What are Storage Containers?

By , May 27, 2010 3:39 am

Storage containers are very secure and virtually vandal proof. As standard, there is provision for the fitment of padlocks to the door handles. For extra security a steel ‘Lock Box’ can be fitted to the storage container doors. A ‘Lock Box’ is designed to accept a high security container padlock, and protect the lock from being tampered with. Some padlocks are supplied with numbered keys.

Standard ISO freight containers are designed to withstand the rigors of marine transportation and are constructed with a high tensile steel rigid framework, with corrugated steel walls and doors. The floors are treated 28mm marine ply that is both rot and vermin proof , mounted on steel cross members. Standard containers have double doors fitted to one end of, retained by 4 full height locking bars all fitted with lockable handles. Additionally we also fit a high security lock box. Our containers are designed to be stacked 9 high on a ship whilst loaded with 30 tonnes of cargo in each, therefore when used for storage they will give years of maintenance free life.

Storage containers are mainly used for transporting an storing goods, but there is a lot moreabout them that you may not know. There are many different storage container sizes and condition grades that will influence price and quality when buying or hiring a storage container. Firstly we will talk about the different storage container grades to choose from.

There are four main grades of storage containers – New Builds (brand new containers), Premium Painted Storage Containers (refubished to near new storage containers), A Grade Storage Containers (serviced used storage containers), and Standard Grade Storage Containers (used containers straight off the stack – No service and usually slight damage). The price of these containers is usually gaged by the condition of the storage container and where the storage container will be delivered too.

There are three main storage container sizes – 10ft storage containers, 20ft storage containers and 40ft storage containers. The most popular storage container are the 20ft storage containers as they are commonly used to import and export goods around the world and are easier to load and store. Storage container companies mostly stock these storage containers for sale as they are abundant in most Ports around the country. 10ft and 40ft storage containers are also readily available from most container companies, though they can be more expensive depending on demand. Some storage container companies can also modify existing storage containers in other sizes by extending or shortening the containers and re-welding them.

When buying or hiring a storage container, delivery is something that will need to be arranged prior to ordering. 10ft and 20ft storage container sizes are usually delivered by a tilt tray transporter, while 40ft storage containers are delivered by a side loader transporter. A Hiab loader can also be used to deliver a storage container when delivering containers in confined areas, this is because the transporter has a mounted crane to lift and drop the storage container in place. Storage container hire is also an alternative if you’re not looking to buy a storage container outright. Most shipping container companies have long term and short term storage container options available upon request.

There are also other specialised storage container products that storage container companies manufacture. The four main modified storage container products include site offices, portable workshops, dangerous goods storage containers and accommodation unit containers. These modified storage containers are fitted with numerous storage container accessories such as doors and windows, kitchenettes and ensuites, air conditioners, power packs, vents and whirlybirds just to name a few. Storage container homes are looking more and more viable for the small house and small living movement. Yearly, millions of storage containers arrive in Australian ports, but only a portion of these containers ever leave our consumptive shores. For many companies, the cost of shipping empty storage containers back across seas for reuse exceeds that of purchasing new ones. Add to that our negative balance of trade, and empty storage containers start piling up. Although the problem remains formidable, out of the box thinkers are coming up with great ways to make use of the hundreds of thousands of storage containers for sale that are literally stacking up around the world. As it turns out, with a little spiffing-up, used storage containers are ideal building blocks for prefab homes, and their reuse can provide answers to environmental and social problems alike.

For more information, go to the Port Container Services website, where you can find lots of images of some of the specialised storage container modifications above.

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