage side, so we continued doing sales around the country, and also modifications. In 2001, we started another dry storage division, so we were back to sales, modifications, refrigeration, and dry storage.”

As Container Technology continued to grow, it gained more suitors.

“In 2007, we had two national companies contact us about buying out our dry-storage fleet,” Rick says. “We had to decide whether to keep it and continue to grow or focus on other areas. The fleet was over 1,000 containers. We sold the fleet. Not a lot of companies have sold their storage fleet twice.”

Rick and his team continued doing sales, modifications, and refrigeration. But in 2012, the terms of the fleet-sale contract let them get back into dry storage.

Container Technology has continued to grow. “I guess it’s a combination of timing, being blessed, and making good decisions,” says Rick. “And our philosophy is always get the right people that are a good fit for what we’re trying to do.

Rick says that integrity, intelligence, and loyalty are the keys to finding the right players.

“I used to be a micromanager, and I’m someone who’s always had high expectations for myself and anybody who works with me,” he says. “But I always try to be fair and open about what’s going on and where we’re going and how. I try to give them the tools they need to succeed. We try to create an environment where they treat it like it’s their own business. Making people feel appreciated is so important.”

Rick builds that sense of ownership by basing compensation on the success of the business overall. He also helps his employees develop their careers.

“I started as a temp receptionist in 1992 for Genstar,” says Amy. “Now, I own 40 percent of Container Technology. That tells you what kind of person Rick is. He loves to see everyone around him be successful.”

It sounds like Rick leads by example.

“Rick is somebody who gives 110 percent in every single thing he does. He’s enthusiastic and energetic – it’s contagious,” says Amy. “He loves to teach and mentor people. He likes to help people be the best they can be. He’s encouraged me over the years to do things I never thought I could do.”

Rick says he’s benefited from similar support.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without my wife of 47 years,” he says. “To have someone who believes in you, who lets you put your house up as collateral? It makes all the difference. There were lots of guys who were smarter than me in this industry. However, they didn’t have that support behind them. But Sharon knew I was an entrepreneur and she gave me her unconditional support.”

Now, Rick gets to reap the benefits of building his business and team.

“This is the best team that I’ve ever had,” he says. “I get to be at the end of my career and watch them grow the business. It’s really, really rewarding. They are my ‘business family.’ Every day I come here, I’m excited.”

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