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Shipping Container vs. Metal Shed

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022

Whether at your home or on your construction site, you probably always find yourself in need of extra storage. While your first thought may be to get a metal shed, you may want to consider a shipping container instead. They both certainly have advantages and disadvantages, to be sure, but after reading this article, you will see why shipping container sheds are the superior choice.

Shipping Containers

Why you should choose a shipping container shed:

  1. They’re secure: Made from extra strength steel featuring heavy-duty doors and locks, shipping containers will keep your contents safe and secure against Mother Nature, water, pests and theft.
  2. They have easy setup: Containers don’t require assembly, which means you can unload them easily from the truck and plop them right into your desired spot.
  1. They’re able to endure more: Built to withstand extreme conditions, such as ocean and road transport, shipping containers make for a more durable choice. When you care for and maintain your container, it can give you up to 30 years of service. That being said, they can rust, which means you should regularly check corners, roofs and door rods often.
  2. No assembly needed: Your container will arrive as is, ready to be used, unlike metal sheds that must be assembled – costing you a weekend or more putting that thing together.
  3. There’s no foundation needed: Provided the area features a flat, dry, level space, a foundation is not needed, which greatly reduces your cost.
  4. They can be moved: If you had to change locations, you could move your storage container easily – just try doing that with a metal shed!
  1. They can be customized: It’s easy to make upgrades, modifications and customizations such as shelves, locks, electricity, and plumbing.


Why shipping container sheds may not be a good idea:

  1. They can get expensive: Shipping containers cost more upfront than metal sheds. But you will get peace of mind knowing your investment will last a heck of a lot longer. FYI, storage containers typically last at least 25 years.
  2. There could be zoning restrictions: Always ask your town or city if there are zoning restrictions or permits you must secure beforehand.
  3. Lead times are longer than sheds: Shipping containers may take longer for delivery, especially if you specified modifications when you ordered it.

Metal Sheds

Why you should choose metal sheds:

  1. They don’t cost a lot: Metal sheds are initially more affordable than shipping containers, but keep in mind they only last about 10 years.
  2. They can mimic your home in style: Many people choose to paint their metal sheds to match their home’s color and style, even adding decorative windows and flower boxes. You may not want an industrial-looking shipping container on your property, but a cute little shed does add curb appeal.
  1. Lead times are shorter: Delivery times are shorter for metal sheds, particularly when buying a pre-made shed or kit.


Why metal sheds may not be good for you:

  1. They require foundations: Many sheds need to rest on a concrete foundation slab to provide stability and prevent pest infestation or flooding. You will have to hire a contractor or mason to do that and they don’t come cheap.
  2. Flooring is typically not included: Vinyl flooring doesn’t come with the purchase price of metal sheds. You would have to pay upwards of $300 for a floor.
  3. They require assembly: You can purchase a shed as-is, or you could opt to save cash and purchase it in modular pieces. However, you will have to assemble the shed, so if you don’t have the time, patience or tools, the money savings isn’t worth it.
  4. Pests could invade: Sheds can have many tiny holes. And because rodents can squeeze through holes as small as ¼ inches in diameter, they can easily get into your shed and set up shop. Conversely, shipping containers are built to be wind and water tight for long-distances over the sea, so they are tightly sealed and more secure against mice and other pests.

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17 Innovative Uses of Shipping Containers

Wednesday, June 15th, 2022

Check out these innovative uses of shipping containers! You can contact Transocean Equipment Management to learn more!

Shipping containers are used in the shipping industry to transport cargo, but these versatile and useful pieces of equipment can be recycled and used in many innovative ways later on. Check out these innovative ways to repurpose a shipping container.

1.  Theaters and Bistros

You can reprocess shipping containers into open theatres and bistros, a trend that is growing in urban areas. Because theaters and bistros don’t always have the longevity that other recreational businesses do, they can utilize containers as their home base for a short time frame.

2.  Schools

With overcrowding in our nation’s school systems, it becomes more and more important to find low-cost ways of adding classrooms and annexes. The cost of constructing traditional school buildings from the ground up is very costly, so by using renewable spaces like shipping containers for classrooms, districts can save a lot of money.

3.  Homes

The use of cargo containers as tiny homes is a continuing trend as more and more new home buyers are finding traditional home purchases unrealistic. Building spacious, large and expensive homes is cost prohibitive for many, which is why solar-powered shipping container houses are gaining in popularity.

4.  Workshops

When there is a lack of space within the main household for conducting work from home or hobbies, shipping containers make perfect alternative workplaces. They can be placed anywhere, such as the back yard, and provide complete privacy away from the main house.

5.  Offices

Just like constructing school buildings to accommodate overflow is cost prohibitive, so too is it building offices from the ground up. Yet space constraints still plague several industries. Modifying shipping containers into convenient and spacious office buildings is the key.

6.  Emergency Hospital

Think of this as an ambulance yet in a fixed place most of the time. Shipping containers can be made into field hospitals that can be placed in parking lots or at sites of natural disasters to accommodate patients that can’t fit inside the main building. A good example of this is how many hospitals used shipping containers as mobile COVID-19 treatment and testing sites.

7.  Portable Toilets

Movable toilets are great for construction sites, real estate developments, and traveling entertainment venues such as concerts and fairs. They can be repurposed into sanitary and hygienic bathrooms for people to use on the go, says Marine Insight.

8.  Studios and Art Galleries

Shipping containers can be converted into studio workshops that inspire creativity for all works of art. They can also be converted into mobile art galleries that showcase seasonal work by local and regional artists.

9.  Saunas

Think about it: wouldn’t it be nice to have your own personal relaxation paradise in the backyard? A shipping container makes the perfect space for such a sweat-inducing oasis.

10. Disaster Shelters

When people are forced to leave their homes during times of unrest, or when their homes are damaged or destroyed by natural disasters, they need a safe place to congregate, sleep, eat and get medical attention. Shipping containers serve the purpose of temporary shelter house very well.

11. Vacation Homes

Much less expensive than renting a hotel room, vacation homes converted from shipping containers are a versatile, trendy idea that today’s travelers love. They can be located at the beach, in the mountains, or wherever tourists love to visit!

12. Discotheques and Bars

With such a high cost of traditional buildings to house discos, pubs and clubs, it’s easier and cheaper to appeal to the bar-hopping crowd with this clever adaptation of a shipping container.

13. Student Housing

In areas where lack of space is a big concern, reprocessed containers can function as an alternative to traditional dorms. Many colleges take advantage of these alternatives to meet high demand on campus.

14. Swimming Pools

You can make one small pool using one rectangular cargo container, or a large pool by using several in a row.

15. Camper

If you love to camp, reprocess your container into a high-comfort, fully-customizable camper.

16. Malls

Containers can be used as malls and outlets to accommodate retail overflow. They’re cheap to set up and operate, and can be moved as needs change.

17. Nurseries/Indoor Gardens

Containers make perfect indoor gardens and nurseries because they can be modified for climate control very easily.

We hope you enjoyed our list of shipping container alternatives!

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To purchase a new or old shipping container in any size, please call us today at (910) 483-7828. We also offer a variety of modifications and add-ons that can further enhance your unit.


What to Know About Shipping Container Vents

Sunday, May 29th, 2022

Transocean Equipment Management explain what to know about shipping container vents. Contact us today to learn more.

Shipping containers may look like big metal boxes, but they are much more than that. Not only are they built to withstand the turbulence of the open seas, they can also handle all types of harsh weather, from wind to heat. Built to be airtight, shipping containers – as you can imagine – lack ventilation.

That’s why it’s important to ensure your unit features the right ventilation. If you don’t, you may have to contend with mold, rust, odors, pests and diseases.

Why Do Shipping Containers Need Ventilation?

Although most shipping containers have an opening small enough for getting fresh air for breathing, it’s really not meant to be functional ventilation. If water gets inside, it can’t get out. That’s the main reason why sufficient ventilation is critical, particularly when storing humidity- or moisture-sensitive items or in places where the climate changes drastically.

If you have high humidity levels, place a dehumidifier inside the shipping container.

Issues Due to Poor Ventilation

Without an adequate ventilation system, a shipping container could overheat, damaging moisture-sensitive goods. While, as we said above, most containers have built-in holes, they’re simply not big enough for most uses, especially if you will be spending any considerable amount of time in the unit.

The ventilation system you install should feature plenty of intake vents, louver vents, and even a window or two.

Here is a look at some instances where ventilation could become problematic, especially where temperature changes are concerned.

  • Explosion/fire: When temperatures rise, fires or explosions can occur.
  • Health risks like air poisoning and human diseases: When the unit contains toxic or hazardous chemicals such as thinners and paints, the ventilation can lead to air poisoning or fumes. This puts hardware, goods, and people at risk. Reducing temperatures may help some, but installing an air conditioning system would be even better. Many conditions can arise due to improper ventilation, such as dry eyes, nausea, asthma, respiratory diseases, and even pneumonia.
  • Moisture damages goods: Plants, food, and other perishables can fall victim to mold and mildew growth due to condensation. Rust can damage your electronics, too.
  • Steel containers can rust: Humidity causes a condensation buildup that results in rust, which can be expensive and time-consuming to fix. In addition, poor ventilation can cause musty, unpleasant odors.

FAQs: Container Vents

Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself when considering shipping container ventilation.

Q: Should you get a roof vent or a side vent?

A: If you plan to use the container as a livable space, a good ventilation system is critical. Integrate both roof vents and side vents. If you can, you want to place two vents on opposite sides of the unit – one high and one low. Of course, you will need side walls in order to install side vents.

Roof vents – AKA whirly bird or turbine vents – are installed on the roof.

Q: What is the importance of a roof vent?

A: For some people, the one pre-installed vent already in the container may suffice for their purposes. These vents usually have a triple-layered screen that blocks insects from getting in. If you live in a low-humidity climate, you may not need any intake vents.

But if you’re wondering how many vents you would need, the answer would depend on your intended purposes, usage requirements, climate, type of container and size of container. You can’t go wrong adding additional shipping container vents in any case.

Q: Should I hire a professional to install the shipping container vents or do it myself?

It’s always best to hire a pro to do it, as they come equipped with the right supplies and tools, plus they have the training and experience to get the job done right the first time. If you tackle it as a DIY job, you could damage the shipping container and end up spending money anyway to fix it.

We hope these FAQs have been helpful in learning more about shipping container ventilation.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

Please call us today at (910) 483-7828 if you are interested in a free price quote on one of our many sizes of shipping containers. With offices in North Carolina and South Carolina, we can also connect you with modifications and add-ons such as ventilation systems.

6 Maintenance Tips For Your Shipping Container

Thursday, April 28th, 2022

Transocean Equipment Management shares maintenance tips for your shipping container. Contact us today to learn more about our containers!

Shipping containers were built to be tough, that’s for sure. After all, they were designed to make it across the ocean and back – sometimes multiple times! But even containers that withstand harsh weather conditions can still benefit from regular maintenance. This will pay off in spades, as you will get the most life out of your container.

If you fail to engage in proper maintenance, you’ll have to replace or repair your unit far earlier than you were planning to. Check out these maintenance tips for your container in general, as well as for its roof.

Maintenance Tips: In General

Looking to maximize the life of your shipping container? Here’s how to go about it.

  1. Clean off the dirt and rust. Do this regularly to extend the container’s lifespan, minimizing the chance of rust. Use a hose and a commercial cleaning agent or bleach to remove most dirt and surface rust.
  2. Make sure your container is stable on level ground. This will help to prevent corrosion if water collects underneath the container. It will also allow you to more easily open and close the doors. Don’t forget to set your container on some railroad ties or even concrete blocks to keep the unit stable and off the ground.
  3. Lubricate hinges on doors. Doors seize up when not in use for a while. Apply grease to hinges regularly so they operate smoothly.
  4. Don’t bear weight on the roof. Yes, your container’s corners are strong and durable, but the middle of the roof is weak. Take the time to brush off debris such as dirt, leaves, twigs and snow.
  5. Replace worn-out rubber door seals. Rubber seals on doors keep the moisture out, but they only last about 10 years or so. When they show signs of wear, replace them – along with weather stripping and caulk.
  6. Store dry goods in the unit, not moist goods. Store only dry goods in your container to prevent the buildup of condensation. While most used containers feature vents that encourage airflow and reduce condensation, you still want to use precautions. As such, don’t open the doors when it is raining out or humid. Don’t put sensitive documents or furniture against the walls. That’s because condensation forms there first.

Maintenance Tips: Shipping Container Roof

Now it’s time for some TLC for your unit’s roof. From weather threats to debris, the roof could cave in or get damaged if care is not taken. Heed these tips.

1.     Research Your Provider’s Reputation

During the buying process, do your homework on the provider as well as the unit’s quality. If you can, view the container in person to make sure the condition is what they said it would be. Your container provider should hand-pick the containers they sell to guarantee 100 percent customer satisfaction. Research the company’s reputation, experience, reviews, and years in business.

2.     Remove Debris, Water, Ice, and Snow

While the roof is resilient, it can’t take the presence of too much standing water, ice, and snow. If you continually ignore these issues, especially ponding water, rust or thinning metal can result. Always be sure to clean off debris after bad storms that can throw tree limbs and other debris on top of your container roof.

3.     Remove Dirt and Surface Rust

All you need is a standard hose and broom, commercial wetting agent, bleach, or anti-mildew solution. For all visible dirt and rust on the roof, scrub it well and rinse it. See any large dents, rusted areas, holes, or scratches? Call a repair professional to repair them before they get worse and more costly. Then, if you want, repaint the container with a fresh coat of paint.

4.     Don’t Bear Weight on the Roof

Your container’s structural integrity is bolstered by the strong corner castings (reinforced corners, not the roof). If you walk on the roof, it will bow and flex. If you know you will need to get up on the roof regularly, see if your shipping container manufacturer can reinforce the roof prior to delivery.

5.     Perform Regular Inspections

Regularly caring for your roof means it’s wise to perform regular inspections. Take notes, snap photos, and make repairs as needed. Be mindful that dents, such as on second-hand containers, will collect rain water that can result in rust spots on chipped paint. Repair dents immediately, followed by a treatment with rust-proof paint.

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Convert a Shipping Container Into a Sauna

Friday, April 15th, 2022

Transocean Equipment Management explains how you can convert a shipping container into a sauna

There are many things you can do with a shipping container, and a sauna is one of them. Actually, they are perfect suited to these spaces because they are the right size for the job. You can put one in your backyard or on site at your business.

Saunas are essentially small rooms that can be heated to temperatures of 150°F to 195°F. They usually have wooden interiors, benches, temperature controls, and rocks as part of the heating element responsible for absorbing and giving off heat. You can pour water onto the rocks to create steam. They are often found in gyms and fitness centers but can act as stand-alone units on private property.

People enjoy sitting in saunas for the many benefits they offer. Such spaces increase body temperature by nearly four degrees Fahrenheit, causing blood vessels to widen and ensure an easier blood flow. Plus, it triggers excessive sweating, which helps to flush out fluid from the body.

Sauna Benefits

There are many benefits associates with saunas, such as:

  • Detoxification
  • Increased metabolism
  • Increased blood circulation
  • Weight loss
  • Pain reduction
  • Anti-aging effects
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Improved immune function
  • Improved cardiovascular function
  • Improved sleep
  • Stress management
  • Relaxation

Building a sauna in your home may sound like an expensive and extravagant purchase, but you can offset those costs by converting a shipping container with some simple modifications. Now you can unwind in the privacy of your own home or yard without the need to travel back and forth to the gym.

This convenient way to alleviate stress and lose weight has prompted more and more homeowners to use shipping containers for their at-home saunas. The biggest benefit to a shipping container sauna is that it’s self-contained and easily transportable. So even if you move in the future, you can transport your sauna with you via a flat-bed truck.

Design Considerations

Shipping container saunas are low-maintenance structures that should be planned out well from a design stand point. Think about the layout and which configuration would be best for your steam room. You can even come up with multiple design options for a layout before settling on the best one. Computer software can help you achieve this easily.

Consider where the electric outlets in your sauna should be and how you will integrate them. For example, you’ll have to include an electrical supply if you plan on having an electric sauna stove. Or, you could power your sauna by installing solar panels to generate electricity.


It may sound difficult at first to convert a shipping container into a sauna, but with careful planning and guidance, you can easily create and enjoy your very own steam room.

You may want to add these modifications to your sauna:

  • Benches
  • Ventilation system
  • Heaters
  • Interior wood paneling
  • Shower unit
  • Racks for towels
  • Lighting
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Flooring

The features you add to your sauna will all depend on your budget and how luxurious you want to get.

Before you purchase a shipping container in the first place, make sure you look into permitting requirements in your town. You may have to get permission before setting a container on your property for use as a personal sauna.

You’ll also have to consider where you will put it. You can put it just outside your home so you can make a quick jaunt to it even in cold weather. This can be right outside a back door, or near a pool area to enhance your outdoor entertainment experience. Or, you can opt to place it inside your home, perhaps in a basement or home gym.

You will have to equip your sauna with all the right fixtures and elements, such as a non-permeable floor, proper steam ventilation and adequate room for electrical wiring.

In the end, the purpose is to enjoy your container no matter where you place it, and no matter what the purpose is (for your own enjoyment or for entertaining). Just be sure to put a good lock on the door so no one gets in when it’s not in use or being supervised.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

Contact us today in either North Carolina or South Carolina for a free quote if you would like to purchase a shipping container to use as a sauna. We can connect you with the right details and modifications to customize your unit so it can become a fully-functional, enjoy and comfortable steam room.


All About Insulating a Shipping Container

Sunday, March 27th, 2022

Now that you have purchased a shipping container, you may be wondering what you can do to make it more comfortable and energy efficient. The best way to do this is to insulate the inside of the container.

There is one main reason why you would want to insulate your container, and that is to guard against heat and humidity. You’ll have to consider these factors when deciding on the best way to insulate it:

  • Container size
  • Intended usage (storage, cabin, office, pop up)
  • Climate in which you live or work (tropical vs. temperate)
  • Budget
  • Quality and amount of insulation desired

Wind and water tight containers are already pretty good at keeping air and moisture from making their way inside because they were originally built to make arduous ocean voyages. But you’ll still need to insulate it if you plan on spending an extensive amount of time in there, such as for a home or on-site office.

Your local climate will have a lot to do with it. You’ll need the right insulation to guard against outside weather and to maintain comfortable interior temperatures. As a general rule, your insulation needs will increase with extreme variations in temperatures. In particular, very wet and very dry climates will pose challenges due to the heat and humidity involved.

Knowing When to Insulate Your Container

First off, you need to determine whether or not insulation is needed. Usually it is, not just to guard against the effects of high and low temperatures, but to prevent condensation (this can result in rust and mold).

You will need insulation if:

  • Your local climate experiences extreme temperature variations, such as freezing winters or tropical heat waves. The conduction of heat leads to moisture condensation inside the walls, which can damage any materials you are storing.
  • You plan to live or work in the container. While insulating a container for storage will primarily protect materials from condensation damage, when you use the container for offices or living spaces, there’s no choice: you need insulation. Not only will it keep you more comfortable, it will reduce outside noise and reduce your heating and cooling bills.


Humidity Problems

It’s critical to control humidity inside a shipping container due to the formation of moisture condensation. You don’t necessarily have to live in an area of tropical heat; the sun that beats down on the container can cause it to get higher than 100 degrees. This temperature rise can cause the air to condense at the ceilings.

The top six inches near the ceiling is called the “sweat zone.” When water droplets collect on the ceiling, this can lead to “container sweat” or “container rain.” This moisture will then drop onto your stored items, damage them and form mold. Rust can eventually form on metal surfaces too, as well as discoloration.

A good temperature to maintain should be one that’s less than 80 degrees Fahrenheit, with a relative humidity of 50 to 60 percent.

How to Decide Which Insulation Method is Best

You should think about:

  • Performance: To determine how much insulation you need, consider that extreme temperatures combined with intended usage of hours in the container at once will help determine which materials you need, such as open vs. closed cell structure.
  • R-value: This is how well the insulation will prevent transmission of heat energy. Consider the degree of heat protection.
  • Vapor Permeability: This is how well insulation will prevent vapor from leaking out.
  • Cost: The price range on insulation is very wide. Spray foam insulation is at the high end of the price gap, while batts or fiberglass insulation are at the lower end. Recycled materials may cost even less.
  • Expertise: Do you have the knowledge and tools to do it yourself or do you have to hire a pro?
  • Eco-friendliness: You may want to use sustainable, environmentally friendly materials that contain natural, renewable fibers, such as cotton, wool, cotton, or cellulose insulation made out of cork or recycled paper.

There are many factors that come into play when deciding whether or not to insulate your container, as well as how much or what type of insulation you should use. It all comes down to budget, intended use and personal preference.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

Contact us today in either North Carolina or South Carolina for a free quote on the shipping container of your choice.


Why is Door Placement and Type So Important For Your Shipping Container?

Tuesday, March 15th, 2022

image above open top container

Shipping container doors are an important part of the container’s structure. This is why it’s critical to select the right door – not only to keep its contents safe but also to improve accessibility and ease of use. Let’s take a look at the important parts of shipping container doors, as well as the types of doors available.

Components of Shipping Container Doors

For every storage container door, there are five essential components:

1. Door Body

Generally, the body includes:

  • Two vertical hollow leaves
  • Two horizontal C-sections
  • Frame with corrugated steel paneling
  • Four steel hinges (AKA blades) that hold the body at the rear corners, allowing the door to swing 270 degrees against the wall.

2. Lockbox

This is a protective steel box that is welded right onto the door, holding a padlock. This lockbox keeps the contents inside safe from theft, break-ins and tampering.

3. Lock Rod and Handle

Each door has between two and four vertical lock rods which help to open, close, and lock the door. It features a welded cam-and-knuckle mechanism, AKA the cam keeper. When the door is opened, the handle rotates, forcing the cam out of the keeper.

4. Rubber Gaskets

Rubber gaskets bridge the door body and the container’s edges. These form a seal that prevents leakage from water.

5. Hinge Pins

Door hinges act as pivot points which allows for rotational movement.

The Best Way to Open and Close Container Doors

You may think it’s pretty simple and straightforward to open cargo container doors. But over time, those doors may stick and become more difficult to open. Sometimes the use of opening tools or extra equipment is necessary.

You can take these steps to make it easier to open container doors:

  • Rotate and lift the latches on one side, which frees up the handle so you can rotate it.
  • Rotate and lift the handles upward, pushing in a bit to release the handle.
  • Pull the handles toward you to open the door.
  • Repeat these steps for the other side.

To close the door:

  • Press both handles toward the container firmly.
  • Lock the hooks at the tops and bottoms of the rods into the brackets.
  • Secure both handles tightly at the same time, ensuring they are parallel to the door.
  • Rotate the latches above the handles to put them back in their original position.
  • Further secure your container using a padlock if desired.

If you container doors keeping sticking, here’s why that may be happening:

  • Improper alignment of gears
  • Warped lock rods (cargo movement during transit can cause this)
  • Corrosion that leads to seizing at the hinge pins and blade
  • Damage or hardening of the gasket due to cold weather or frequent use
  • Water infiltration between the doors
  • Poor construction quality

If your door is sticking you can try:

  • Lubricating the brackets, hinges, and bar guides
  • Applying grease onto the locking bar cams
  • Replacing the door hinges, brackets and handles if corrosion or damage is present

Types of Shipping Container Doors

There are many types of shipping containers:

Cargo Doors

These are heavy-duty free-swinging doors that you will find at end. This option is good for storing tools and machinery, but can be difficult to access in tight spaces.

Personnel Doors

This convenient option is best for portable offices, workspaces, and living areas that require frequent access.

Roll-Up Doors

Roll-up doors (AKA shutter doors) can be lifted from the bottom and roll up to nest inside the container. If you’re tight on space, this is a great option.

Sliding Glass Doors

Glass doors provide a nice aesthetic look if your container will be serving as a café, shop or exhibition. They are transparent, encouraging as much light as possible to filter into the unit. They aren’t as secure as other doors though.

Combination Doors

For large containers, you may need multiple doors for easier and faster access.

In the end, the security, accessibility, and appearance of your shipping container will all come into play when choosing your doors. Take a moment to think about your needs and which door would best fit those needs.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

Still not sure which door to choose for your container? Just ask our team; we would be happy to advise you. Contact us today for a free quote and to learn about your options.


An In-Depth Look at the Varying Condition Levels of Containers

Monday, February 28th, 2022

There are two important considerations when choosing which kind of shipping container you need: appearance condition and shipping grades. Today we will go into detail about the condition grades of all our new and used shipping containers. 

Your shipping container provider should be honest and upfront with you about the condition of your desired unit. Here at Transocean Equipment Management, you can always count on our transparency!

New/One Trip

New containers were built within the last two years and at the most may have been used only once for international shipping. All parts of the container are considered to be in excellent condition. This is the best condition you can get.

A Grade

A grade containers will feature minimal rust, with doors and gaskets that are in very good condition. There will be no major dents, floors in good condition, and few (if any) patches in the roof. This is also an excellent quality container that looks aesthetically pleasing but that can still be painted if you wanted to.

B Grade

With B grade, you can expect some rust, but overall the corrosion is minor and superficial, and any areas of rust that are present won’t be bigger than six inches in diameter. There is little to no rust around doors, gaskets, hinges and seals, but there could still be a few patches on the roof and floor. Side walls may feature some deflections, but overall, this is a good quality unit, best used for general storage purposes.

C Grade

Rust is present but not overwhelming, with most of it being superficial. Areas of rust could be larger than six inches in diameter. Doors are functional but there may be some light rust on gaskets, hinges or tops of doors. There will likely be many patches in the roof and floor with delamination present on the floor. This is not the prettiest option but it’s one of the more popular grades due to its affordability and structural soundness.

D Grade

Rust will be structural and predominant, with doors that are difficult to open and close. It’s likely that the unit has loose gaskets with severe delamination occurring on the floor (which may also be loose). You will see medium to severe rust around seals. Sides could have large deflections or dents. These units are likely 20 years old or more. They’re the cheapest option and pretty ugly, but they are still wind and water tight and perfectly fine for storing four-wheelers, lawnmowers, and other similar equipment.

Overall, there are many things that will dictate which grade you choose, from budget to intended usage. You can get the best deal with used or recycle containers, which can cost you about $3000, while a new one will cost you $5,000 or more.

Checking the Condition Before Buying

Before settling on a container, always check the condition to make sure its condition has been properly presented to you by the rep. Here are some tips when searching.

Look at Photos

Photos will help you determine the container’s condition and dimensions, but don’t neglect the details. Be aware that there are scams out there, so make sure the photos add up to the one you’re seeing in reality.

Check the Exterior

Walk around the outside to check on overall condition. Pay attention to corner castings, paint, and seals. While small dents can be expected here and there, large sections of denting and rusting are a cause for concern.

Inspect the Interior

Now head inside. Do the doors show any signs of significant damage? They should be able to lock and seal correctly. Next, take a look at all door fittings, seals, locks and gaskets for damage. Do you smell mold? Musty smells may mean there’s a leak somewhere.

Ask About Delivery Fees

Find out what the terms and conditions are when it comes to your container’s delivery.

How far away does the container have to come? What circumstances would arise that would necessitate an increase in pre-purchase quote? Who is responsible for the container while it’s in transport? What if it is damaged when being dropped off by the truck?

There are all crucial questions to ask before you take ownership of the shipping container.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

To learn more about the many grades of storage container we offer and which one would be right for you, contact us today for a free quote.



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. 

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