Shipping Container Care Instructions

If you’ve invested in a shipping container – whether it be for storage, transport or modification – then you’ll no doubt want to know how to ensure that it remains efficient and usable for as long as possible. There are a few key care instructions that will help you make the most of your container and guarantee continued longevity.

  1. Keep it flat. Keeping your container on well-drained, level ground will minimise the risk of accelerated corrosion. If the container is not level, water will pool in certain areas, potentially leading to corrosion of the underside of the container. Furthermore, storing a container on an irregular surface for extended periods may warp the containers shape. This means internal surfaces may become uneven and can lead to difficulties storing goods or opening and closing access doors.
  2. Keep it dry. First and foremost, unless specialised for transport of liquid/wet goods, do not load items into your container unless they are completely dry. Not only can excess moisture lead to the growth mould and mildew (that can damage your goods), but it can also lead to increased corrosion and faster container ageing. When storing or transporting, it may also be beneficial to ensure there is a gap between the container and surrounding external items. This will allow airflow and will further reduce the risk of moisture.
  3. Keep it smooth. For optimal operation, ensure your door hinges and movable locks are greased or lubricated regularly. Sometimes, after long periods of time, container doors can seize and become extremely difficult to open. Greasing the hinges will ensure efficiency when loading and unloading and will reduce the likelihood of seized doors or handles. Additionally, after about 15 years, you may need to look into replacing door seals if they begin to deteriorate.
  4. Keep an eye on it. Containers should be regularly inspected for dirt, rust, dents and holes. Dirt and debris on or within the container should be cleaned or removed as build up may cause more serious damage. Rust should be cleared and potentially treated to prevent further decay. If dents are visible they should be monitored and any holes that are discovered should be repaired immediately to avoid exposure to harmful conditions.
  5. Keep off the roof. One of the best things about a shipping container is its strength. They are able to withstand the harshest of conditions and keep the goods inside safe and secure. Although extremely strong overall, the strength comes mainly from the outer cube rather than the large steel sheets – meaning the centre of the roof can be quite vulnerable. For this reason, and to avoid causing unexpected damage, it is recommended that minimal weight be placed on the container roof.
  6. REFFRIGERATED CONTAINERS: If you purchased a refrigerated container, it is recommended that you have the refrigeration unit professionally serviced at regular intervals. This will ensure that the temperature control capabilities are in full working order and that your goods are kept safe and hygienic within. Furthermore, a qualified service will mean you can avoid the extended periods of downtime associated with more serious refrigeration issues.
  7. MODIFIED CONTAINERS: Along with the above-mentioned care instructions, if your container has been modified then it is imperative that you regularly check any additional changes that might’ve been made. Modifications like cut-outs, plumbing and electrical need to be inspected to ensure they are safe, fully functioning and fulfilling their purpose.

If you any other questions about storing and maintaining your shipping container, do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly team today!