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What is a general-purpose Shipping Container?

What is a general-purpose Shipping Container?

Shipping containers come in a range of sizes with 20 ft containers & 40 ft containers the most common. A general-purpose Shipping Containers is what is known as a standard heigh or 8’6 (2600mm) high container.

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Shipping Containers

  • What are the advantages of using shipping containers?

    Shipping Containers are more than just a vehicle to shift cargo around the world, shipping containers create ideal domestic storage solutions, the strength of the structure lends itself to a multitude of alternate uses. Containers can be used for cafes, bars, workshops, homes, site offices, switchrooms and lunchrooms just to name a few.      

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  • Do shipping containers get reused?

    Shipping containers can see 30 + voyages before being retired for its secondary/ domestic life, making them one of the most reused commodities on earth. Containers typically get reused and re-purposed for a variety of commercial and domestic requirements.

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  • What are some economic benefits of repurposing a shipping container?

    Shipping containers are built to last, reusing shipping containers for alternate purposes can have a positive impact on reducing the carbon footprint. When upcycling & utilising a container to form part of a structure it can also reduce the overall cost of the project.

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  • How long will a shipping container last?

    The lifespan of a Shipping Container depends on several factors. If you’re buying a new or used containers its important the container is maintained to ensure any rust forming is treated prior to spreading and causing unwanted holes. Properly maintained containers can serve you for 30+ years.

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  • How do you repurpose a shipping container?

    Shipping Containers can be repurposed in a multitude of ways, the containers strength of manufacturing is key to its versatility. Containers can be joined together, stacked 9 high, and cut and shut to produce the space for almost any application.

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  • How are shipping containers sustainable?

    The repurposing of Shipping Containers prolongs the containers life reducing the requirement of further mining of metals. Upcycle of containers is having a positive impact on the environment.

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  • Will a shipping container withstand a cyclone/tornado?

    So long as the shipping container is properly anchored and secured it should survive a cyclone/tornado. Most of the cyclone/tornado destruction occurs a few meters above the ground, so another option if you are in a cyclonic region is to place your shipping container underground.

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  • Can you use a shipping container underground?

    Preparation is key. Containers are susceptible to underground pressures so it’s important to have additional structural support for the roof of the container. This is achieved by welding steel bars to the underside of the container roof and covering the roof with concrete.

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  • Do shipping containers make good storage?

    Yes, Shipping containers are a readymade storage solution that comes to you. When buying or hiring a container, the container can generally be delivered within a few days, meaning you will be able to securely store your goods in a dry lockable environment in the location that is most convenient to you.

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  • Are shipping containers waterproof?

    Yes, Shipping Containers that have not experience corrosion, have good door seals and a solid floor are considered wind and watertight.

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  • Do you need planning permission for a container house?

    This depends on your local jurisdiction, its critical you speak to your regions local planning authority prior to building a container house.

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  • How do you stop condensation in a shipping container?

    The best way to prevent condensation is to ventilate the container. The air circulation will assist in the prevention of condensation build up and equalise the air temperature by circulating the outside ambient temperature inside the container.

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  • What is the weight of an empty 20ft shipping container?

    An empty 20 ft containers weigh between 2200 & 2300 kg.

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  • How strong is a shipping container?

    The shipping Container is an engineering marvel. Shipping Containers are designed to be loaded with up to 30 tonnes of goods then stacked as high as nine high.

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  • Can you store a car in a shipping container?

    Yes, internally 20 ft containers are approx. 8 ft wide & 8 ft tall with a length of about 19', this is sufficient room for most family cars to be transported.

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  • What is cargo texture?

    Cargo Texture is the use of shipping container profile as a feature in a building design. Shipping Container corrugated wall panels, container framing, cargo doors, and cross members are constructed with metal and create a point of difference and provide a weathered industrial feel.

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  • How are Shipping Containers Delivered?

    Container are delivered on self-offloading trucks, there are a few differing methods utilised to deliver your container mostly dependant on the access at the delivery site. For a details description on Shipping Container delivery head over to our delivery page.

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  • What is a general-purpose Shipping Container?

    Shipping containers come in a range of sizes with 20 ft containers & 40 ft containers the most common. A general-purpose Shipping Containers is what is known as a standard heigh or 8’6 (2600mm) high container.

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  • What is a High Cube Shipping Container?

    Shipping containers come in 2 standard sizes, 8’6, being a general-purpose Shipping Container and High Cube Containers, which are 9’6 high.

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  • Who invented the Shipping Container?

    Malcolm Purcell McLean invented the Shipping Container that changed the world. Malcom was an American businessperson and transport entrepreneur who developed the modern container in the second half of the twentieth century. Now known as Containerization, Malcolm’s design significantly reduced the cost of freight transportation by eliminating the requirement for repeatedly handling individual pieces of cargo. The modern Shipping Container also improved reliability, reduced lost cargo to theft whilst cutting inventory costs by significantly reducing transit time. We tip our hat to you Malcolm.

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  • How do I tie down my goods inside the Shipping Container?

    ISO containers have lashing points along the side walls top and bottom as well as in the 4 corners of the container.

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