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How Places of Worship Are Using Storage Containers Amidst COVID-19

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly turned things upside down this year. Churches and other places of worship had to close their doors for many months, and some are still closed. Others are open now, but with social distance measures in place. Many religious organizations are finding they need places to accommodate overflow attendance, perhaps with a live stream feed to the sermon.

A storage container would make the perfect solution.

Churches are undeniably convenient gathering places, not just for daily or weekly worship purposes, but for weddings, sacraments, spiritual observance, blessings, and other events. Let’s take a look at the effect the pandemic has had on places of worship and how they can use shipping containers moving forward.

A Look at the Stats

Did you know 65% of American adults belong to a church or some kind of place of worship? This translates to about 160 million people in the United States. Many of them have been displaced from weekly Masses and other congregations, as well as major holiday gatherings. For instance, one of the largest church gatherings of the year is Easter, which happened during the middle of lockdowns back in April.

Ninety-percent of churchgoers said their churches had closed in response to the outbreak, according to PEW Research. For many of those religious organizations, their services had to move online, similar to the way in which offices and classrooms had to adjust. While this may be helpful for some, the traditional in-person interactions provided by a place of worship have disrupted that sense of community.

Just like with video calls for businesses and schools, the clarity and crispness of any interaction depends greatly on the Internet connection on either side, resulting in frequent interruptions or even missed services. How can churches enable worship without putting their parishioners at risk?

Shipping Containers as Temporary Churches

The concept of the shipping container has evolved from a simple cargo carrier into a durable, reliable building material. Hospitals, schools and restaurants have long been taking advantage of storage containers either for their business foundation or as extensions of their core offerings.

Churches are now being constructed using shipping containers with great urgency due to COVID-19. But the practice itself is really nothing new. One church in Los Angeles was awarded the American Institute of Architects Design Award for its innovative use of storage containers back in 2009.

Such shipping containers have been a huge help for churches, allowing them to rebuild or extend their services without having to finance another location at great expense. Take the 2011 Christchurch earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, for example. This popular 19th century stone cathedral was completely destroyed as a result. However, church leaders and parishioners came together to resurrect the church with four 20-foot shipping containers.

Why do shipping containers make excellent materials for these types of structures? They are:

  • Fireproof and waterproof, and can withstand harsh weather conditions
  • Durable, strong and sturdy
  • Easy to move from one location to another
  • Eco-friendly and sustainable, reducing the use of brick, steel and cement

With social distancing measures needed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many churches have either closed down completely or limited their services. But with the use of shipping containers, churches are able to extend their spaces or make smaller spaces for those who want to visit every day.

Outside of the house of worship itself, containers can be used as mobile offices for church staff to perform administrative tasks or even as small classrooms for Bible school on Sundays.

Because shipping containers are so portable, mobile chapels can be moved to accommodate churchgoers who find it difficult to attend.

Once churches can fully reopen, rented containers may be returned to storage container providers, while purchased containers may be used for other events on an ongoing basis.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

Looking to outfit a storage container for your place of worship or other repurposed use? We would be happy to assist you with pricing and terms. Please contact us today for a free quote.


How to Convert a Shipping Container into a Tiny Home

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

In the last few years, the concept of tiny homes has been hitting the design and real estate world. More and more people are ditching the commitments and high prices of large mortgages and huge homes, and opting for small homes made out of storage containers.

Here’s how you can use a storage container to achieve the perfect homestead that underlines your new minimalist lifestyle!

Make Sure to Plan Ahead

If you plan to use a cargo container as the basis for your tiny house, the first step to staying within your budget is to have a plan. If you neglect having a budget and schedule, costs can get out of control quickly. All the savings you thought you’d be taking advantage of with a tiny house can evaporate without some restrictions. Be sure to map out the amount of room you will need, take detailed measurements and think about how many stories you want your tiny house to be.

Avoid Silly Mistakes

Make sure to check with your town or community about the zoning, building and planning regulations. Don’t assume just because it’s a tiny house that you won’t need to follow the rules. Many cities have strict guidelines regarding zoning issues and construction regulations. If you don’t work these out beforehand, those oversights can get expensive in the end. Do this before you even buy a cargo container and start converting it. Know where you want to put it and what your city’s rules are.

Do Your Research

Before you buy a shipping container, understand what you’re getting. This is especially true of used containers. Some have been used more than others, and this wear and tear will show up in many ways. Make sure you inspect it in person so you can make note of any damage and its current condition. Remember: once you buy it, you’re the owner. If you get it home and don’t like its condition, yet you were given a chance to inspect it, you have no recourse.

Prioritize Needs vs. Wants

When building a home of any size, your budget can get out of control quickly. Create a list of things on which you are willing to spend money, vs. those on which you can skimp. Make sure you add enough storage so your tiny house can at least accommodate your basic needs. List out the most expensive things first so you will know if you have enough padding in the budget to take on some of the extras you want.

Tiny house living is the latest trend, but this doesn’t mean you should skip all the planning and budgeting. It all starts with finding a reputable shipping container company.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you’re looking for an alternative living concept and are interested in getting a quote on a storage container to convert to a tiny home, contact us at 910-483-7828. We would be happy to give you a free price quote.



7 Must-Ask Questions When Renting a Storage Container

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Whether you’re looking to rent a shipping container for additional storage, want to set up a mobile office or create a home base for your construction project, it’s critical to do your homework before you make a decision on a provider. That means you have to ask a lot of questions. Then, once you have collected several rates to make comparisons and have gotten answers to your queries, you can make an informed decision.

Check out these seven must-ask questions you should pose before renting a storage container.

#1: What sizes and/or types of containers do you have?

This varies by provider, of course, but most will offer several containers in various sizes and types. Here at Transocean Equipment Management, we offer many different container sizes, such as:

  • 10 ft.
  • 16 ft.
  • 20 ft.
  • 24 ft.
  • 40 ft.
  • 45 ft.
  • Standard height (8.5′ high) or high-cubes (9.5′ high)

They all have different purposes. Some are great for on-site storage while others are best used for mobile offices. Think about your time frame, intended usage and budget before making a selection.

#2: Do I need a permit?

Before you rent any container, it’s wise to look into any rules about containers in your city or town. Get in touch with your city or county to find out if there are local ordinances against containers.

#3: How much delivery space is required?

You need enough open space for the delivery driver to maneuver and drop off the container safely. You’ll find that most containers are delivered on a tilt bed truck. This means the surrounding area has to be obstacle- and debris-free and it has to be flat. Inspect the access path to make sure there’s at least 14 feet of clearance between the ground and overhead obstructions, like building overhangs, trees, and utility lines. A loaded tilt bed truck needs about a 12-foot wide clearance.

#4: How long will it take to receive my storage container?

It usually takes one to three business days from receipt of your order to drop off your storage container.

5: How long does the actual delivery take?

It usually takes 30 minutes or less to deliver a container. Drivers like to stay on schedule, so be ready for them. They make several deliveries of containers per day, so if one delivery exceeds an hour, the others will all have delays with rescheduling necessary. You don’t want to get charged an additional hour on-site, so make sure you’re ready.

#6: How long is the rental period for?

Standard rental container periods are posted on 28-day terms, collecting the delivery charge, first rent and security deposit up-front.

#7: What can the containers be used for?

It will all depend on your intended usage, but it’s possible to tent containers for:

  • Construction storage
  • Job site storage
  • Self-storage facilities
  • Inventory storage
  • Mobile field office
  • Tool storage
  • Overflow equipment storage
  • Workshops
  • Movable exhibition spaces
  • Agriculture storage
  • Break rooms and lunch rooms
  • School buildings and surplus supplies

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

To learn more about rental prices and terms for our storage containers, contact us. We would be happy to provide you with a free price quote.


How to Keep Your Shipping Container Roof in Tip-Top Shape

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

You may not think about it often, but the roof of your shipping container is put under a lot of stress on the daily. It takes the brunt of all kinds of weather, not to mention it accumulates debris very quickly due to its flat surface. Be sure to pay special attention to this portion of your container if you want it to last the test of time without costly, unnecessary repairs.

1.    Deal With a Reputable Source

Quality is important. There are literally thousands of shipping containers on the market for purchase at any one time, so it’s critical that you do your homework in investigating the quality of the container you select. You’ll also want to research the capabilities of the manufacturer before you commit to a sale. Check the age of the container, being on the lookout for significant damage. Here at Transocean Equipment Management, we carefully select the types of containers we sell and rent, making sure they’re of the highest quality.

2.    Keep Weight off the Roof

Another thing to consider is the structural strength of your container. This will depend greatly on the strength of the castings at each corner. These are the reinforced areas of the container, and are actually more important than the roof itself when it comes to strength. Refrain from walking across the roof or storing heavy items there. It will bow and flex under too much weight. If you require rooftop access or storage, request that the manufacturer reinforce the roof.

3.    Remove Water, Ice, Snow and Debris

Yes, shipping container roofs are very durable and resilient, but do your part by being conscious of what is accumulating on top. Regularly remove standing water, snow, and ice that can build up on the roof. Letting those elements accumulate will put undue pressure on the roof and container. Ignoring ponding water can lead to thinning metal, rust or moisture accumulation. Be sure to clear off the roof after all significant weather events.

4.    Remove Dirt and Surface Rust

Use a commercial cleaner, bleach, or anti-mildew solution to remove all rust and dirt from the roof. You can do this with a hose and broom. If there are large dents, holes, scratches or rust spots, call a professional to fix these issues or even repaint the container if the damage is significant enough.

5.    Regularly Inspect the Roof

Regularly maintaining and caring for the roof of your shipping container will ensure a longer lifespan. Second-hand containers can get dented if other containers have been stacked on top. What happens? Those dents start collecting rain water which in turn leads to corrosion or chipped paint. Make sure all dents are repaired right away, treating them with rust-proof paint to prevent corrosion from occurring.

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To learn more tips on shipping container roof maintenance, or to get a quote on our containers, please contact us at 910-483-7828.



Man Caves, She Sheds and Kids’ Playrooms Using Shipping Containers

Sunday, May 31st, 2020

Shipping Containers Can Be Modified For the Whole Family!

You don’t have to keep day dreaming about creating your own peaceful retreat right in your backyard. You don’t have to put on an addition to your house or sacrifice an existing room to make time for you or to focus on your hobbies. You just need some space in your backyard, a shipping container, and some ingenuity.

From granny pods to play rooms, it’s time to get inspired! Here are some ideas for modifying your shipping container.

Man Cave

This is a space just for him, where he can watch the latest game, enjoy a beer, invite buddies over, work on his bike or just enjoy some down time away from the main house. Man caves are traditionally seen in garages, sheds, or basements, but you can expand the possibilities with a storage container in the backyard. Personal space is important…you deserve it!

She Shed

The ladies also deserve a private spot to unwind, get crafty, hold book club meetings, or drink wine with friends. The female equivalent of the man cave, the she shed can be a quiet retreat for reading, sipping coffee, or even as a home office away from the hustle and bustle of the family.

Kids’ Playroom

Acting essentially as pre-made cubby houses for your kids, shipping containers are the ideal alternative to wood sheds in the backyard where maintenance and upkeep can drain any homeowner. Your kids can now have a spot to call their own – sometimes we forget they need alone time too!

Creating a kids’ playroom with a shipping container means they can store all their toys within one dedicated space, keeping clutter out of the yard or main house. It also gives them a reprieve — a shady spot in the yard where they can relax, play, and allow their imaginations to run wild.

Shipping containers can be modified in many different ways, in many different configurations, according to your kids’ needs. Safety is of paramount importance here!

Granny Flats

If you have an aging parent who still wants their independence and can largely care for themselves, yet they wish to downsize from their large home, a granny flat or granny pod is the perfect solution. There’s no need to upsize, extend or renovate your own home to accommodate them. Place a modified shipping container in the back yard and voila – they have their own personal space yet it’s close enough to you so that you can cook for them and check in on them frequently.

This is also a great solution for when Grandma and Grandpa still live in their own home far away yet want to come and visit. They have their own space without having to trip over toys as they enjoy their morning tea.

In the same vein, such pods are great for college students who come back home to roost over the holidays and during the summer. They still get their privacy and can come and go as they please, yet they’re still close enough to invade your home for home-cooked meals and laundry!

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

To get inspired with more ideas for your shipping container, contact us at one of our North or South Carolina offices.

3 Ways to Repurpose Shipping Containers in Times of Crisis

Friday, May 1st, 2020

The shipping container industry, like all of America, has had a pretty shocking wake-up call over the last couple of months with this global pandemic. We’ve learned that we cannot get too complacent, and that even in the best of times, we have to plan for the worst. In good times, our customers use our shipping containers for a variety of everyday uses, such as storage of tools and equipment, at job sites, for storage of additional retail inventory, or home renovations.

We have seen many creative uses for our shipping containers over the years. But now more than ever before with the challenges posed by COVID-19, we are seeing our containers adapted for emergency situations. Here’s a look at the creative ways to repurpose shipping containers, especially in times of crisis.

1.  Growing and Farming

Take a walk through your local grocery store, especially in light of this global pandemic, and think about what the world would be like without food. Repurposed shipping containers can be converted into container farms – a popular use for this very reason. Not only are shipping containers modular and easy to ship, they are compact and self-contained, cheap and widely available.

Shipping containers – particularly those with high ceilings – allow you to stack growing trays for plants, vegetables and fruits. You can also modify your container in terms of lighting, humidity control and temperature. These shipping containers are perfect for climates where growing seasons are very short or in cases where land is at a premium.

2.  Emergency Storage and Drive-Through Windows

In times of national crisis, getting creative with resources is a must. Sometimes that entails the stockpiling of goods that may be needed in the future, such as gloves, medical devices, masks and other necessities. Storage containers offer an ideal temporary space for these needs.

In areas where remote offices may be needed, storage containers can be modified to include drive-up windows that can be locked at night to ensure the security of whatever the container holds.  You can set up these modified containers quickly and place them anywhere in order to be able to serve people in any location, from a department store parking lot to a remote rural pasture.

3.  Clinics, Triage Tents and Medical Waste Storage

During national emergencies and natural disasters, shipping containers can be used for non-traditional purposes such as triage tents, medical clinics, and medical waste storage units. You can place modified containers anywhere, from hospital parking lots to side streets so you can provide fast access to testing, office staff, or simply as a way to temporarily house the sick and keep them from entering the main building.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

For more information on ways you can repurpose or modify our shipping containers, please contact us today at 910-483-7828 for a free quote.


4 Creative Uses for Shipping Containers

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Shipping containers aren’t just good for shipping cargo, they can be homes, retail shops, offices and much more. Here are some creative uses for shipping containers to consider.

1.    Golf Simulator

If you love to golf, you know practice makes perfect if you want to take a couple of strokes off your game. Whether the driving range is too far from your house or you just want to practice in the privacy of your backyard, consider a shipping container golf simulator. Cut a sidewall, add some leveling posts, retrofit a hydraulic door and line the floor with artificial grass to create a self-contained unit for golf simulations.

2. Pop Up Shops

Also known as flash retailing, pop up shops are an emerging trend that involves opening a short-term retail space anywhere you’d like. You can use a pop up shop for anything from an art or fashion gallery to museums or restaurants. A great option for retailers, pop up shops allow you to position your products in front of your target audience wherever they happen to be, such as at a festival, concert or sporting event.

They’re easily transportable as well, which means you can quickly pack up your pop-up shop and transport it to the next trade show or other event.

3.    Emergency Preparedness

Weather can change on a dime. During the winter, storms can bring dangerously low temperatures, strong winds, freezing rain and ice. Summer and fall are perfect storms for hurricanes, hail storms, high winds, and tornadoes. In any kind of storm, you could find yourself without heat, electricity and phone lines. You can be prepared for any weather disaster with an emergency preparedness shelter. A shipping container provides the perfect cocoon.

You may want to consider a refrigerated container if you have goods that need to be insulated or refrigerated at a specific temperature. You will also want to stock it with:

  • At least a three-day supply of food
  • Three days of water, or one gallon per person per day
  • Can opener and canned goods
  • Dry goods
  • Clothes
  • Batteries
  • Generator
  • Chargers
  • Gasoline
  • Flashlight
  • Radio
  • Wood and Matches
  • First aid kit and prescriptions

4.    Hunting and Fishing

Hunting and fishing take a lot of preparation, from gathering the proper supplies to mapping out your travel route. Storage and shelter for your trip are very important considerations. Shipping containers are the ideal way to keep your gear safe and secure, providing you and your friends with a safe space to shelter.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

For more creative uses of shipping containers and to get a free quote on any size container we have, contact us at our North or South Carolina offices.


4 Important Things to Check When Buying Used Containers

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Whether you need a shipping container for storage or for a mobile office, buying new shipping containers can be overwhelming and expensive. But you can get a good deal by going for used, recycled containers, saving you hundreds, if not thousands, in the process. New shipping containers can cost up to $5,000, while used can cost up to $3,000 and below.

You just have to make sure they’re in good condition. Getting the best value from your purchase means doing your homework. Here are some things to consider before buying a used container.

Rest assured, Transocean takes pride in providing shipping and storage containers that meet our customers’ expectations. If we send you photos, you will always know if it is an unmodified representation photo or a photo of the actual container you will receive.

1.  Pay Attention to the Photos

Photos of shipping containers for sale can give you a good idea of their condition and dimensions, but you have to pay special attention to the details. Be aware of scams, as sometimes photos of one container are actually made up of several containers, i.e., interior shots from a new container and exterior shots of a used one, or vice versa.

If you can, it’s always best to inspect the container in person to ensure the images match up. You have to be sure the photos are indicative of the exact container you plan to buy. Just keep in mind that providers with massive inventories cannot realistically provide pictures of every single container they sell. In those cases, the photo is a representation of the average container in your specified condition.

Pay close attention to the product description so you know what to expect. Know the product and know the steps to take if the used container you receive fails to meet your expectations.

2.  Inspect the Exterior

Take a walk around the outside of the container to check its overall condition, assessing corner castings, paint, and seals around edges. Small dents here and there aren’t a big deal but if you notice large sections of corrosion and rust, this is a red flag.

3.  Inspect the Interior

Check the doors first for any signs of significant damage. Make sure they lock and seal correctly. Then, check door fittings, seals, gaskets, and locking mechanisms for damage. Once you have opened the door, notice if you smell any mold or rust. For instance, musty smells could indicate leaking.

Ask if the container is watertight. You can run a quick test by closing the door during daylight and checking for indication of sunlight through the door seal or anywhere else in the shipping container.

This will also alert you to any holes. If you see any points of light in an otherwise pitch black container, the unit in question is not wind or watertight. If you ordered a WWT container, this is problematic.

4.  Ask About Delivery Fees

Be sure to ask the seller about the terms and conditions involving the used container’s delivery.

How far away is the container from your location? Are there circumstances in which you would have to pay more than the pre-purchase quote? Next, ask about delivery accountability. Are you or the seller the ones held responsible for the container while in transport? What happens if it is damaged while coming off the truck?

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

Ready to make a purchase? To learn more about our used shipping containers for sale, contact us at either our North or South Carolina offices.


How to Choose the Right Shipping Containers for Storage in South Carolina

Friday, January 31st, 2020

Containers for Sale in Downtown Charleston, South Carolina

It’s no secret that shipping containers make excellent storage solutions. If you are a business owner in South Carolina with lots of cargo to store, a used shipping container may be your best bet. Not only are they more durable and secure, they are easy to install and maintain. Plus, they can be cheaper than traditional sheds. Before buying a container, you must first evaluate your needs and research the many varieties available on the market.

Here’s a guide on how to choose the right shipping container for storage in South Carolina:

Make a List

In order to determine what size you need, you first have to come up with a list of everything you need to store in the container. This way, you won’t end up with too big or too small a container.

Load More in a Small Space

If your business needs a lot of raw materials to operate, and you generate even more finished products, you will probably need multiple containers. If you’re worried that you don’t have enough space on site to accommodate more than one, don’t worry. Many such containers are stackable, so you can fit multiple shipping containers in one spot. You can even use one of those containers as your office or showroom.

Determine the Purpose

There are many types of containers on the market; find the one that serves your needs specifically. If you have to store items that need to be refrigerated, a reefer container is the way to go. This will keep all your items cool, cold or frozen. If you have to store awkward shaped items such as machinery or toys, you may want to opt for an open-side container to keep your cargo organized.

Understand the Condition

Shipping containers, while designed to last for years, have already spent a good amount of time in rigorous marine conditions or at least outdoors if not in the actual ocean. Damage such as dents, dings and rust spots are common, and can be fixed if you so choose. Just be sure to check for more serious damage before purchasing.

It’s recommended you choose a “wind and watertight” or “cargo worthy” container over an “as is” container. Have a chat with your supplier to go over these choices before buying.

Find a Trustworthy Supplier

The success of your storage container purchase starts with partnering with a reliable supplier. Make sure the provider you choose has been in business in South Carolina for many years, as they know firsthand how the climate affects their products. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the size and type of container that will serve your needs best.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

Rest assured, Transocean has been in the used shipping container business for many years and is a reputable name in the South Carolina shipping market. Contact us today for prices at our South Carolina office at 864-445-8417 or email us at



Cost Comparison: Mobile Office Trailers vs. Shipping Containers

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

If you need an office for your oil rig, construction site or industrial site, you may be considering ground level offices (GLOs) made from shipping containers or mobile office trailers. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Here’s a look at some considerations.

Upfront Costs

Many people don’t realize that the upfront costs of a shipping container-based ground level office are comparable to an office trailer. Other cost considerations, such as your intended usage and budget, may make a container the best long-term choice.

Set-Up and Accessory Costs

Your costs will be less if you already have resources for set-up. For example, If you own an oil and gas company, you’ll have access to jacks and a forklift or crane. In this instance, the only added cost is perhaps some OSHA compliant stairs for your mobile office trailer.

If you do not have access to the necessary equipment, the price increases for both options. Trailers have to be jacked and blocked, which could cost a few hundred dollars. Ground level offices have to be taken off truck beds with a tilt bed, crane or forklift, which can cost up to $1000.

Depreciation Schedule: Taxes

Both ground level offices and office trailers have a depreciation schedule of seven years, which is not a measure of actual longevity, but a component of accounting.


Container-based mobile offices offer big-time savings when it comes to long-term maintenance. Not only do they feature sturdy steel walls, they don’t require a chassis and the maintenance that comes with it to keep up the tires and axles.

Life Span Comparison

The life span of an office trailer will depend on how often you will have to relocate it. An office trailer could spend 20 years and up in good condition just remaining in one place. But keep in mind, every minute it spends on the road will take its toll. An office trailer relocated just a couple of times over gravel roads will show wear and tear.

Shipping container-based ground level offices tend to be more resilient and will remain in working condition for 25 years and beyond, even with regular relocation. Shipping container offices also fair better in rainy and snowy climates, as the steel keeps out most leaks and won’t allow water seepage between vinyl or paneling.

Transportation Costs

The cost of each delivery varies with the distance; estimate between $2.50 and $5 per mile as a base price. Deliveries to more remote areas will cost you more. The most significant cost difference between trailers and container-based GLOs is the potential need to obtain oversize load permits. Shipping containers are designed to fit perfectly onto truck beds, which means they don’t need oversize load permits.

Office trailers that exceed standard width or height limits will require a permit, which can be a few hundred dollars if you’re staying in state.

As stated above, both options offer benefits. A mobile office trailer is good for short-term use in mild climates; shipping container-based offices are good for companies that plan to put their offices through several years of intense use. If durability is a concern for your business, shipping container offices are the best choice.

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For a free price quote, contact us today in our North or South Carolina offices.

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