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Why Shipping Containers Make Great Storm Bunkers

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

You probably have seen shipping containers being used for everything from pop-up shops to on-site offices. But did you know shipping containers can be used as storm bunkers? It’s true. Over the years, the shipping container industry has become a big part of disaster management because these units are strong and built to last. They’re not only durable but they’re portable as well, which makes them perfect candidates for storm shelters in areas of the country prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes, tropical storms and tornadoes.

Steel shipping containers are manufactured to withstand rain, wind, snow, and ice, with the ability to endure up to 150 MPH winds. Traditional storm shelters are located underground but there is a trend moving toward above-ground storm shelters crafted out of storage containers. They’re an affordable solution to an otherwise expensive and labor-intensive alternative. Here are the pros and cons to each.

Challenges With Underground Shipping Container Bunkers

While an ingenious, convenient and affordable solution, converting a shipping container into an underground storm bunker isn’t as easy as you may think. Yes, such containers are stackable, but they are designed to bear weight on corner posts — they are not meant to support extreme pressure from all sides. You’ll have to do research to find out if an above-ground or underground shipping container shelter would be best for your needs and region.

Underground shipping containers can handle the elements very well and are the safest place to be in any storm, especially a tornado. But you can’t just bury a couple of stacked shipping containers and expect them not to buckle under the pressure. A container’s strength lies in its solid steel framing, rather than its corrugated-steel side walls. Before putting a container in the ground, it has to be reinforced on the interior and exterior so it doesn’t suddenly collapse or cave-in over time.

When burying a cargo container, you also need plenty of ventilation. You don’t want moisture to build up either. Placing silica bead pouches in the corners can help to retain some of that moisture. If you let moisture go, it can breed mold, which poses a health threat to humans.

Shipping containers made of Corten steel, AKA “weathering” steel, are comprised of rust-resistant steel alloys combined with rust-resistant paint. This combination helps your container better resist harsh weather. You’ll have to make sure the doors of your unit are sealed properly and are wind and watertight (WWT). This makes sense, since storms often bring with them torrential rains. You don’t want that to seep into your underground shelter.

While underground shipping container storm bunkers are certainly a good option, they take more maintenance and reinforcement efforts to ensure they perform safely and efficiently.

What About Above-Ground Shipping Containers?

While underground storm shelters are more common and popular, above-ground steel shipping containers converted to storm shelters may be a better option. These come with no moisture build-up issues, plus they don’t need as much care and maintenance. You don’t need stairs with an above ground shelter, either, making for easier entry and exit by occupants.

When transforming a shipping container into a storm shelter, you’ll have to properly secure the unit to the ground around it. Most steel shipping containers include areas that can be used as tie-downs. You could install anchors in concrete, using a steel cable to secure the container so it remains stable even in the nastiest of storms.

In Conclusion

As you can see, there are benefits and drawbacks to both underground and above ground containers for use as storm bunkers. Regardless of which one you go with, you can’t neglect the planning and research phases to ensure a functional and above all safe storm shelter.

While most shipping container providers don’t actually construct the storm shelters for you, you can purchase the container from them and take it to a contractor specializing in this type of project.

Again, you’ll need to do your research so you’re choosing a professional that has a reputable track record of efficiency and safety.

 

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you would like a quote on a shipping container to use as a storm bunker for your commercial or residential property, contact us at 910-483-7828. We would be happy to give you an estimate on the exact type of container you need, no matter what its purpose.

 

 

 

Shipping Containers: The Difference in Appearance and Condition

Monday, June 28th, 2021

The good, the bad, the ugly: not all shipping containers are created equal. Some are ugly yet still do the job. Others are in pristine condition but you’ll pay top dollar. From one-trip containers to D grade, there are many levels of containers in terms of their appearance and condition.

New/One Trip

These containers have only been used once in international shipping, and were usually built within the last two years. These containers are in excellent condition. You will pay the most for this type but this is a good investment if you need a top-notch container that will be pulling double duty for you for many years.

Cargo Worthy

Cargo worthy storage containers have been inspected and feature a seaworthy certification. If you are planning to ship goods with your container, you’re best off buying a cargo worthy storage container, which has no differences (at least in terms of condition) than a wind and watertight (WWT) container (more on that below).

But this type has the added benefit of being inspected by maritime surveyors, approved for use shipping goods and products overseas. You will pay a few hundred bucks more for this type than WWT simply because of that approval.

WWT

This is the most functional and economical solution, and is generally the most affordable cargo box out there. WWT stands for Wind and Water Tight. They range in condition and are in abundant supply. They are used, which means they vary in color, may have some surface rust, and may be dented and dinged.

But they are more affordable because they don’t have to undergo inspection by a maritime surveyor. Sometimes, they can be inspected by an experienced shop personnel at your direction and can be repaired to ensure they are indeed wind and water tight.

As-Is

As-is containers are sort of like homes being sold as-is – meaning you buy the home/container as it is right now, with no extra work being done on the part of the seller to spruce it up. You’ll likely be looking at some damage which occurred somewhere along the line in the shipping process, as well as structural problems or a lot of rust.

These containers are past the point of being considered WWT. As such, they are much cheaper to buy than cargo worthy or WWT storage containers, but you do have to contend with the damage. This may not matter to you depending on the intended usage, so you can save yourself quite a bit of money here.

Here at Transocean, we have our own system of “grading” our containers. Here’s a look at what each category means.

A Grade

These boxes are in excellent condition, with minimal, if any, rust, good condition doors and gaskets, no major dents, few patches in the roof, and floors in very good condition. Choose this if aesthetics are important to you or you plan to paint the container.

B Grade

With these, you will notice some rust spots but they are mostly superficial in nature – no more than six inches in diameter. You will get good condition doors and gaskets with little to no rust around seals or hinges. You may have to patch a couple of places in the roof or floor, but overall this is a good value as part of a good quality container. Great if you’re planning to use it for storage.

C Grade

Rust, while still superficial, is definitely noticeable yet not predominant. You could see rust spots greater than six inches in diameter. Doors may still function but you may see rust around gaskets, hinges or at the tops of doors. Multiple patches on the roof and floor are likely, with delamination of the flooring as well.

This is our most common and popular grade of shipping container. They’re kind of ugly, but still provide good structural stability.

D Grade

At this level, rust is structural and predominant. You may have a hard time opening or closing doors, and gaskets may be loosening. Severe rust could be accumulating around the seals, with loose floors and severe delamination. Sides often feature large dents or deflections in D grade containers, which can be 20 years old or older. A bit more ugly than the C grade, D grade containers are great for storing 4-wheelers and lawnmowers.

Not sure which grade or type you want? Just ask us!

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

As leaders in the shipping container industry, we can connect you with the most appropriate type of container for your needs and budget. Feel free to ask for a free quote when you contact us at 910-483-7828.

 

 

 

8 Benefits of Modular Construction

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Modular structures can serve as temporary or permanent buildings, extra classrooms, office spaces and more. Using a shipping container or other modular unit for your structure uses fewer materials, takes less time to build and maintains its durability throughout its lifespan. If you’re looking for an easier way to preserve space, time, and money, consider shipping containers and other specialized units.

Check out these eight benefits to modular construction, which can be used for anything from warehouse storage to offices to homes. We hope these tips guide you in making the best possible decision on a modular structure or shipping container near you.

1.  No Impact on Business

If you’re using a modular structure or shipping container for your business, there will be little to no impact on your business operations. They can be set up fast and on-site, which means there’s zero downtime in productivity for you and your staff. This means you can keep making money and serving your customers while saving money and time on construction costs. In fact, you are taking away about 80 percent of construction from your site.

2. Environmentally-Friendly

You’re helping the environment when you use containers and modular structures. Why? They take fewer materials to construct and the materials that are used are sustainable and recycled products. Do your part to reduce your carbon footprint and be eco-friendly with a shipping container unit.

3. Cost Effective

Modular units need less room and less labor to construct, with less time to build as well. This saves you money and time, which leaves you with the most reasonable and affordable payment options.

4. Beautiful

Because you can put them together in any way you choose, and decorate and paint them how you want, modular structures are aesthetically appealing to many people. With newer, more modern designs and colors to choose from than ever before, you can really up the ante when it comes to the beauty of the finished products. The result is a unique structure that will spark conversation among guests and visitors.

5. Flexibility

Modular units are flexible and can be used for a variety of purposes. Not only can you choose the size you want, you can even attach the main structure to an existing business space, garden, property, home or building so you can add more square footage to your usable space at a fraction of the cost of traditional construction.

You can grow in size as quickly or as slowly as you want, using the container for any purpose such as:

  • Job Site Offices
  • Barriers
  • Construction Site Storage
  • Storm Bunkers
  • Garden Shed
  • Hay Storage Barn
  • Firework Stands
  • Inventory Storage
  • Sports Equipment Storage

This flexibility draws many people to storage units and other modular structures.

6. Mobility

Storage containers are adaptable and mobile, meaning you can use them for virtually any purpose, plus you can move them wherever you want to suit your needs. Their adaptable nature make these containers an attractive choice for many job site foremen, real estate agents and others who have to constantly pick up and move their headquarters as their jobs demand.

7. Durability

Modular structures and storage containers are crafted from strong materials, such as Corten steel, that are able to withstand environmental or physical demands, such as wind, rain, and snow. If you live in an area where the weather can change rapidly and tends to be very harsh, this is a great choice for a structure that can take all the abuse Mother Nature can throw at it.

8. Fewer Labor Costs

Yet another benefit of shipping container structures is the associated reduced costs for construction labor. With a modular building, there’s also not as much maintenance or need for renovations as a traditional building would pose. This naturally saves you money on labor and construction costs. If you’re looking to protect your bottom line, a storage container or modular structure would be the way to go.

The above benefits make modular structures a wise choice over traditional buildings.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

We are leaders in the shipping container industry, and we know the value these products pose to people just like you. Whether for personal or business reasons, make the wise choice and invest in a storage container or modular structure for your home or office. For more tips and information on why a shipping container is right for you, contact us today for a free quote at 910-483-7828.

 

 

Your Guide to Shipping Container Maintenance

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Even the highest quality shipping containers need some amount of maintenance on a regular basis to ensure a long lifespan. From being mindful of how heavy your stored items are to clearing debris from the roof every now and then, here are some tips on how you can properly maintain your new or used shipping container, no matter what its purpose.

Buy From a Reputable Company

When considering shipping container companies, it’s imperative that you do thorough research. Not all companies are the same. Some have more years of experience than others, while some only offer certain services and not a comprehensive list. Some have great reviews across the board, while others may seem sketchy.

You want your shipping container to last the test of time, obviously. That starts with purchasing the unit from a reputable source. Be aware of the various types of containers you can buy. For example, there are two types of used shipping containers: “one-trip” and “used.”

“One-trip” containers are those that have been in the ocean just once as they traveled overseas to your destination. “Used” containers may have made several transocean trips, and usually feature more wear and tear than one-trip containers. The level of maintenance you give your container will depend on which type it is.

Be Aware of Weight

You may think that just because you have a lot of room in your storage container that you can pile it high with heavy stuff. Not so. It’s best not to store lots of heavy objects in your container. By the same token, you want to lessen the amount of weight on your roof, so never store heavy objects up there either.

Shipping containers tend to support the bulk of the weight at the four corners, which is why you don’t want to place a heavy object across the roof. If you absolutely need to store stuff up top, make sure the bulk of those objects lands on the corners.

Clear Debris, Water, Ice or Snow Off the Roof

On a regular basis and particularly after a storm, clear debris from the top of the roof to avoid cave-ins. Anything from standing water and leaves to snow and ice can weaken the Corten steel material. Eventually, it will rust and get thinner. After extreme weather, take a look at the roof and make sure you get off all debris.

Perform Climate Control System Maintenance

Following your manufacturer’s recommendations, perform regular system maintenance on containers with AC units. Be sure to change the filters, and hire a professional to tackle all maintenance, service or repair issues that may crop up.

Inspect the Container For Rust, Dents, Scratches, and Moisture

You can place your shipping container in the most protected place possible and it will still be vulnerable to rust, dents, scratches and moisture. Taking care of these problems when they first occur will ensure they don’t worsen and lead to bigger, more costly problems. Set up a schedule to inspect the unit, such as once every couple of weeks or every month, then stick to it.

Keep Dust and Rust at Bay

Be sure to remove any accumulating dirt and rust you may notice on the exterior of your container. Give it a good wash, using basic commercial soap and water, or even a mild bleach, and a hose. Use a broom beforehand to get off loose, dry debris. If you see large rust spots, call a professional to remove it so they don’t lead to holes.

Replace Caulking and Weather Stripping Annually

Moisture can have disastrous effects on your container, especially if left to sit. If you had caulking or weather stripping in the corners before, you should check on that every once in a while. If it starts to crack or peel, replace the caulk or weather stripping to ensure a longer life for your container. Plus, it will help your climate control system become more efficient.

There are many ways you can maintain your shipping container, as seen above, so that it lasts as long as it was intended to.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

As a leader in the shipping container industry, we value the relationship we have with our clients. Part of our services include educating you on maintenance for your container. If you would like more tips or information on a shipping container near you, contact us today for a free price quote at 910-483-7828.

 

 

The Containerized Water Treatment Trend

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

The water treatment process has been around for decades, and involves a way to ensure the quality of the drinking water in a municipality. As the need for more mobile water treatment facilities ramps up, containerization is necessary to create self-contained mobile treatment plants. This is an emerging trend within the water purification industry as a way of turning natural water into potable water that is free from bacteria and that is safe to drink.

This processes involves settling and filtration in order to get rid of debris, as well as to minimize microbes and remove solids. This process doesn’t have to take place in a huge industrial plant. It can take place in a small contained area. Thus, containerized water treatment in the form of a shipping container offers a mobile solution to this challenge.

You may think it sounds far-fetched but it’s really not. In fact, shipping containers can serve a variety of purposes other than just transportation, ocean travel and storage. As such, more and more containers can be modified and renovated to meet any purpose. You already have the basic structure there. It’s already wind and water tight, waterproof, and durable so it can withstand pretty much anything.

Shipping containers are now being used to make mobile water treatment plants, either within a 10-foot, 20-foot or 40-foot container. Shipping containers are ideal because they’re mobile and all that has to be done is load the treatment plant onto a truck and bring it to the desired site.

If that weren’t enough, these units can be temperature controlled so the plant will be well suited for hot or cold climates.

Did You Know?

One of the most common ways to use a containerized water treatment plant is for the creation of pure drinking water, which can be converted even from raw or sea water. As a result, they can be used at island resorts to create pure drinking water for staff and guests so that clean water doesn’t always have to be brought in. By producing water on site, you’re saving time and money.

Benefits of Shipping Container Water Treatment Plants

Other benefits of these units include:

  • They don’t take up a lot of space.
  • They can be customized to suit your needs.
  • They’re self-contained within one box.
  • They can be transported to different sites as needed.
  • All they need is flat, solid ground for installation.
  • They’re much more cost effective than a permanent structure.
  • They are easy to operate by just a single person.

Many types of customers find themselves in need of a mobile water treatment plant, especially those who have no natural freshwater supply handy. They can also be used by:

  • Industrial applications that need filtered water to use machinery so parts don’t get clogged up during the process.
  • Those who need fresh water supplies in disaster-stricken regions, such as during a wildfire or hurricane. These units can easily be shipped and on site quickly so people can get access to fresh water fast.
  • Mining and agriculture industries for potable water, or for filtering water for crops and powering machines.
  • Homeowners who live on a lake or the beach and who want to make their own drinking water because they either don’t have an alternative source of water, or the source they do have is not safe or tasty to drink.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless! It’s a smart investment that can pay off for many years down the road. You can save money on water bills, conserve energy, and save on construction and operation costs. Making your own household, industrial or commercial water supply also helps reduce your carbon footprint and helps the environment, particularly if you are able to recycle the water you use.

The shipping container water treatment trend continues to grow throughout the country. When will you get in on the trend?

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you would like more information on shipping containers to be converted into water treatment plants, don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free price quote at 910-483-7828. Our experts can provide you with an estimate on customizations and delivery, as well as the cost of a base unit in a variety of sizes. We are happy to explain the ins and outs of the process, let you know what to expect and give you some tips on moving forward with the process.

 

Benefits of Shipping Container Partitions

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

If you plan to store lots of different items in your shipping container, you’ll naturally need a system of separating them from each other. This will keep them safe and contained, as well as provide for easy access when you need something in particular. For that, you’ll need to install shipping container partitions, which will help you maximize the use of the unit as well as all available space.

When using the whole unit as one undivided storage space, things can be tricky even though shipping containers themselves offer the most convenient and cost effective way of storing items. Investing in partitions will help you keep each item in its own space. Shipping containers are especially suited to storing a wide variety of items within one small space. Plus, you can move it around your property as you see fit.

Shipping container partitions can:

  • Separate different spaces inside the container in order to maximize its full use.
  • Help you better define the space within the container.
  • Give you distinct storage areas to keep one type of item from getting mixed in with another.
  • Allow for easy access of any item you need, regardless of its placement within the unit.

Advantages of Shipping Container Partitions

1.     Versatility

Versatility is the biggest benefit of shipping containers. For instance, you can store gardening items in one partition, your kids’ sports equipment in another and excess household goods in yet another. No need to purchase or rent separate units to house all your varied belongings. Partitions can also present a benefit for commercial use. Let’s say you’re a landscaper. You don’t want your flowers and soil to mix in with your heavy duty lawn equipment, do you? Partitions allow you to safely separate these items so each one stays safe.

2.     Organization

With partitions, you’re easily able to organize the contents of your container. Not only are the items themselves stored separately, you can label each partition to clearly mark what is inside. Not only that, but you can also add shelving units to the storage container to add even more partitions within partitions.

Let’s say one partition is used to store gardening supplies. You can use the main partition for the spades, rakes and other larger items, while using shelves or even peg boards above that partition to hang your gloves, small tools and accessories.

3.    Customization

When thinking about shipping container partitions and how you want them customized for your unit, you will have to consider how many areas you want to separate and how large or small you want each one to be. Once you purchase your unit, you can add as many partitions as you want and customize each one. Or, alternatively, you can ask your shipping container company to provide you with modifications at their site prior to delivery. In that case, let them know how many partitions you want and how far apart you want them. Then, when you get the container delivered, it will be ready to go.

When speaking with your provider about adding partitions, ask the following questions:

  • How many partitions can I add?
  • How secure and durable are they?
  • What care and maintenance do they need?
  • How can I clean them?
  • Are there are any limits as to what I can use them for?
  • What material are they made of?
  • How do partitions increase the cost of my unit?
  • How long will it take for delivery of a partitioned unit?

Asking the right questions can make the process transparent and seamless every step of the way. Your storage container provider would be happy to sit down with you and discuss sizing options, partitions, other modifications that may make your unit easier to organize.

When you set up the container properly, you can utilize every inch of the unit, which represents a cost effective and efficient use of space. Who doesn’t want to save money and time? As a savvy home or business owner, you understandably want to make every dollar count, and this is one big way in which you can do that.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you would like a shipping container with partitions or any other type of modification, contact us today for a free price quote at 910-483-7828. In addition to partitions, we can customize your unit with barriers, shelves, storage bins, roller doors, hallways panels and much more.

 

Why You Should Rent a Shipping Container When Renovating Your Home

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Are you making much-needed renovations to your home? Whether you’re updating one room or gutting the whole house, you’ll have to put the leftover materials and debris somewhere – not to mention your furniture and other belongings. What receptacle can you use that’s out of the way and safe? Why, a shipping container of course!

Home renovations can be stressful yet exciting all at the same time. But one thing everyone can agree on, they take a lot of blood, sweat and tears. To ensure a successful home remodel, you have to plan ahead. Part of the planning process is to work out some sort of storage solution for your stuff while the renovation is going on.

Some people temporarily move out of the home when doing improvements, while others have no choice but to stay amidst the projects. Living in a constrained space poses many challenges. You can use a storage container out in the yard or driveway as a receptacle for all your heavy items in the meantime.

Why Should You Rent a Storage Container?

In a nutshell, a container provides a central location to temporarily relocate your furniture while the renovation is going on. Plus, it provides a safe space that is weather proof too. Even if you’re only renovating one or two rooms, it can be stressful to move all the furniture from those rooms into other rooms of the home. That leaves you with a tiny space in which to live. If the renovation will take weeks, you’re best off just to rent a storage container.

Added bonus: you can accomplish the renovations faster and more efficiently.

Benefits of Using a Storage Container for Renovations

Shipping containers will:

  1. Save time you’d otherwise have to spend hauling furniture around your home, which is especially wise when you have to clear out an entire floor of your residence.
  2. Allow you to keep basements, garages and spare rooms clutter free so you can still use them throughout the project.
  3. Protect your furniture and valuables from dust, spills, and other damage.
  4. Give you a weather proof space to store even your most valuable stuff.
  5. Ensure your belongings are safe on your own property rather than at an off-site facility.
  6. Allow you to load and unload on your own time table so you don’t have to stress about strict rental timelines.

Which Container Rental Size and Capacity Do You Need?

Luckily for you, there are many sizes and capacities available to you when renting a shipping container. Consider the size of your home and how much furniture you need to get out of there. Then, you can better match up the storage container capacity.

  • A 20-foot container can accommodate items from a 3 bedroom house
  • A 40-foot container can accommodate items from a 5 bedroom house
  • A 10-foot container can accommodate items from a 1 bedroom house

Checking For Permits and Regulations

Before you rent a shipping container for an upcoming renovation, check with your town or city to find out if they allow storage containers on residential property. Most do. If so, find out how long you can keep it there and if you should know about any regulations governing the use of the container. Keep in mind, each community has its own specific regulations; when combined with the unique nature of your project, you should always verify this information beforehand.

If you live in a condo or townhouse, you should also check with the homeowners’ association before signing on the dotted line. Some HOAs don’t allow containers to be placed on personal property because they detract from the uniform look of the neighborhood.

As you can see, there are a lot of considerations to factor in when renting a storage container for your renovation. In conclusion, storage containers offer many benefits for home owners looking to maximize their space during a renovation while reducing stress at the same time. Just be sure to do your homework and make sure you choose a reputable shipping container provider.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

When want to hire a proven provider of shipping containers in South and North Carolina, as well as Virginia and Georgia, contact us for a free quote to get started. Rest assured, we have more than 40 years of experience in the container sales and rental business.

 

 

How Not to Get Scammed by a Shipping Container Provider

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

Scams are everywhere, from financial scams to coronavirus aid scams. But did you know there are some less than reputable shipping container providers out there that will try to scam you? It’s true. Don’t be a victim. Follow these tips to avoid scams when looking for a shipping container provider.

Look Into the Website’s Domain Name

Find out how long the provider’s website domain has been active. Most legitimate companies have older, established websites, as opposed to a fraudster’s site, which will be very new. That’s because they pop up and disappear frequently to avoid detection.

Check For Legitimate Company Address and Verified Google Name

If you can’t find an actual address on file for the company, this is a big red flag. An established, credible company has an actual address and a verified listing on Google Maps. Make sure the profile is verified and make sure the contact information there matches what’s on their website. Strict verification methods are put in place by Google to ensure scammers don’t abuse the platform because that damages consumer trust.

Verify a Landline Phone Number

Providers that operate with just a cell phone number may be a little sketchy. A landline number indicates a central office, and this points to professionalism. To check for a landline number, look for an area code in the region of company location. Cell phones don’t always indicate location. Make sure that phone number matches with the phone numbers on the website, social media pages, and Google Maps. When you call, take note if it is answered immediately.

Learn How Long They Have Been in Business

Check out the About Us section on their website. Is the content well written or does it look thrown together or too good to be true? Is it too much information, something that could have been copied and pasted from somewhere else? You want to see a strong About Us page that details their experience in your area.

Get Several Quotes

It’s a good idea to choose at least three different providers and call them for quotes. Rock bottom prices that seem too good to be true usually are. They often lure people in with low prices just to get you to call, then hit you with hidden fees later on, or they may require you pay all up front in cash to get such a good rate.

Check for Organic Presence on SERPs

If you only see paid advertisements for the company popping up in the search engines with no organic links, take note. If a company wants to appear in organic search results, they have to have a legitimate website that engages in SEO ranking tactics. If you know anything about SEO, you know how long it takes to build up a presence on the SERPs with organic search alone.

Visit Social Media Pages

These will give you a good idea of the character of the company. Look for a lot of reviews. If they only have a couple, this isn’t a good sign. Make sure they’re recent and positive overall. Some negative reviews are normal, but you should still see if the company reached out to the consumer to acknowledge their complaint and offered to make it right.

Buy Directly From a Container Supplier

The best way to ensure you’re buying direct is to visit the company in-person rather than relying on phone calls and online interactions alone.

Ask to See the Container On-Site

It’s never a good idea to buy or rent a shipping container sight unseen. You should be met with enthusiasm when you ask to see the container, not a NO answer. This is a red flag. Most companies want their customers to be satisfied with the quality of their products, so they should have no problem showing you the inventory.

Don’t Share Banking Information

In order for a shipping container scam to be successful, it has to rely on the ability to get funds from a naive buyer’s bank account. If the company asks you for this information right away, before you have verified all details, take this as another red flag. Banking and payment info should be the very last step in the process.

If you follow the above tips, you should be assured of choosing a reputable shipping container supplier.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

When you’re looking to partner with a proven provider of shipping containers in South and North Carolina, as well as Virginia and Georgia, contact us for a free quote to get started. We have more than 40 years of experience in the container sales and rental business for your peace of mind.

 

 

How to Transform a Container into an Office

Monday, March 15th, 2021

With the shut-downs of last year’s pandemic continuing into 2021, more and more people are working from home. This is becoming a trend in the world of business, with many people setting up their own home office to operate out of either full time or part time. But if your home lacks the extra space for an adequate office, you may have to get creative.

Have you considered creating a home office out of a shipping container? It can be separate from the rest of the home, giving you the privacy and quiet you need, plus it’s quick to set up and cost effective too. All you may need are a few modifications to ensure your container gives you all the comforts of an actual office without all the fuss, cost and upkeep. Best part is, you get to stay home, being there for your family when needed, carting the kids around, doing laundry and making meals, with zero commute time.

Working from home comes with many benefits, such as:

  • More freedom.
  • More time to spend with family and friends.
  • Better work-life balance.
  • Tax write-offs.
  • Keeps your office space expenses low.

It’s possible to transform a new or used shipping container into a comfortable, functional home office.

Temporary Onsite Office Space

If working from home is a temporary endeavor for you, using a shipping container as onsite office space is wise from a financial and practical point of view. There’s no need to construct a permanent room or addition on your home, which translates to a more affordable and convenient solution.

You can put a container office pretty much anywhere, such as your back yard, no matter what the terrain or grade.

Why Are Shipping Containers Great For Office Conversions?

There are many reasons why shipping containers make for good office conversions.

  1. They’re strong. Constructed to withstand the rough conditions of the ocean, shipping containers are naturally made to accommodate a variety of uses under a variety of conditions. Because storage containers are weather-resilient, all your office documents and equipment will remain safe from the elements and secure against possible intruders.
  2. They’re mobile. Containers are easy and affordable to pick up and move should the need arise. That makes onsite containers especially ideal for project managers, construction foremen, real estate agents, architects, regional sales managers and anyone else who isn’t tied to one place for very long.
  3. They can be stacked. Need more room? Do you want to accommodate a few other office mates? No problem. Shipping containers are stackable to transform into a multiple story structure.
  4. They’re spacious. Containers provide enough room to outfit yourself with a standard office, from furniture and desks to printers and computers.
  5. They’re durable. Made to withstand outdoor conditions, shipping containers are rugged and durable, with weatherproofing features that ensure your belongings, furniture and electronics are protected at all times.
  6. They’re customizable. If you want to add other features to your office that didn’t come with the original unit, you can. This includes switching out the flooring, adding a lighting system, putting in new doors, and installing an air conditioner system.
  7. They’re affordable. It’s much cheaper to buy a shipping container as an office than to construct a permanent structure.

Modifications You May Need

There are a few modifications that may make your onsite office more functional, comfortable and secure for you. Common office modifications include:

  • Insulation
  • HVAC systems
  • Windows and doors
  • Shelving
  • Wiring, electrical and lighting for Internet, phone and lights
  • Flooring

You may also want to add a coat of fresh paint to the interior and add some decorative touches. If you bought used and there are some holes, scratches or dents, you’ll have to repair these first.

Doors and Windows

Doors are necessary for entry and exit, while windows are necessary for light and ventilation. Standard shipping containers typically come with double swing doors at either end of the unit, but if you want to customize your unit and put in a standard door with steps or a ramp, you can do so after the fact.

Once you know the requirements of your onsite office, you can start designing the perfect container for your needs.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you need a shipping container to convert into an office, please contact us in our North Carolina or South Carolina offices. We would be happy to assist you in finding the ideal container for your needs at the price that fits your budget.

 

 

How to Create a Shipping Container Office for Home

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

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Those who are well versed in the tiny-house movement won’t be surprised by this proposal at all. But for everyone else – and that’s most people – the idea of turning a shipping container into a workspace is likely a foreign concept.

However, shipping containers offer an inexpensive structure that can be simply converted into an office space with as many or as few improvements as you would like to add.

What Can You Do With a Shipping Container Office?

You might be surprised about what you can do with shipping containers to create a home office. First, it is important to be aware of the fact that people build entire, multi-story houses out of shipping containers. So what can you do to make a home office container?

The limits end with your imagination. 

But also the size – most shipping containers come in a size of 8 feet by 20 feet. Some double ones are 8 feet by 40 feet. At the least, you are working with 160 square feet of office space, so you will need to get creative.

There is no reason you cannot fully convert a shipping container to an office-like setting. Real doors, windows, flooring, walls, lights, exterior siding and trim, heat, and air conditioning can all be added to the shipping container office.

Whether you envision a classic home office set-up that gets you out of the house and into your own space, or an art studio with lots of light, a shipping container is a great foundation for your dreams. Build your dream home office shipping container with this basic starting point.

What Are the Benefits of Using Shipping Containers?

Need a structure that is useable – if not perfect – fast? That’s a shipping container. The day it is delivered you can begin to use it as a shelter for work or living while converting more permanent sections of it such as windows or electric lighting.

You’ll save about a third of the time you would spend building a wooden studio by starting with a shipping container.

Given their need to remain structurally sound and block out water on a long ocean crossing, shipping containers are a ready-made shelter.

These are great for colder areas given the nature of a metal exterior. You gain passive solar heat. Insulating the container is a great idea for both warm and cold areas, but be mindful of how much space this may cost in the already narrow container.

Rather than sending a shipping container that’s on its way to retirement from the shipping lanes to the scrap heap, why not repurpose it into your home office? Recycling in this way is much better for the environment.

Do You Live Somewhere a Shipping Container Office is Permitted?

Like all great building ideas, zoning rules can immediately squash the project you are oh-so-passionate about. Before you decide a shipping container home office is the only answer to your work from home office needs, verify that you will be permitted to have one on your land.

Some things you may need to check on are how close to your property line you can place the container and whether or not providing electricity or plumbing to the container will affect your home’s assessed value and therefore taxes.

How Do You Buy a Shipping Container?

There are several options for buying a shipping container. Companies like us – Transocean Equipment Management – sell shipping containers for a variety of purposes. As shipping container conversions become more popular, we are happy to work with those looking to build.

If you are looking for a shipping container to purchase, decide what your budget is and what condition would be acceptable. 

You will likely pay over $5,000 on average for a new shipping container. You can also find small, used containers for under $1,500.

Most used shipping containers are only sent to transport products once, which reduces their exposure and degradation. If you are looking for a used shipping container to build a shipping container office, you will need to ascertain the level of rusting. Also, investigate the possible exposure to corrosive or dangerous substances in transport.

Don’t forget to factor in transport to your location. This may add additional costs or require a secondary company to actually move the container. Placing the container on your land may mean finding a forklift or crane to position it.

Before locking in a purchase, try to get quotes from every step of the process so there are no price surprises.

Who Will Help You Convert?

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You can design a shipping container office by yourself, but you can also work with an architect to design the exterior conversions and interior changes. Before any work begins, an architect or engineer should be consulted to ascertain the structural integrity of the changes you plan to make. 

Hiring tradespeople to assist with the actual conversion is not just smart – some locations may require it. For instance, to be up to code you made need to have an electrician do final wiring on electric work you need done.

In the tiny house community, many workers specialize in building small spaces and converting things like shipping containers or vans. Finding tradespeople with this  specialized experience may give you the best outcomes.

Search Tiny House or Tiny Living groups to find recommendations for local workers in your area.

First Steps

Once you have committed to purchasing a shipping container and received your permits, you will be prepared to have your shipping container delivered to your property. 

By working with an architect or engineer, you locate an area of level ground that will be best to place your shipping container on. They will also help you choose what sort of foundation will be best for your container. 

Depending on your land and weather, you may need to choose between putting the container on elevated pillars or a concrete platform.

Conversions to Make

Cut doors and windows into the sides of the shipping container, rather than using the heavy end doors already installed in the container. 

Add all the comforts of a home. If the container’s walls, ceiling, and floor are a basic frame, then easily convert insulation, flooring, sheetrock or wood walls, lighting and outlets can all.

A great conversion that will make your eco-friendly shipping container office even greener is to add solar panels. Depending on the placement of your shipping container on your land and the condition of your home’s electrical panel, opting for an autonomous power source like solar panels may be your best bet. 

What DIYs Are Achievable for the Average Person?

There are many parts of converting a home office shipping container that can be accomplished without the help of a contractor, depending on the skill level of the DIY-er.

While things like cutting window holes or running electrical wiring should be overseen by a metal fabricator or electrician, respectively, the container owner can tackle other projects.

Framing inside the container with two-by-fours is a job that requires someone with basic hammer, drill, saw, and level skills. Packing insulation is likewise an intro-level DIY.

Though sheetrock hanging is likely a two-person job, it is also something that can be a do-it-yourself afternoon project.

With simple click-lock flooring systems or self-adhesive vinyl tiles, most anyone can lay floors in a container office.

Painting and decorating – likely the most fun part of the job – are also the part of the project that takes the least amount of know-how skill. Make the container your custom dream office with some classic paint colors and interior decor.

A Proper Container Build-Out Is a Valuable Investment

Going into a conversion of a shipping container thinking that it will save you oodles of money may be the wrong approach. It can save on construction costs and the time it takes to put up a structure. Paying to do things correctly (like a foundation and proper  permitting) is worth the cost.

Budget appropriately so that your shipping container office is comfortable and useable, with the correct amount of insulation, temperature regulation, light, and power sources for your work. Creating a unique, functional space adds value to your property.

A Shipping Container Office Starts with the Right Container

Transocean Equipment Management has a wide variety of shipping containers you need for creating a shipping container office at your home. We offer a variety of sizes and types, as well as new or used containers. Containers are customizable to meet your basic need for the shell of your home office.

Want to get to work inside of the box? Think “out of the box” with Transocean Equipment Management.

We are happy to provide a free price quote online. Get in touch today to learn more!

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