9 Types of Dangerous Goods Shipping

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9 Types of Dangerous Goods Shipping

Monday, November 28th, 2022

There’s no getting around the fact that shipping containers must be filled and shipped with hazardous cargo inside. But it’s critical to ship hazardous goods safely to avoid disaster. The shipping of hazardous goods is an industry that’s highly specialized and regulated, requiring proper documentation and proper containers.

So what exactly are dangerous goods? These substances or items are those that pose a risk to health, safety, the environment, or property while in the process of shipping. They have to be handled with top-notch care from start to finish. Dangerous goods take many forms, from solids to liquids to gasses.

They may be corrosive in nature, or they could be common items that we use every day, such as perfume. All of these dangerous goods are transported in shipping containers for ease of transportation as well as safety. Because shipping containers can be stacked, bulk transportation is possible.

Top Hazardous Goods

There are nine classifications of dangerous goods, and those include:

1.     Explosives

These are materials that can quickly conflagrate or detonate due to a chemical reaction. Examples include flares, fireworks, and gunpowder.

2.     Gasses

These are substances that can be compressed, liquefied, refrigerated, or dissolved. Examples include oxygen, helium, and chlorine.

3.     Flammable liquids

These are liquids with very low ignition temperatures, meaning that they ignite easily, and are extremely volatile and combustible. Examples include acetone, kerosene, and gas oil.

4.     Flammable solids

In the same vein, flammable solids are solids that are easily combustible. Examples include sodium batteries, metal powders, and activated carbon.

5.     Oxidizing substances

These include oxidizing agents and organic peroxides, which are highly reactive and combust easily. Examples include hydrogen peroxide and lead nitrate.

6.     Toxic and infectious substances

Toxic substances can be deadly if swallowed or inhaled, or if received via skin contact, while infectious substances can result in disease. Common examples include dyes, medical waste, and biological cultures.

7.     Radioactive materials

These substances would be extremely dangerous if they were to become unstable. Examples include yellowcake and medical isotopes.

8.     Corrosives

Corrosive materials will disintegrate or degrade other materials on contact. These highly reactive corrosives produce a positive chemical effect, with examples including batteries, paints and chlorides.

9.     Miscellaneous goods

All other goods are included in this category, such as dry ice, motor engines and marine pollutants.

Packaging Requirements For Hazardous Materials

There are some packaging requirements to keep in mind when shipping dangerous goods.

  • UN number: This four-digit code is preceded by the letters UN.
  • PSN: This stands for proper shipping name, and is used to describe the cargo.
  • Packing group: There are three packing groups: I, II, and III, which help to determine the degree of packing necessary for a certain good.

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We take safety very seriously here at Transocean, and are well aware of these nine dangerous substances. If you need safe, durable steel containers to transport your dangerous goods, call us today to learn about our options.



The Purpose of Forklift Pockets

Wednesday, October 26th, 2022

Forklift pockets are basically the openings at the bases of shipping containers, designed to accommodate the insertion of forklift prongs. Their purpose is to secure, lift and balance shipping containers safely. It’s common to see forklifts picking and moving containers within a shipping container yard or port.

The pockets are included as standard fittings in 20-feet containers, positioned parallel to the container’s center within the bottom side rails. If a container did not have pockets, only the top side could be lifted via crane. You don’t see too many forklift pockets in 40-foot containers, as it can be dangerous to lift and balance such a heavy load.

The equipment tasked with handling a container must have a sufficient rating to handle the weight. This obviously means that if the container has cargo inside, this added weight is taken into consideration. Thus, you shouldn’t be using standard warehouse forklifts to lift shipping containers. Those are meant mostly for transporting pallets and heavy items within a warehouse or factory setting, best for indoor activities on stable, even surfaces over short distances only.

Types of Pockets

Let’s take a look at the different types of forklift pockets that can lift shipping containers.

1.     Grappler Pockets

Some containers have grappler pockets that can lift the units up with grapplers, generally used as an alternative to top spreaders that use corner castings to lift units.

2.     Gooseneck Tunnels

40-feet containers have inlets or recesses on their front-end floors. Called gooseneck container trailers, those goosenecks match up with the tunnels on the container’s bottom. The tunnels then  balance the units on the gooseneck chassis.

Common Issues

Sometimes, dangers can arise with the use of forklift pockets. One common issue involves the accidental entry of certain objects inside the unit that may prove to be hazardous later. Tools such as spanners or screwdrivers that have been left behind in a forklift by mistake by employees can cause damage.

Additionally, objects that may have gotten blown inside the container by wind can become lodged inside the unit. Both scenarios present challenges when the prongs from forklifts are inserted into the pockets, making the containers become off-balance. To avoid problems, covers can be installed over pockets when not in use.

Forklifts are great machines to have in a container yard because they offer so many benefits and solutions to tight logistical challenges. They can position containers on and off large trucks, they’re affordable, and they serve many helpful purposes. However, you should take any and all safety precautions when using a forklift to lift containers by their pockets.

Always adhere to the forklift’s upper weight carrying capacity before lifting a container. And remember not to use standard warehouse forklifts to lift shipping containers.

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We hope you found this blog on forklift pockets interesting. If you need more information on buying or renting a shipping container of your own, call us today at (910) 483-7828.



How Can You Keep Your Storage Container From Rusting?

Monday, September 26th, 2022

Rust is never a good thing when it comes to your shipping container. It slowly eats away at the steel, making holes that get bigger and more jagged as the months wear on. You want the most out of your investment, right? Well, you need to perform regular maintenance so such deterioration doesn’t occur.

Rust will reduce the lifespan of your container like nothing else. Yes, containers are made of heavy-duty steel, which will slow down the advancement of rust, but it’s not immune to corrosion’s effects.

Shipping container rust originates from oxidation that occurs from contact with moisture. Untreated dings and dents also invite rust because they have lost their protective paint layer. Protect your container from water infiltration and fix dents immediately to improve not only the appearance of the unit but its lifespan as well.

Here are some tips to prevent rust from occurring.

Keep Your Container Dry

Make sure your container remains dry and away from sources of water and harsh weather. Long-term exposure to water from the ground or trees can quickly start the spread of rust.

Place a Tarp Over the Unit

Place a thick plastic tarp over the container when not in use, especially if you live in a rainy or snowy climate. The tarps will provide protection against direct exposure to snow, rain, hail, and heavy winds that can send branches and rocks flying into the container. If you still want to use your container while protecting it, pitch the tarp over the unit like a tent.

Keep it Off Soft or Wet Ground

Put your container on a foundation of some kind, such as a concrete slab or two railroad ties, to prevent the bottom from coming into contact with moisture. This will keep your container off wet or soft ground such as dirt, gravel, grass, or sand, and it will keep bugs from getting inside too. Plus, it will encourage air flow under the container so it can dry out after rain.

Gable the Roof ​

Many older shipping containers develop small dents on the roof after being stacked during overseas transport. These concave dents can pool water, which can lead to rust. Prevent this pooling of water by placing a 4×4 wood plank at the low point of the roof and pushing it into the ceiling with a jack. Now, the water will roll right off.

Pressure Wash Mud

Containers often get caked with mud. To get it off, wash it off with a hose or a pressure washer. This is also a good way to prep your container for a new paint job.

Get Rid of Surface Rust Immediately

The good thing about surface rust is that it hasn’t yet reached the internal layer and can still be treated. But if you leave surface rust untreated, it will make holes eventually. For minimal rust, scrape it away with a wire brush, then use a damp cloth to wipe away particles.

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We hope these tips have been helpful. If you need assistance with buying or renting a shipping container, call us today at (910) 483-7828.




New or Used, Rent or Buy: How to Decide on Shipping Containers

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

In the market for a shipping container? As you may already know, there are many options out there. Rent vs. buy? New vs. used? How can you decide? We have put together this handy guide to help you make the most educated decision possible.

New vs. Used

Buying new or used goes well beyond how much money you are willing to shell out. Here are the benefits and drawbacks to each.

Why buy new?

Buying a new shipping container has many advantages. It will cost you more but you will get a better quality product that will give you a long shelf life.

  • 20’and 40’ shipping containers have only been shipped with cargo once, meaning they have only been subjected to the ocean environment one time.
  • You can be assured you’re getting the best condition possible, with 20 or more years of serviceability.
  • You get a wider selection of container when you buy new, as well as configurations.
    • Lengths of 10′, 16′, 20′, 24′, 40′ and 45′ lengths
    • Standard height (8.5′ high) and high-cubes (9.5′ high)
    • Choose from double doors on one end or both
  • Manufactured with Corten steel panels and doors
  • They feature a protective layer to prevent rust
  • Can accommodate 30 tons gross weight.
  • Can support loading and unloading by a forklift.
  • Full certified.
  • Made under strict guidelines.
  • May be customized with colors or logos.

If appearance is important to you and you want a container in excellent condition with a long life, go with a new one-trip container in seaworthy condition. You won’t have to worry about expensive or time-consuming repairs for a long time.

Why buy used?

Don’t have a very forgiving budget? Don’t care about excellent condition? Used may be the better way to go. With used containers, you get:

  • More affordable pricing, still offering many years of service
  • A variety of conditions, sizes, configurations and colors
  • Swing doors and wooden floors
  • As-is condition or with custom modifications
  • Minimal ground preparation requirements
  • Many sizes to choose from: 20 ft, 40 ft, high cube, etc.
  • Refrigerated containers available

Used storage containers are those that have been retired from cargo service, still able to give you long-term, secure storage even though they are used. They’re still in good condition but may be marked with some blemishes like dents or surface rust.

Rent vs. Buy

Now the next consideration is if you should rent or buy your container. Here are some tips to decide.

Why you should rent

Renting gives you a good idea of what you’re getting into. Perhaps you may buy one at a later date but aren’t sure which one will work for your needs. Renting first will allow you to determine your needs without getting tied down to a purchase right now, especially if you don’t have the capital. You can always downsize or upsize later.

The ability to rent-to-own is another benefit of rentals. In most cases, you are given the opportunity to buy your rented container any time during the rental term. It can be viewed as a trial period.

Why you should buy

Purchasing a container has its benefits too. When the container is yours outright, you can modify it any way you wish. From mobile offices and kiosks to pop up cafes and concession stands, there are many ways you can use modifications and extra accessories to achieve the function and look you want. Put another way, with a purchase, you are in control of what you do with the container.

Additionally, you can move it where you see fit. This mobility factor is a big feature, without the need to have to keep it at the original location. If you need a container for the long term, you’ll save money buying rather than renting. On the flip side, if you only need a container for a few months, renting is a more cost effective option. Also, when you buy a container, you can amortize its cost over several years.

In the end, the length of time you need the container as well as its purpose will dictate whether you get new or used. If you only need a container for a month for an exhibition or trade show, renting is a good option. If you need a mobile office on your property for the next few years and you want to make modifications, buying is better.

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If you still can’t decide on new vs. used or rent vs. buy, perhaps we can help. Call us at (910) 483-7828 for more guidance, terms and pricing.




What Are Modular Press Boxes?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

If you own or manage a stadium, rink or field for a school or town, have you ever thought of adding a press box? If you already have one, is it old and unsafe, or too expensive to operate? Before the season gets underway, think of a new option: shipping containers.

Shipping container press boxes feature a unique design that will impress everyone who visits the stadium, from the home team to the away visitors. Plus, they offer a spacious and efficient workspace for media professionals so they can closely observe whatever sporting event is going on at the time.


Shipping containers can be modified to create comfortable, attractive, and functional press boxes, giving you complete design flexibility. From baseball and soccer to football and lacrosse, modular press boxes are an affordable and mobile way to view the activities. Press boxes are designated spaces where coaches, commentators, and members of the media enjoy an optimal vantage point for viewing sporting events. They also act as hubs for reporting on the action or crafting stories for the local paper.


An Eco-Friendly Choice

Shipping container press boxes can be customized to meet your specifications. You can choose any layout you want, plus you can add on features such as bleachers. You can even use two or more shipping containers linked together for additional space. These adaptable structures are more affordable than standard construction methods because they don’t need brick and mortar materials. There is also a decreased construction time with shipping container press boxes.

This smart, eco-friendly choice utilizes repurposed materials so you’re not contributing more waste to the landfills. People will appreciate your dedication to making the community safer and cleaner.


You will be surprised at how comfortable and modern shipping container press boxes can be. They have just as many features as traditionally constructed press boxes, from high-end interiors and flooring to tables and electronics. Choose from the type of insulation, framing materials, and wall coverings you want.


The best part is, you can wire your custom press box to support electricity, Internet and A/V connectivity. There are many window and door designs you can choose from that open up the space and allow for plenty of ventilation and viewing areas.

Not only is a repurposed shipping container eye-catching and unique, it’s a cost effective method of saving your team or school money.

Benefits of Shipping Container Press Boxes

Check out these main reasons why a shipping container press box is a good idea for stadiums, schools and more.

1.     They Are Strong and Durable

Shipping containers were built to carry heavy loads and withstand harsh environments, so it stands to reason they could more than handle the demands of a stadium press box. Plus, you can stack them up to eight high. They are safe and secure enough to hold all your valuable equipment such as electronics and sports gear.

2.     They Are Eco-Friendly

Without sacrificing quality or comfort, shipping containers are smart eco-friendly choices that can help save the environment. For example, a 40-ft shipping container weighs 8,000 pounds, and when you repurpose that container, you’re not adding all that usable steel to the waste stream. You can also reduce or eliminate the need for traditional building materials such as cement, wood and bricks.

3.     They Have a Modular Design

It’s easy to transport shipping containers by ship, rail or truck due to the fact that they already adhere to standard shipping sizes. Because of their modular design, you can link or stack several units together if you need one big structure.

4.     They Are Cost Effective

Compared with brick and mortar structures, shipping containers are easy on the wallet. You can also add modifications quite affordably, and you don’t have to pay for labor. Plus, there are no delays related to construction like you would get with a traditional structure.

5.     They Can Be Customized

Shipping container press boxes are easily customized to your specifications and delivered to your site just how you want them. This means you get the most unique press box possible – one that no one else will have. The sky’s the limit when it comes to layouts, as you can select from any framing material and insulation type you want, as well as windows, doors, floors and paint.

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Eager to get going on your next shipping container press box? Reach out to us at (910) 483-7828 and we would be happy to guide you.



Shipping Container Solutions For Construction Sites

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

Construction sites vary in size from multiple large new homes to minor house remodeling to road construction. All construction sites have tools, equipment, machinery, and lumber and other raw materials to get the job done. Usually, there aren’t any facilities already on-site for safe storage, rest rooms or break rooms.

Often times, these areas are the responsibility of foremen or company owners. That’s where versatile shipping containers come in. They can be used for job site storage, locker rooms and so much more.

Benefits of Using Shipping Containers

Shipping containers bring construction sites many advantages, such as:

  • Affordability: Containers are a cost-effective option when compared with building from the ground up.
  • Versatility: Containers are great for on-site offices for logistics managers, project managers, architects, contractors and store managers. Plus, they can be easily stacked or connected side by side to form large office spaces, points out GlobalTrade.
  • Portability: When done with one on-site project, you can take your container with you to the next one.
  • Durability: Made from Corten steel, shipping containers are long-lasting, corrosion-resistant and weatherproof.
  • Security: With the right locks, containers are very hard to break into.
  • Rapid Deployment: With little to no ground preparation, containers can be delivered on the same day of request in many cases.
  • Compact: Your shipping containers take up less of a footprint on your site than a traditional building.


Uses For Shipping Containers

There are many uses for shipping containers on a construction site, from mobile offices to repair shops.

Practical Uses

You can use them for:

  • Overnight storage: Store your expensive tools for protection against theft.
  • Safe storage for flammable or hazardous liquids.
  • Protection for fragile goods such as windows or bathroom fittings.
  • Climate-controlled storage for materials that are sensitive to heat, cold and rain.
  • Repair centers where you can make fixes to on-site equipment as needed without having to send it out for expensive and time consuming repairs.

You can make further adaptations through the addition of climate control systems, shelving, or extra doors.

They’re also very durable. Use storage containers for palleted goods such as tiles, cement, blocks, and other bulk deliveries. On top of that, you can add extra security features, such as alarms, lights, cameras, and special locks. And if you are concerned about environmentally-safe storage of fuel, oils, and lubricants, you can add vents and drip trays.

On-Site Workshops

While most work takes place on location, you may want to designate a workshop for cutting timber, putting together components, or recharging equipment. This weatherproofed and well-equipped workshop space is ideal in many trades to boost workflow and reduce accidents. You can also use these spaces for preparing materials for use on your site to prevent work stoppages and delays. An extra bonus: you can move these workshops around the site as needed.

On-Site Offices

A construction site must be able to accommodate administrative work too, which is why you need a container for:

  • Blueprints and plans
  • Computers and printers
  • Planning documents, permits, compliance paperwork, etc.
  • Health and safety paperwork
  • Employee and subcontractor paperwork
  • Delivery notes
  • Accounting books

These containers keep all important documentation in one place, safe from the wind and rain.  In addition, you can use mobile space as:

  • Sales offices
  • Security offices
  • Conference rooms

Medical Attention Station

Construction sites are dangerous places. Even the most safety-conscious construction sites will run into minor accidents here and there, such as falls, slips and trips. Even with rigorous safety rules put in place, major accidents are still a possibility, not to mention other health risks such as dehydration and allergic reactions to bug bites.

This is why it’s wise to use a shipping container as a mobile first-aid station. This will ensure fast, focused treatment of minor incidents, as well as for first response stabilization when it comes to more serious incidents. You will want to stock this unit with anything from bandages and medication to defibrillators and other life-saving equipment.

From break rooms to mobile offices, the benefits of shipping containers are far-reaching on a construction site.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

Call us for a free quote on any of our container sizes and modifications you may want when creating a mobile office for your construction site. Get started when you call us at (910) 483-7828. We would be happy to suggest the ideal modifications to meet your needs.




Your Guide to Shipping Container Safety and Cargo Doors

Friday, July 15th, 2022

When you buy a shipping container, you want assurances that your cargo will remain safe from the elements and thieves. You also want to make sure it’s easy to access whenever you need to. That’s why the cargo doors you choose are so important, as is the overall safety of your container.

From heavy-duty doors and theft-proof locks to alarm systems, surveillance, and perimeter fencing, there are many things you can do to ensure the safety of your unit. Doors are the main concern for many.

Types of Shipping Container Doors

There are many methods of cargo safety measures, the main measure being manual elements such as locks and bars. Remember, the right doors will protect your cargo from outside influences of humans and nature.

Here’s a look at the different types of doors:

  • Double doors: These are the most common, providing you with the highest level of cargo loading flexibility. You can opt for both the front and rear ends of the shipping containers to have double doors, or you could add a set just at one end. It’s your choice.
  • Open side doors: These are another popular choice, with two-leaf gates at the sidewalls that you can fully open for easy loading of heavy cargo.
  • Personnel Doors: These doors are made of heavy-duty steel with insulated cores, and allow for easy and frequent access to the container by approved personnel. The insulated core regulates temperatures inside the unit.
  • Roll-up doors: These are great for heavy cargo transport and unloading. They’re lightweight and can easily be rolled up to provide easy access to the interior. Also known as overhead entrances, roll-up doors can be attached to the sidewalls.
  • Sliding glass doors: Made of glass and vinyl, these are not as common due to their transparent nature and the security issues they pose.
  • Sliding steel doors: Similar to sliding glass doors, these are slightly more viable for cargo safety.
  • Cargo Door: These are heavy-duty steel core, two-leaf doors located at the rear, providing tunnel access to the interior.
  • Combination Door: This allows you to add different types with more security measures and cargo-loading flexibility. You can even have multiple access points, great for containers used as tiny homes or offices.

Container Door Elements

The kind of door you choose will determine decides how quickly, efficiently and safely you can load and unload cargo.

Open-side doors, for example, are a secure way to load heavy equipment securely due to the wider access.

But in addition to the door, you also should know about some of the markings, which tell you a lot about the container’s identity. This is where all the owner or manufacturer information will be listed, as well as the ISO number, maximum payload capacity and empty container weight.

You will also find safety approval plates such as the Container Safety Convention plate and the Approved Continuous Examination Program which tells you all about the safety status of the container. And finally, you will also see height caution stickers on the doors.

In the end, your container door acts as the last line of defense between the interior of your shipping container and the outdoors. That’s why it’s important to carefully research the type of cargo door you want. The right one will keep intruders at bay (important for those who own businesses with expensive equipment).

The right one will also keep Mother Nature out, as well as pests, moisture and rot. The above types of doors can generally be included on all common sizes of shipping containers, such as 20-foot, 40-foot and high cube containers. They can also be used on specialty units such as flat racks, open-sided containers, open-top containers, hard-top containers and refrigerated units (reefers).

Don’t hesitate to speak with your shipping container provider, as they can help you choose the right cargo doors for your intended purpose, budget, security needs and container type.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

We welcome any and all questions you may have about door options for our many shipping container models. You can get a free quote on our container sizes and modifications such as doors when you give us a call at (910) 483-7828. We service a large area for your convenience and bring you all the add-ons you need to complete your container.




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.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

Have you made the decision to buy a shipping container for your yard or work site, we applaud you! To learn more about our sizes and prices, give us a call at (910) 483-7828. You may also want to check out our many modifications as well.




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!

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

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.

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