Preparing for Shipping Container Delivery in Virginia: Facts and Suggestions

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Preparing for Shipping Container Delivery in Virginia: Facts and Suggestions

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

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Now that the purchase of your shipping container in Virginia is complete, it’s time to start preparing for the next phase of the process: delivery. This will entail some preparation on your part, so get ready to prep the area and think about where you want everything to go.

When you are preparing for delivery at the site, your first thought will be to guarantee the driver’s safety while doing the drop off. This will, in turn, ensure a seamless process that will go quickly. If you fail to prep, you may have to pay fees from your shipping container provider.

Here are some facts and suggestions regarding site prep:

The Trucks

Most containers are delivered with either a roll-back truck or a flat-bed truck. Ask about this beforehand, as the designated truck will dictate the site conditions and prep work.

Roll Back Trucks: This is the most common way to deliver a unit. They’ll put it right on the ground wherever you want it to go. Keep in mind, this truck and trailer combo measures 55 feet long. In order for your driver to maneuver without issues, you’ll have to do your part to ensure your site is accessible.

  • Deliveries of 40-foot shipping containers take more clearance than 20-foot storage shipping containers. Why? They are being dropped off by a larger truck.
  • The ground must be dry and compact at delivery to ensure the truck can get out in out without getting stuck in soft ground conditions such as sand or mud. To aid in the process, position 4”x 4” boards, concrete blocks or railroad ties under the unit to encourage air flow. This way, it won’t sink into the ground.
  • The standard full-length truck at Transocean ensures drop off of one 40-foot, 45-foot or 53-foot storage container or two 20-foot storage shipping containers at one time. Don’t have enough room on your site? We will bring along a smaller 28-foot truck to deliver one 20-foot storage container, but we ask that you tell us beforehand.

Flat-Bed Trucks: This happens to be the cheapest method of container delivery. This entails you being responsible for unloading the container.

  • A 20′ container weighs 5,000 pounds.
  • A 40′ containers weighs 9,000 pounds.
  • Before accepting a flat-bed delivery, you should have clear access to the proper equipment in order to offload the unit. These can include anything from cranes and fork-lifts to top-lifts and boom-trucks. You would use these for larger orders, government agencies, or industrial requirements.

Factors of Delivery

How much space you have: You need plenty of space for those large trucks, no matter which one makes the delivery. They must have enough clearance to make wide turns, maneuver once on your property, cross culverts, and get between gates.

In general:

  • When the container is being delivered on a full-sized truck with trailer, drivers need at least 70 feet of space.
  • When delivered on a small tilt bed truck, drivers will need 40 feet of space.

Clearance: Trailers with containers at 13’6”H, can get up to 16 feet tall when they are raised. Are there any overhead obstructions that may pose a concern? These obstructions can include tree branches, electrical wires, and bridges. It sounds like a no-brainer but you wouldn’t believe how many people are unprepared and haven’t ensured clearance!

State of the ground: You can’t set down a shipping container on mud or wet grass because it will sink. But even more importantly, the truck delivering the container will sink too and not be able to get out. You need firm and level ground to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Safety concerns: We can’t speak for others, but Transocean Equipment Management trains its drivers in precise and safe container delivery. Our drivers take the utmost care to avoid damage to your unit and the surrounding property. However, in the event the driver doesn’t feel like he or she can safely deliver the container where you have specified, they will have no choice but to leave and charge you for an unsuccessful delivery. This is why we can’t stress enough the importance of checking the surrounding area to ensure safety, clearance, and solid ground.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management in Virginia

Every container delivery is different. We would be happy to discuss the specifics of your shipping container delivery in Virginia when you contact us at 910-483-7828.

 

 

East Coast Shipping Ports: What You Need To Know

Monday, January 17th, 2022

Did you know that the East Coast shipping ports are expanding operations? The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are still suffering from months-long delays. A huge number of companies are opting to send goods to the East Coast to avoid delays on the west coast.

Even though the cost to send goods to the East Coast ports from Asia is roughly $3,000 extra, shipping companies find this is far more cost-effective than waiting out in the Pacific for California to fix its myriad problems.

East Coast shipping port authorities have stated that their operations are more than ready for the new shippers to arrive. Places like the Port of Charleston have invested $2 billion in infrastructural improvements over the last few years. 

In this article, we’ll explore some of the best, biggest, and newest improvements to East Coast shipping ports. Let’s start by discussing why the East Coast is a viable option for goods coming from East Asia.

The Improvements to Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is a man-made watercourse that connects the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. First ideated in the 16th century, it took until 1914 for the canal to open for business. 

Since this time, the canal has gone through various stages of improvement and expansion. The third set of locks was added and opened in 2016, making it even easier to ship goods across the Pacific and up the Atlantic seaboard.

Most recently, a third bridge was opened in 2019. Known as the Atlantic Bridge, ports across the East Coast knew that this would increase the shipment of goods around the world. 

Because of the consistent and expert expansions of the Panama Canal, east coast shipping ports have started to expand capabilities to handle the wealth of new goods entering the United States.

California’s Coastal Catastrophe

Only two ports take on upwards of 40% of America’s goods and shipping containers. The Port of Los Angeles was ranked as the #1 container port in the western hemisphere between 2000 and 2020. 

The Port of Long Beach was equally as sought-after. However, in 2021, both ports were hitting their limits thanks to increased consumer demand and poor management. Trucking companies and inland warehouses were overburdened with items and understaffed as a result of mismanagement in California’s COVID response.

Now, east coast shipping ports are becoming the go-to option for companies around the world. Shipping containers tend to fair better on the East Coast due to the latest improvements to these ports.

Shipping Ports on the East Coast

East Coast ports have seen an 8.6% increase in shipping container business from East Asia since 2017. At one time, the east coast of the United States handled the most shipping container volume in the world. 

China has certainly surpassed the East Coast shipping ports, but goods on their way to America have made up for the discrepancies. Let’s explore some of the ports and their container statistics.

New York/New Jersey Shipping Port

In terms of the market share, New York and New Jersey make up 32% of trade in container ports on the East Coast. Anyone lucky enough to live in or visit New York and New Jersey has seen the ports. It makes up a significant portion of the coastline around the famed states’ major cities like New York City.

Earlier in 2021, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey saw an overall increase in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of 7.9%. The total import volumes in both ports have risen by roughly 11% every year.

In 2020, the ports saw a total throughput of 7.59 million TEUs. The demand for containers subsequently increased 87% between 2019 and 2020. The growth of New York and New Jersey might be short-lived as many east coast ports are starting to seriously compete.

The CMA CGM Brazil, a 15,000-container ship docked into New York in September 2020, signaling the shift to east coast operations for most of America’s shipping needs.

Savannah is Close Second

The Port of Savannah is the second busiest port on the East Coast, but the largest single-terminal container facility in the country. The Port of Savannah has exported more filled containers than any other port in America.

Oddly, the Port of Savannah is the third-fastest growing port in the nation. As the port is located within 300 miles of 37.2 million residents, major international airports, 5 other major ports, and 11 huge cities, it’s no surprise that Savannah may soon overtake New York/New Jersey for the biggest and busiest on the East Coast.

The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project expanded the port size significantly. Adding an extra 7 miles to the entrance and 18.5 miles of the outer harbor, Savannah is looking to become the top container port in the nation.

Georgia is one of the best places to buy shipping containers in the United States. However, you must ask your provider the right questions before engaging in business. Just because containers and shipping are part of the booming industry of Georgia, doesn’t mean that everyone knows what they’re doing.

Last year, Savannah handled 21.6% of the East Coast container trade. That’s 4.4 million TEUs. All told, Savannah handled 12.2% of containerized exports in 2020.

North Carolina’s Large History 

North Carolina’s State Port Authority set a record in October 2020 by welcoming the largest container ship (to date) to the Port of Wilmington. With a carrying capacity of 14,220 TEUs, the Yang Ming Warranty is the largest class vessel calling into the East Coast.

North Carolina was able to set this record thanks to a $200 million capital improvement plan to expand operations throughout the shipping port. Last year, the port opened 2,600 contiguous feet of container birth space.

Buying a shipping container in North Carolina is becoming easier. But finding the right company can be confusing. Ensure you’re looking at an organization with a variety of container options.

Why Florida is in The News

In 2021, Florida’s largest shipping container port broke local records by moving 1.4 million cargo containers. The governor of Florida has gone so far as to invite shipping containers stuck off the coast of California to Florida for easier transport.

Florida ports are open 24hours a day, 7 days a week to mitigate supply chain issues from the COVID-19 pandemic. Shipping container companies are increasingly turning to Florida as a faster option than waiting for California to get working again.

Many companies who use the shipping industry to transport goods have asked their shipping container provider to utilize east coast ports to avoid issues in California.

Along with being highly functioning, Florida ports also have huge capacities. Jacksonville Port Authority, upon hearing of the crisis in California, opened to an estimated 1,000 additional container ships per week. 

Port Everglades also accommodated the MSC Stella, with 7,000 containers. The MSC Susanna also arrived with 9,200 containers via the Suez Canal.

The governor of Florida has allocated almost a billion dollars to over 70 of Florida’s shipping port projects. In just one month, the state government provided $250,000 into seaports. 

Virginia’s Container Cargo

The Port of Virginia in Hampton Roads Harbor received 1.5 million container units in 2020. The total number of short ton and metric ton container cargo units (in thousands) reached more than 21,000 and 19,000 respectively.

The main commodities to make their way out to the rest of the world through Virginia are minerals and fuels, with fruits and seeds being a distant second. The imports through Virginia are predominant goods like homewares, but also major foods, nuclear reactors, various machinery, and more.

Virginia is expanding their port operations. The Port Authority recently signed a 20-year lease agreement with a private terminal in Portsmouth Harbor, meaning even more opportunities await in the state. With its proximity to Washington D.C. and other major U.S. hubs, Virginia is on its way to competing to the top spot in east coast shipping ports. 

Global Trade Opportunities 

While California and other parts of the west coast have boasted a majority of shipping for most of recent history, things are changing fast. The growth in the east coast shipping industry is due to proximity to the rest of the world. 

The west might be closer to Asia, but the East Coast receives trade from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. When coupled with the expansion of the Panama Canal, the East Coast is getting busy quickly.

India is another major trade nation with the United States. The Port of Virginia exported more goods to India than any other nation. India was also the second-largest importer to the state.

Regardless of the type of shipping contain company you’re looking to work with, knowing niche details about each east coast port is essential for accurate operations. As the problems on the west coast continue, the East Coast may dominate the shipping industry by the end of 2022. 

Contact Transocean Equipment for More Shipping Management Information

To learn more about these major changes to shipping ports across the United States, get in touch with us today. For a free quote on the best shipping containers, look no further. 

Our offices are located in North Carolina and South Carolina, but we operate across the world. No matter what your shipping container needs, we’ve got you covered. 

Are Container Homes Legal in Georgia?

Monday, January 17th, 2022

In a nutshell, yes they are. Shipping container homes are certainly a trending topic here in the United States, and they’re gaining in popularity every year. This growing trend has prompted many states that previously had restrictions on them to allow their use.

Here in Georgia, shipping container homes are indeed legal, which means they are allowed by the Georgia government and authorities. However, its construction and use must follow Georgia’s building codes and zoning laws. It must also be a standard home suitable to live in year round.

Shipping container homes got their start as simple shipping containers, making a beautiful and functional transformation into a home worthy of living in throughout winter and summer.

People in Georgia are choosing homes made from shipping containers at a high rate, keeping pace with those in the rest of the country. That’s because they know shipping containers are strong and durable, making them ideal to convert into tiny homes – or not-so-tiny homes.

More and More People are Getting on the Container Home Train

This trend has prompted the rise of shipping container home builders throughout Georgia. They can draw up architectural plans to meet the needs and desires of each individual homebuyer. You may wonder how shipping containers in their natural form (which can be quite generic looking and even ugly) can be transformed into a beautiful and functional work of art. But it’s certainly possible.

With a strong design sense, an eye for detail, and a splash of paint, any shipping container can combine with others to make the perfect home. You can use one, two, three or more containers to create the ideal size house you need. The big appeal of container homes, of course, is their low cost compared with the cost of traditional construction.

Plus, it takes much less time to construct a shipping container home than a traditionally constructed home.

So why are container homes exploring in popularity in Georgia, particularly Atlanta? Well, there is a good reason for this. This city is geographically and historically well-suited to accommodate shipping container homes, as it’s known as being a transportation and development hub for the region.

In fact, Atlanta is a well-known commercial center of the Southern United States, and has been that way for a long time. With a landscape so well suitable for urban and practical solutions like container homes, it’s no wonder such homes are on the rise in this area of the state. If you take a tour of Atlanta, you will see many shipping container homes dotting the community.

Following the Rules

At the time Georgia legalized the use of shipping containers as homes, the state also crafted specific laws and guidelines regarding their use. So just because they are legal here doesn’t mean you can just buy a container and make it into a home without following the rules. To protect the safety of the people who will be living in the home, you must follow all building codes and zoning laws.

You’ll have to appear before the proper Georgia building authorities to present your container home plan and get their approval. This will result in a permit, which you can then use to hire a contractor and begin work.

The permit for the overall use of the container home is the first step. You may also need several smaller permits, such as those for electrical work if you plan to install lighting, or even a washer and dryer.

In the end, it’s important to be patient when seeking permits. It can take weeks to get approval, and with COVID-19 delays, those weeks could turn into months. You’ll also have to think about hiring an architect who can draw up a plan of the type of home you want. If the plan meets Georgia standards, you should be good to go and there shouldn’t be anything standing in your way.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you would like more info on purchasing a shipping container to repurpose as a home in Georgia, contact us at 910-483-7828 for a free quote. We can answer all your questions regarding the legality of shipping container homes in this state, as well as help you with any modifications you may need.

 

Use a Shipping Container to Start an AirBNB

Tuesday, December 28th, 2021

 

The last two decades have seen the short-term housing rental industry explode so much that specific rules have been created regarding them. If you plan to get into the short-term rental space, keep in mind it’s tricky to navigate all the rules and restrictions. If you’re considering buying shipping containers to repurpose them into an Airbnb, you’ll need a company that can provide permit-friendly shipping containers to make this process seamless.

Whether you want to convert one unit and place it in your backyard, or you want to buy several units and buy a plot of land near a vacation destination, using shipping containers is a wise and ingenious idea for making some money. Here’s why you should try out this endeavor.

Customization and Fast Turnaround Times

The turnaround time for shipping containers is quite short, even with customization. Work with your shipping container company to come up with a timeline for delivery as well as any modifications you choose. Once you receive your container and outfit it for suitable use, you can start listing your unit on short-term rental websites like Airbnb and VRBO.

Just remember that with the more customizations you make, the longer the delivery will take. You can choose from 20-foot and 40-foot sizes. The 20-foot will be small but cozy, while the 40-foot will provide twice the size and more than enough comfort for a small family with a two-bedroom unit.

As far as modifications go, you will need:

  • Beds
  • Bedding
  • End tables
  • Kitchenette
  • Bathroom
  • Dining area
  • Shelving
  • Seating
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Electricity

How fancy you get with the décor will depend on where your Airbnb is located and what kind of experience you’re offering your guests.

Catering to the Demand

More and more travelers are stepping outside their comfort zones and choosing unique places to experience their vacation destination. Traditional hotels offer standard amenities and close proximity to the destination, but they can be very expensive, have lots of rules and regulations for guests, and can be impersonal.

That’s why travelers are increasingly turning to rental sites like Airbnb to fulfill their travel needs. Shipping container hotels and home rentals are gaining in popularity because they give the traveler a unique, quirky and less expensive way to experience a destination. They get access to their own kitchen area and bedroom, without the hassle of using an elevator to reach their room every time they go in and out.

Not only can people choose from a wide variety of styles to meet their budget needs, they can get peace of mind knowing they’re using a space that’s eco-conscious in their creative designs and upcycling approaches.

Why Are Shipping Container Airbnbs So Great?

Environmentally Friendly

Shipping containers have a long and durable lifespan, and can be reused several times after serving their initial purpose. When using a unit as an Airbnb rental, you use fewer materials (think: bricks and cement) that can be harmful to the environment. Did you know cement gives off a lot of CO2?

Cost Effective

Reusing shipping containers represents a more cost-effective option instead of buying all new materials and hiring contractors to build it from the ground up. The average shipping container costs $2,000 to $4,000, so you’re saving a lot of cash going this route.

Strength

Because shipping containers are constructed to withstand wind, rain, snow and sleet, as well as carry heavy loads in all conditions, they make ideal hotels and Airbnbs. Let’s say your vacation destination is near a beach. Shipping container hotels are great because they can maintain their structural integrity even in hurricane-force winds.

Plus, shipping containers are tough to break into, particularly after adding after-market locks and similar accessories.

Novelty

Everyone wants to say they’ve stayed in a shipping container hotel. People are bored with traditional hotels and motels and want something with more character. Use the novelty of a shipping container Airbnb to your advantage. This gives you a unique selling point and can give your competition a run for its money. And with so many guests posting photos to social media these days, you can increase your brand recognition through all the shares.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you are interested in purchasing a shipping container to repurpose as an AirBNB, contact us at 910-483-7828 for a free quote and assistance. We can help you with any modifications you may need as well as give you a timeline for delivery.

 

Buyers’ Guide to Purchasing a Shipping Container

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021

The main purpose of a steel shipping container is to transport cargo across the sea on large ships. During the journey, those containers can get dented, scraped, and scratched – not to mention exposed to the harshest of elements — all while protecting the goods enclosed inside. This durability is what has led to many home and business owners across the country purchasing shipping containers to use as ground level storage on site.

Buyer Beware

Many companies sell to customers “sight unseen.” The prices are usually low to entice the customers into buying something without seeing it first. But just like you wouldn’t buy a car, boat, house or other large purchase without inspecting its condition, you shouldn’t buy a shipping container without taking a look.

It’s strongly recommended that you inspect the container in person before signing on the dotted line. If you can’t, do business with a company that you have bought from in the past or that at least has a stellar reputation in the area for quality products and excellent customer service.

Ask to see high-quality photos of the exact container you are agreeing to buy. Many companies send pictures of similar containers, not the actual one you want. Be specific. Make sure the picture features all four sides (with doors closed) and a few of the inside, including the floor.

Price vs. Supply and Condition

There is usually a surplus of containers in the United States, which means there’s always a pretty steady supply. Prices are usually based on age and condition.

Price will vary with condition due to the following factors:

  • Miles Traveled – Some containers log more mileage moving cargo, while others spend more time sitting in ports.
  • Container Handling – Some containers fall victim to rougher handling by forklift and crane operators than others. Rust can develop wherever the paint has chipped.
  • Container Cargo – Sometimes the cargo the container is carrying will leak or spill its contents onto the floor.
  • Environment – A container that travels on ships in milder climates will show less wear and tear than one that has spent many years enduring harsh climates.
  • Road Transportation – Some containers get damaged during transport via tractor trailer, due to all the road grit, elements and more.

Age

You can quickly tell how old a container generally is by looking at its:

  • Doors – A container with flat doors is generally considered to be an older container. That’s because container manufacturers switched from flat to corrugated doors in the early 1990s.
  • CSC Plate – This plate can be found at the left-hand door of the container, listing all the pertinent information about that specific container, including the date it was made. It’s just like a VIN (Vehicle Information Number) on a car.

What to Look Out For

When inspecting your container, there are several elements you should take a look at.

  • Doors: Make sure they open and close easily. Also, make sure the locking mechanisms work, which are comprised of handles and vertical rods. If those are bent, it will make it more difficult to open and close the doors. Take a look at the hinges too. If they are rusted, the doors won’t swing open and closed smoothly.
  • Roof: Check the roof of the container from the interior, looking for dents and dings where water could collect and lead to rust. At the same time, look for dents and scratches in the paint that could eventually rust through the roof. That’s not to say you should never buy a container with dents or dings. Just be sure you know what you’re buying and the level of risk that comes with it.
  • Door Gaskets: Make sure the gaskets seal up tight. Look for rust where the gasket joins the door, particularly at the bottom.
  • Lower Side Wall: Check the exterior side wall where it comes into contact with the flat portion of the beam at the bottom. This is a common point of water accumulation that can result in rust later on.

Delivery Options vs. Cost

If you don’t live close to your shipping container provider, you will pay less to have the container delivered to you on a flatbed truck rather than on a tilt bed truck or trailer. This is because flatbed vehicles are much more common, while tilt bed trucks and trailers are much more specialized.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you need more guidance in buying a shipping container in North Carolina, South Carolina or Georgia, contact us at 910-483-7828 for a free quote and assistance.

 

11 Most Common Shipping Container Types

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021

About 90 percent of the world’s cargo is being moved by ships, so you can imagine how many shipping containers are currently in circulation – each one used for a different purpose. There are many shipping container types out there. From flat rack to tank containers, each unit helps with something different. Some transport liquids, while others transport temperature-sensitive foods and pharmaceuticals.

The one you need will depend on the business you’re in. To aid in your decision, here’s a look at some of them.

1.  General Purpose Containers

Also known as a dry container, these weather proof units are fully enclosed and feature a rigid roof, floor and walls. This is the most common type of container, used to transport most kinds of standard cargo. You can add modifications such as liner bags or flexi-tanks if you need to ship liquid cargo or dry cargo in bulk.

2.  Flat Rack Containers

Featuring collapsible sides, these containers can fold down into a flat rack. The end walls are durable enough to secure cargo, so you would choose this option if you had heavy machinery, vehicles on tracks, and construction materials to transport. Some 40′ flat rack shipping containers can carry up to 45 tons of cargo!

3.  Open Top Containers

These have convertible tops that can be removed if needed, good for over-height cargo that can’t easily be loaded through the door. You would choose this option if you had tall machinery or other heavy finished products that could only be handled with a crane or rolling bridge.

4.  Double Door Containers

Just like the name implies, this type of unit has doors on both ends of the container. Also known as a tunnel container, this type of unit is ideal when you have to quickly load and unload goods through either door. Both doors have the same locks and weather tight seals for the utmost in weather protection.

5.  High Cube Containers

Similar to general purpose containers, high cube containers are taller by one foot. You will find them most commonly in size 40′ and sometimes 45′, ideal for when you need a slightly higher volume capacity.

6.  Open Side Containers

Also similar to general purpose shipping containers, these units have doors that can open on the side too. You have more room and wider access, which makes it much easier to load and unload materials.

7.  ISO Reefer Containers

These are used to ship temperature-sensitive, perishable cargo such as fruits, vegetables, meats, and even medications. They rely on external power sources to maintain a regulated temperature. They come in sizes of 20’ and 40, usually made of Corten steel.

8.  Insulated Containers

Similar to a reefer container, an insulated container features a regulated temperature control so they can withstand higher temperatures. Also known as thermal containers, they come equipped with a mechanical compressor to cool or heat the air, constructed of a vacuum flask. This makes them suitable for long-distance transport of anything from biological materials and chemicals to organs and blood.

9.  Half-Height Containers

These containers can transport heavy, dense, bulk cargo such as coal and stones. Used commonly in the mining industry, half height containers have a lower center of gravity to enable them to easier handle heavier loads than their taller container counterparts. As you can imagine, they are very durable because they can withstand rough industrial environments.

10.                Tank Containers

Also known for short as tankers, these containers are made of steel or other anti-corrosive materials to transport liquid materials. It should be at least 80 percent full so that surging of the liquids does not occur in transit. By the same token, it can’t exceed 95 percent full because that doesn’t leave room for thermal expansion.

11.                Swap Body Containers

These are exchangeable containers used for road and rail purposes, more commonly seen in Europe. They feature a convertible top, making them ideal for shipping a wide range of goods. They don’t have upper corner fittings and can’t be stacked one on top of the other, so they are only used for land-based transportation.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

No matter which type of container you need, we can hook you up with the right one for your requirements. Start off with a free quote when you contact us at 910-483-7828. Let us know what you need your container for and we can determine the best fit.

 

What to Know When Working With a Container Modification Company

Tuesday, November 16th, 2021

If you need to purchase or rent a shipping container for a business or personal project, you will need to find a shipping container modification provider that can help you customize your unit. It doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. All it takes is some preparation and a partnership with a reputable container modification company.

Most shipping container providers (the ones who sell you the units) will also help you customize them as well. Here’s what a container modification company will do for you:

1.  They’ll Work With Your Ideas

Everyone’s ideas are different. No two projects are the same. You want a company that will be receptive to your ideas and then help you implement them. After all, this is your business and your idea! Whether you want to open a pop-up shop or you want a mobile office, make sure the company you choose is flexible and creative.

2.  They Want to See Your Designs on Paper

As you think of them, scratch out some sketches on paper. This will be something you can bring to the modification team so they have a better idea of what you’re talking about. Even better: bring them blueprints, construction plans, drawings, and diagrams for an even more detailed look at the scope.

3.  They Can Help You Flesh Out the Main Purpose of Your Shipping Container

Before you meet with the design team, make sure you have a full understanding of what the main purpose of your container will be. Is it temporary or permanent? Do you want to rent or buy? Do you need more than one unit? Will this be for a long-term project such as a container home or office? Will you be using it for business or personal reasons? Will you be working out of it or do you plan to sell food out of it?

4.     They Can Help With Modifications

Shipping container modification companies have the resources for installing additions like skylights, windows, doors, shelving, and HVAC systems. Discuss all modifications as early as the conceptual stage. Let them know if you need modifications for an insulated or refrigerated container, as these types of units tend to lose their insulation once reconstruction has been done on the interior walls.

5.  They’ll Help You Stick to a Budget

Know your budget going in. Communicate that budget to your container company so they can determine how best to distribute funds throughout the project. Setting and sticking to a budget will help prevent overspending. But keep in mind, unexpected expenses often come up during the construction phase, so it’s wise to set aside an emergency fund in case this happens.

6.  They Adhere to Building Codes and Permits

If your project requires permission from the city or town, you need to obtain a building code or permit. Your container modification company cannot start work unless you have secured this permission. To make sure your project progresses on schedule, provide them with a permit so they can adhere to it. Find out if your city has specific rules regarding container structures.

7.  They Manufacture Each Container to Order

Most container companies mass produce 20-foot and 40-foot containers, but if you need something smaller or larger, discuss the design and size dimensions with the team. Be sure to review the sizes of each container as well as the total amount of containers before the manufacturing phase begins. Once actual work starts, it will be difficult or impossible to change the order.

8.     They Will Safely Ship Your Container

Once complete, trucks drivers will load the customized container on a flatbed and drop it off at your desired location. Prepare the space around the site so that it is level, secure and free of obstacles.

9.  They Will Work With You Through All Stages

When you work side by side with a shipping modification company, it truly becomes a collaboration between two partners. From the first phone call through design, manufacturing and delivery, your company should be in touch with you every step of the way to ensure you are completely satisfied. They will also make sure the shipping process goes seamlessly and make sure the deliverable is up to your specifications. Finally, timely delivery of your unit will complete the process.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you would like to work with a reputable shipping container modification company in North Carolina and surrounding states, contact us at 910-483-7828 for a free quote.

 

 

Why You Should Use a Shipping Container For Your Next Marketing Event

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

 

You’ve probably already heard about all the things you can do with shipping containers, whether you use new containers or used containers to achieve them. From mobile office spaces and storage sites to tiny homes and pop up coffee shops, the possibilities are endless. Did you know you can even use shipping containers for marketing events? It’s true.

Experiential marketing is a proven strategy that gives companies an innovative way to attract potential customers and maintain market interest. It will give your customers a chance to engage with your brand and will create buzz about your products while increasing word-of-mouth influence.

Check out the ways you can use storage containers for your next marketing event.

Creative Solutions

As a business, you know how important it is to constantly reinvent yourself. Shipping container events are the next big thing. Not only are containers versatile and affordable, they can be utilized by multiple brands who are hosting many events over several locations. You are essentially bringing your brand to the people instead of the other way around. You can even stack one container over another, making for easier transportation and mobility.

Blank Canvases

Use your shipping container as a blank canvas upon which you can transform your space into anything at all, using immersive experiences. You can get super creative with your strategies without having to worry about a bunch of restrictions. Bonus: the industrial look provided by shipping containers is on-trend right now.

Create Unforgettable Experiences

Making your customers and potential customers say “wow, I have to check that out,” is essential to your business. Make their experience unforgettable now so your brand will be unforgettable in their minds later. If you’re a sneaker company, make your shipping container look like a giant sneaker. If you own a soda company, install vending machines inside so guests can walk in and personalize their cola.

Easy to Customize

The best part about using a shipping container for your marketing events is that they are highly customizable to the time, place and purpose. This is your chance to really shine creatively, making a space that is truly unique to your brand. Plus, shipping containers are easy to set up and then pack up when you’re done. Whether you’re going to a tradeshow, festival, or pop-up food truck event, your shipping container will be flexible in aligning with your specific needs. Customization also allows you to change the spaces you offer depending on the changing needs of your brand.

Durability

Shipping containers can withstand hard weather and lots of environmental hardships, such as extreme temperatures and rain storms. Their waterproof nature is especially important if you find yourself at a cold or rainy outdoor event. Plus, their metal roofs can take a lot of abuse, which means you can transport the unit wherever it needs to go and even stack other units on top of it.

Shipping containers won’t topple over in high winds, unlike tents that other companies use at tradeshows and other events.

Mobility

Shipping containers are mobile and easy to transport, and often feature hydraulic doors and built-in ramps that allow you to quickly load and unload items while at a marketing event. Best part is, you don’t need an entire team to help you set up and break down. So, if you’re lacking manpower at any given event, it’s no big deal.

Ideal for Branding

A critical element of any unique marketing event is how you can attract people to your brand and stand out amongst a sea of competitors. A branded exterior will draw the attention of passersby and motor vehicle traffic, generating both buzz and brand awareness. The immersive experience allows guests to actually walk inside your container and experience what you have to offer. You can’t do that with a basic kiosk or a tent!

Kiosks and Pop-Ups

You can kick it up a notch when it comes to offering a kiosk or pop up event. You can use your container as a mini-retail or food service outlet, giving guests a unique shopping or retail experience with plenty of room for a counter, register, display area and seating. There are lots of modifications you can use to customize your container!

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

Need a new or used shipping container for an upcoming marketing event? Please contact us at 910-483-7828 for a free quote. Our representatives would be happy to guide you in the right choice.

 

 

What Affects the Structural Integrity of a Shipping Container?

Friday, October 15th, 2021

Purchasing new containers or used containers is a great idea for so many reasons, whether you use them for mobile offices and classrooms, or to use as storage in your backyard. Steel shipping containers are very durable and are designed to last for years, decades even – if they’re cared for properly.

Many people choose to make modifications to their shipping containers. However, they may not realize that those modifications can compromise the structural integrity of the container, resulting in long-term repercussions. In order to safely store items and valuables inside the container, the structural integrity must remain intact, for one thing, and for another, it must be able to accommodate safe alterations that you may make in the future.

Annual routine maintenance, particular to the roof and doors, will help to extend the life of your container. But there are many things you have to take into consideration that can negatively impact the structural integrity of the shipping container.

What Affects Structural Integrity? 3 Factors to Consider

There are three main factors that affect a shipping container’s structural integrity. They are:

Improper Stacking of Containers: Whether you’re stacking containers for storage purposes or you’re looking to build multiple container complexes, stacking is a common practice. When done right, it isn’t harmful to the containers. But when the containers are incorrectly piled on top of one another, they can result in structural damage as well as a dangerous situation for people around them. As such, you should always stack units at the corners (not diagonally), tying them with twist locks to ensure a multi-level shipping container building that is structurally sound.

Too Many Modifications: Alterations are a common undertaking among shipping container owners. Perhaps you would like to transform the unit into a garage space or workshop or maybe you want to add security upgrades to your mobile office so it’s safer at night when you’re not there. Whatever the case, changes to the original container are sometimes necessary and should be allowed to happen. However, you have to follow certain guidelines and precautions to ensure it remains structurally sound even after the modifications. For instance, you can’t cut out too large a space to accommodate more doors or cut too close to the corners, as this will lead to an uneven distribution of weight and a precarious situation. Keep in mind that every shipping container is carried via the corner castings, which are basically the four corners of the container. Let’s say you cut out a corner casting to make a desired modification design change. If you did this without consulting with a structural engineer, you could be sacrificing the container’s structural integrity. Drastic cuts to a wall, for example, are another way to compromise structure. If you were to cut out an entire wall, this would cause the roof to sag, while the floor would become almost spring-like. The walls carry a lot of weight in addition to the corner castings, and they are necessary to maintain the container’s  shape.

Frequent Sea Travel: The deterioration process is hastened with frequent travel and exposure to the ocean air and water. All that salt can cause corrosion, and objects in the water can result in dents. If buying a used container that has been in the ocean, make sure you fully inspect the unit, checking for signs of rust, wear and tear, and other damage. Keep in mind, if you buy a used container, this means it likely traveled at sea many times. You may want to take a look at “one-trip” containers, which have only traveled once across the sea. A used container that has been exposed to the ocean is more affordable and may be perfectly suited to your needs of storage. But if you need a structurally sound container to enhance into a classy mobile office, art space or yoga studio, you’ll want to go with one trip or new containers, especially when people’s safety is at stake.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

Whether you’re on the hunt for new containers or used ones, we can hook you up. Please contact us at 910-483-7828 for a free quote. For your convenience, we have offices in South Carolina and North Carolina, with representatives who can help with your request at any time.

 

Most Common Shipping Container Conversions in America

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

 

Shipping containers aren’t just used for shipping cargo. In recent years, they have become more and more popular for unique and inventive uses, from pop up coffee shops to mobile offices. Because they are made of heavy-duty steel, they’re durable, long-lasting and weatherproof, giving you many years of dependable service.

You can buy new containers or used containers, but whichever one you choose, you are free to get creative when it comes to its uses. Here are the top 10 most popular shipping container conversions in America for 2021.

1.  Residential & Business Storage

Storage is one of the main reasons why so many people choose to put shipping containers in their back yards or on their business property. There are many things you store in a shipping container, such as:

  • Furniture
  • Sports equipment
  • Documents
  • Machinery
  • Equipment
  • Stoves
  • Tables
  • Artwork
  • Newspapers
  • Books
  • Dryers
  • Washers
  • Electronics
  • Home décor
  • Lamps
  • Mattresses
  • Musical instruments
  • Ovens

So, if you have extra items that you don’t have room to store in your main office or home, use a shipping container for safe, secure and weatherproof storage. If you buy new and plan to use the container for many years, this will save you those expensive monthly storage unit costs.

2.  Restaurants & Bars

Just like the food truck trend that’s taking over work sites and college campuses all over the country, shipping container restaurants are also becoming popular in cities with high rent prices and limited space. Such containers are a great option for people who are very eco-conscious with a focus on sustainability.

3.  Pop-up Retail Shops

From boutiques and book stores to coffee shops and sunglass bodegas, pop-up container markets are also gaining in popularity. They’re especially cost effective and convenient for seasonal businesses who are only setting up shop for a month or two, such as to sell Christmas ornaments in December, fireworks in July, and Halloween costumes in October.

4.  Office Buildings

There’s a new generation infiltrating the workforce and they don’t want to be confined to boring, isolating, cookie-cutter cubicles. Instead, they’re looking for ways to modernize corporate America. That could be through the use of a single office in their backyard or an entire complex of shipping containers stacked on top of each other. These solutions give employees and business owners more flexibility, privacy and noise insulation.

5.  Emergency Hospital or Clinic

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to be prepared. That couldn’t be more true than with hospitals, testing sites and clinics. These establishments have to be erected quickly and must be located away from the main facility for health reasons. These mobile clinics also provide patients a quick and easy way to drive through, get tested or treated, and then leave.

With the possibility of needing more beds than any one hospital can accommodate, pop-up urgent care sites are becoming crucial in America. Such emergency hospitals feature beds, medical equipment, medication, sanitizing items, and more.

6.  Swimming Pool

With vacations cut short in the last year due to the pandemic, more and more people are deciding to vacation at home instead. With that boom has come an influx of requests for shipping container pools. You can easily and cheaply convert a shipping container or two into an in-ground pool for a fraction of the cost of a real pool, which can cost upwards of $30,000.

7.  Indoor Gardens & Greenhouses

Did you know you can fit an acre’s worth of fruits, veggies, flowers and herbs into a 40-foot shipping container? It’s true. Why invest in a cumbersome and permanent greenhouse in your backyard or for your business when you can just use a shipping container and equip it with all the necessary hydroponic components? It’s time to start enjoying fresh produce no matter what the season!

8.  Toilets

There never seem to be enough portable toilets whenever you attend an outdoor event such as a wedding, fair, festival, concert or football game. Owners of these events and establishments are challenged with affordable, sanitary and mobile bathrooms to accommodate a growing number of patrons and guests.

9.  Disaster Shelters

The aftermath of a hurricane, tornado or other type of emergency situation can be a chaotic one. There are often not enough first aid centers, water distribution areas and shelters where people can get the help and relief they need. Shipping containers as emergency disaster shelters can quickly be deployed to accommodate displaced families who need safe and clean shelter. Storage containers fit the bill due to their durability, weatherproof nature, comfort and ready availability.

10.                Workshops & Studios

The pandemic has forced more and more employees to work remotely from their home. Many people were not equipped to handle a home office, usually due to lack of space or lack of privacy. But with a shipping container in your backyard, you can get both! In addition to home offices, shipping containers can be used as yoga studios, pottery studios, recording booths for bands, and more.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you have been thinking about purchasing a shipping container for any of the above purposes, we are here to help you make the right choice. Please contact us at 910-483-7828 for a free quote.

 

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