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Cost Comparison: Mobile Office Trailers vs. Shipping Containers

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

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

Upfront Costs

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

Set-Up and Accessory Costs

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

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

Depreciation Schedule: Taxes

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


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

Life Span Comparison

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

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

Transportation Costs

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

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

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

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

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

When is Buying a New Storage Container the Wise Option?

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Buying new is always an advantage if you can afford it and your needs match these requirements. Just like buying a brand new car, you are assured that you are the only owner, that nothing is wrong with it, no one drove it like a crazy person, and you know the condition it was in when you drove it off the lot.

With used anything, you are taking a gamble. That’s why buying a new shipping container makes sense in many cases. If you require excellent condition, long life, and pristine appearance, you will want to buy new. Also, sometimes a new container is a fulfillment of shipper requirement.

In any case, here’s why buying a new storage container is the wise option. New storage containers are…

Ready to Go

New, one trip containers are in seaworthy condition when you buy them, ready to be loaded and transported. With no repairs necessary, you can be assured of quick loading and shipping with none of the snafus that may come with buying a used one. Your cargo and freight needs may require the use of a totally new container. In this case, you can buy with confidence knowing your container is ready to get going right away.

Able to be Customized

This is another great benefit. When you buy new, you can customize the look and function of your storage container, from the paint color to any modifications you require. Special orders are possible when you buy new, so if you want custom colors or business logos incorporated, this is doable.

A Smart Financial Investment

If you are a large company with the capital to spend and the long-term need for shipping containers, buying new is a smart investment. Perhaps you are a project manager in a construction company that handles multiple jobs all at the same time. You know you’ll always need portable storage solutions, so buying new is a good idea. Plus, you know you will always have access to equipment that can transport that container from site to site as needed.

Smaller contractors, on the other hand, may not have the extra capital to invest because they don’t know when or where their next project may be. For them, buying used or renting are better options.

Cost Effective

Larger companies consistently need storage, which means they will eventually lose money by renting. If you think you’ll need to rent a container for more than 18 months, you should buy it outright instead. This timeframe is when purchasing a new container becomes the more responsible financial decision.

Brand New With no Corrosion

New ocean-going containers are made with Corten steel corrugated panels and doors, which resists corrosion. This means you get a longer lifespan out of your container. You know what you’re getting with a new container. For example, certified ISO standards ensure units can be moved and loaded with up to 30 tons of gross weight, which is the standard in the international shipping industry.

Your new unit can handle forklift loading and unloading. Plus, ISO cargo containers are manufactured under strict guidelines and certified by Lloyd’s Register and Bureau Veritas. There is no guesswork with a new container. You are the first to use it, and therefore you are in control of its condition.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

To learn more about our new shipping containers, contact us at 910-483-7828. We can help you decide if buying new is right for you.

Choosing the Right Exterior Door For Your Shipping Container

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Shipping containers are known as being reliable, secure, affordable and most of all, mobile. But they’re also super convenient, partly due to the versatility you have when adding doors. When choosing doors for your modified container, consider the level of accessibility you intend for the structure, asking yourself these questions:

  • How will I use the container?
  • How often will my employees need access to the container?
  • Will I be storing over-sized items inside the container?
  • Will anyone be living or working in the container?

Once you have answered these questions, you can better select from the following door options.

Cargo Doors

These are heavy-duty, weather-tight, and secure swinging doors that are usually situated at the container’s end. Using a cam and lock system, this ensures all contents remain protected against theft and the weather.

Use cargo doors if:

  • You need to place large items inside the container easily, possibly by forklift.
  • Immediate convenience is not a priority.

Personnel Doors

Crafted of steel, these are welded into the wall of the container so that the structure is wind- and water-resistant. The insulated core of the personnel door will keep the container cool in summer and warm in winter. These doors also come equipped with a deadbolt and steel handle for the utmost in security so you can keep important documents and valuables safe. If you need extra security, you can always add a keypad entry.

Use a personnel door if:

  • The container is going to be used as a portable office building, living space, or storage space.
  • The interior of the container must be accessed frequently, with the ability to walk in and out.

Roll-Up Doors

Also referred to as overhead doors, these lift from the bottom and roll up inside the container. You can easily latch them and lock them, plus they’re quite lightweight. They’re welded into the container wall, with installation possible along the side walls or at the end. You may be able to opt for an add-on rain pan that helps to keep rainwater out.

Use a roll-up door if:

  • You plan on storing large equipment in the container.
  • You will need to access the contents of the container frequently.

Sliding Glass Doors

The height and width of double wide personnel doors, this type of door is made of durable glass framed with vinyl. They’re available with secure locks for minimal protection but keep in mind the doors are transparent and are more inviting of theft.

Use a sliding glass door if:

  • You are using the container as an office, store front or living space.
  • You are looking for a stylish design and plenty of natural light.

Door Combinations

You may want to consider multiple entryways if you have a very large container or you are using it as a working or living space. In fact, extra doors are the most popular modification that people choose.

The design of any shipping container should fit your specific needs and budget. Whether you want more convenience or you want more light, there is a shipping container door out there for you.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you have questions about what door is right for your project, contact us for a free price quote at 910-483-7828.


What are Reefer Containers and What are They Used For?

Friday, September 27th, 2019

The term “reefer container” is short for “refrigerated container.” They’re basically just big fridges used to transport temperature-controlled cargo such as produce, meat, fish, seafood, vegetables and dairy, as well as non-food products that must be refrigerated, such as flowers and pharmaceuticals. Such containers must maintain their temperature because they are crossing many miles and oceans before they reach their destination.

Reefer containers are able to maintain a variety of cargo at the required temperatures for the duration of the trip. They also make an ideal portable solution to short- or long-term storage and may be used to ship or truck goods on a long distance-basis. This is because they are able to be plugged into power stations on ships or feature clip-on generators.

Transocean reefers are wind and water tight, featuring secure lockable doors. Most of our specialized containers are available new or used in 20′ and 40′ lengths.

Let’s go over the benefits of reefer containers:

Broad Temperature Ranges

Reefer containers can sustain a temperature range of -30 degrees F to 80 degrees F, with the ability to keep goods warm as well as cold. Refrigerated units are designed to maintain or lower the temperature of your shipment, even under the harshest of conditions.

Versatile Airflow

To maintain the set temperature of frozen goods, air flows around, under and upwards along the sides of the goods. To maintain the temperature of chilled goods, air flows around, under and into the inside of goods.


Reefers can be easily transported, which means they’re perfect for transporting temperature-dependent cargo such as medicine or food.

Cost Efficiency

Yes, you will have to shell out money for the initial investment, but over time you will save money knowing your goods are stored in a temperature controlled environment and won’t spoil. Products are kept at the correct temperature and moisture levels, extending their shelf lives and keeping spoilage to a minimum.

Many Uses

Reefers can be used for additional purposes than just ocean transport of goods. They can be used for:

  • Restaurants and hotels
  • Seasonal festivals and fairs
  • Pharmaceutical storage

They can be used in the following industries and for the following purposes:

  • Inventory Overflow Storage Floral Industry
  • Commercial Kitchen Remodels
  • Farming and Agriculture Storage
  • Chemical Supply and Manufacturing
  • Medical and Biomedical
  • Vaccines
  • Meat Processing
  • Seafood Wholesale
  • Food and Beverage Distribution
  • Produce Storage

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If your company’s products are temperature controlled and you need to store or ship them for long periods of time, you need a refrigerated container. They’re well worth the investment, as you can’t risk losing your entire shipment due to spoilage. Contact us at 910-483-7828 to learn more about our refrigerated containers, our rates and the sizes we offer. We would be happy to give you a free price quote.


Shipping Containers: Should You Buy New or Used?

Monday, August 26th, 2019


The answer to this question will depend largely on your needs, preferences and budget. But in general, there are several advantages to both.

Advantages of Buying New

In general, buying a new shipping container will cost more but you get a more durable product and a longer useful life.

Here are some benefits to buying new:

  • 20’shipping containers and 40′ shipping containers are shipped with cargo just once. Translation: the storage unit you’re buying has only been exposed to the ocean environment one time and is in the best condition possible.
  • You get 20 or more years of serviceability.
  • New containers come in a wider selection of sizes and configurations than used containers.
    • 10′, 16′, 20′, 24′, 40′ and 45′ lengths.
    • Standard height (8.5′ high) or high-cubes (9.5′ high).
    • You can have either double doors on one end or on both ends of the containers.
  • Manufactured with Corten steel corrugated panels and doors, featuring a protective layer that keeps corrosion at bay.
  • Can be loaded and moved with up to 30 tons gross weight.
  • Can support forklift loading and unloading.
  • Created under strict guidelines and fully certified.
  • Can be customized with colors or logos.

Consider new shipping containers when you want excellent condition, long life, or convenient fulfillment of shipper requirements. One-trip containers in seaworthy condition are ready to be loaded and transported, with no need for costly or time-consuming repairs.

Because of their excellent condition, new containers are perfect for your storage needs, thanks to the nearly spotless and intact condition. As a result, you get a valuable storage unit to hold your prized personal possessions or delicate items.

Advantages of Buying Used

If your budget is tight and you don’t need a top of the line selection, used is the way to go. With used, you get:

  • Affordable pricing, with many years of service left to offer
  • The choice of a variety of conditions, sizes, colors and configurations
  • Swing doors and wooden floors
  • A variety of purposes: as-is or custom modifications according to your needs
  • Minimal ground preparation is needed.
  • Many sizes for sale and lease: 20 ft, 40 ft, 45 ft, 48 ft and 53 ft.

Generally, used storage containers have been retired from cargo service and offer a nice cost over new containers, while still giving you long-term secure storage. Used containers are typically in very good condition but there’s no guarantee that there won’t be blemishes, dents, or surface rust.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

If you need additional help choosing between a new or used shipping container, please contact us in either our North Carolina or South Carolina offices.

Shipping Container vs. Storage Shed: Which One Should You Get?

Friday, July 26th, 2019

If you have some a lot of stuff that you don’t need on a regular basis but still need access when you want it, you may consider a backyard storage shed. But have you considered a storage container instead?

Traditionally, backyard storage sheds are made of wood or vinyl. However, a new trend is being seen in backyards across the country: repurposed shipping containers in place of sheds. These shipping containers have many advantages over wood or vinyl sheds.

Advantages to Shipping Containers


One of the biggest benefits to using a shipping container as a storage shed is its affordability in terms of cost per square foot. For example, a new container that measures 20’ long x 8’ wide x 8.5’tall costs about $3,475, equal to nearly $22 per square foot. In contrast, a typical 12′ x 12′ shed can cost between $4,300 (equal to about $30 per square foot) and up to $6,000. Thus, storage containers offer a cost savings of more than $8 per square foot when looking at shed prices at your local big box store.


Another advantage to using shipping containers is that they are better constructed, using heavy-duty Corten steel. Containers can be painted with a high-quality industrial paint that will protect the steel for years to come, with the underside being factory sprayed with a special undercoating that’s rot-resistant.

You don’t get that same protection with a shed, unless you’re purchasing a very expensive vinyl shed. If you have a wooden shed, you will have to re-paint it every few years, or you risk rotting, splitting and cracking.

Containers are built to last and very strong, withstanding the weight of six fully-loaded containers stacked on top. Floors are typically comprised of one-inch thick treated marine grade plywood, featuring “C” channel cross members, so you get peace of mind knowing you can safely store your lawn mowers, quads, tractors, mini excavators, and other heavy equipment inside.


It’s no secret that sheds are very difficult to keep mice and other critters out of. All it takes is a hole as small as a quarter inch in diameter for a mouse to squeeze through. Once inside, mice are destructive, making nests, chewing through material and wires, and even setting up house in the engine compartment of your lawn mower. This can all be expensive to repair, not to mention the aggravation it causes. Containers, on the other hand, are mouse proof, with double gasketed doors that form a tight weather, insect, and mouse proof seal.  

Site Preparation

Shipping containers need very little in the way of site preparation. As long as the ground is fairly level, a container can be placed down right on dirt, concrete, asphalt or crushed stone. Site preparation for a shed is more involved. Set-up of a container takes about 10 minutes – a one-person job. Set-up for a traditional wooden shed requires multiple people, which will cost you more money and time.


The best advantage of storage containers over sheds is their security, built to keep out even the most motivated thieves. You can’t break into a shipping container unless you have power tools, whereas, you only need a crowbar and hammer to get into a shed within seconds.

Contact Transocean Equipment

If you are on the hunt for a dry, secure, rodent-proof shed at an affordable price, contact us to learn more about our storage container solutions.


19 of the Best Places to Visit in Charleston, South Carolina

Friday, July 5th, 2019

Charleston, South Carolina has many attractions that makes it an ideal place for your next vacation. There are so many things to do that spending a week will keep you busy with beautiful sites, historic knowledge, and various tours, all of which won’t have to break your pocket book. 

One of the oldest cities in America, Charleston is nicknamed the Holy City for its abundance of churches. Charleston has been named the 27th travel destination in the United States and voted the number 1 travel destination in the United States for the past several years. 

Historical Sites

Charleston is one of the oldest cities in America. The first battle of the Civil War happened here. The rich history this city has makes it an ideal place to visit historical landmarks and sites. Here are just a few of these historical sites people visit when vacationing in Charleston: 

Drayton Hall

John Drayton began construction on his country home in 1793. This grand building is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America still open to the public. The drive on a sandy road and past massive live oak trees takes the tourists back in time. Drayton Hall Plantation is one of the few who have survived the Civil War, and has remained untouched. This gives tourists a remnant of what life looked like over 300 years ago.

Drayton Hall offers guided house tours, with exquisite interiors featuring ornamental details and original 18th-century craftsmanship. You can use the 2 walking trails that follow the Ashley River or visit the on-site African-American cemetery. This cemetery is among the oldest in the nation still in use. 

Fort Sumter National Monument 

Fort Sumter is known for being the location where the American Civil War began in 1861. The Fort Sumter National Monument is located on a small island in Charleston Harbor several miles southwest of the city. After a quick ferry ride to the island, you can spend time exploring the well-preserved stone caverns. Several Civil War-era cannons are still located in the ruins. The National Park Rangers tell the story of Fort Sumter and the vital role the fort had in shaping our nation’s history. The museum also provides in-depth information to all interested in the history of the fort. 

Middleton Place

Middleton Place mansion was built in 1755 to Arthur Middleton who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Middleton Place holds an impressive collection of historical artifacts, furniture, and portraits. The plantation hires costumed interpreters who recreate life in the 18th century.

Middleton SC

The re-enactors demonstrate skills and trades such as blacksmithing, carpentry, weaving, and pottery. The Middleton Place is America’s oldest landscaped gardens with 65 acres of trimmed hedges and flower-lined paths that make it the perfect place for nature lovers. 

Aiken-Rhett House

The Aiken-Rhett House is the perfect example of antebellum life. The house was originally built in the early 1800s when then Governor William Aiken and his wife expanded it in the 1850s. The house’s original style has been preserved with antique furnishings, wallpaper, and bronze chandeliers. Take a self-guided audio tour allows tourists to explore the house at their own pace. Aiken-Rhett House is unique in that it remained within the same family for 142 years before becoming a museum. 

The Charleston Museum

In 1773, “America’s First Museum” was founded under the Charleston Library Society. This museum exhibits life during the Revolution, Charleston’s role in the Civil War, and a vast collection of Native American and early settlers artifacts in the Lowcountry History Hall.

Photo of Charleston Museum

A whale who swam into the Charleston Harbor in 1880 hangs suspended in the 2-story lobby. Designed to inspire curiosity and conversation, the Charleston Museum’s collections, exhibitions, educational programs, and events explore the South Carolina Lowcountry and the role it played in shaping our own stories. 

The Ravenel Bridge

At the time of its completion in 2005, the Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge was the longest cable bridge in North America. This bridge joins Charleston to Mount Pleasant and became a well-loved landmark and rightfully so. The sleek, cable-stay design can withstand winds exceeding 300 miles per hour and 7.4-scale earthquake.

Charleston Ravenel Bridge

Besides multiple lanes for cars, the bridge also includes a pedestrian and bike path called Wonders’ Way. This scenic route offers sweeping views of Charleston and Cooper River, making it a local favorite activity. 


Tours are popular in Charleston. Whether you choose a walking, boat, or brewery tour, there’s something in this city for everyone. Here are a few tours offered in the Holy City.

Boat Tours 

The Charleston Harbor is one of the must-see places in Charleston. Boat tours are offered, allowing passengers to get great views of the Harbor as well as learning about the city’s maritime history.

Charleston - Boat Tours

The boat tours are a great way to check out the sites, learn about Charleston’s history, and enjoy the beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean, possibly spotting dolphins and other marine life along the way. 

Brewery Tours 

Crafted Travel has received high ratings over the years for its brewery and distillery tour. The knowledgeable and fun guides offer you a 4 hour tour, starting with a distillery—that includes 6 tastings—and continues with stops for a pint at 2 local breweries. While enjoying the local beers, you’ll also get a tour of the Holy City Brewing, Revelry Brewing Co, Charleston Distilling Co, and Firefly Distillery. 

Ghost Tours 

Ghost tours are very popular in Charleston. There are many to choose from, such as carriage, walking, prison, and pub crawls to name a few. But no matter which ones you choose, be prepared to learn and explore Charleston’s darker history and supernatural legends. Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, ghost tours are a fun way to see Charleston. 

Walking Tours

Charleston’s rich history and beautiful landscape makes it the ideal place to go on a walking tour. You can do your own tour for free or join a tour guide to learn the in-depth history of how Charleston played important roles in the Revolutionary and Civil War. One such tour is under 2 miles and goes at a slow pace, making it perfect to take in the sites and snap the must-post selfie. 

Carriage Tours

Charleston’s Old South Carriage Ride and Guided History Tour gives tourists a chance to see many mansions, churches, and gardens in a horse-drawn carriage. The tour covers over 300 years of history, more than 2.5 miles, and 30 blocks of historic Charleston. This is a great experience and a unique way to tour the city and learn all about its rich history. 

Food Tours

Take your taste buds for a stroll and join the Charleston Culinary Tours. This food tour offers the best of Charleston history paired with food and drinks.

Charleston Food Tour

Dine the local cuisine that offers an array of dishes, concoctions, and cocktails to tease everyone’s palate. This unique tour makes the stay in Charleston that much more eclectic.


Charleston is full of beautiful parks, gardens, and beaches, making it the perfect place for nature lovers. Here are a few favorite places tourists and locals love to visit.

Magnolia Gardens

Magnolia Gardens is the oldest publicly accessed gardens and a must see. It first opened to visitors in 1870, but parts of the garden were in use 2 centuries prior. Magnolia also boasts America’s last large-scale Romantic-style garden. Part of area contains a house, a cabin, exhibits, a nature center, and a petting zoo. They also offer a boat tour to those interested in seeing the gardens from the water.

Waterfront Park

The Waterfront Park stretches for more than 1,000 feet along the Cooper River. A smattering of benches and double swings litter the 12-acre park to give visitors the best views of the Charleston Harbor.

Charleston - Waterfront Park

The popular and unusual Pineapple Fountain rests in the park and is an attraction to both locals and tourists. 

Angel Oak Tree

A short drive from downtown Charleston brings you to the oldest living thing east of the Mississippi River. The Angel Oak Tree is photographed by many and the branches sprawl in all directions. Visitors can come and enjoy a lunch at the picnic tables and walk among the younger oaks surrounding Angel. The age of the tree is undetermined—between 400 to 1,000 years old. Visiting is free, but the attraction asks for donations to help secure the health of the tree.

Folly Beach

Folly Beach is located 12 miles south of downtown Charleston. This massive stretch of coastline attracts a variety of travelers and makes a perfect day trip during the busy week of sight-seeing. People enjoy seashell hunting, surfing, and fishing off the pier.

Charleston - Folly Beach

It gets busy during the hot summer months, so getting there early to snag a good spot is preferable. Many eateries, restaurants, and bars line the coast, making it a perfect place to spend the entire day. Renting equipment such as beach chairs and snorkels is also available.

Sullivan’s Island 

Sullivan’s Island is a 3.3 square mile island that sits at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor. Only a 10 mile drive from east of downtown, Sullivan’s Island is a perfect place to spend the day. The breath-taking beaches, tasty restaurants, and unique shops add to the experience. You can check out the infamous Fort Moultrie where Edgar Allen Poe was stationed for over a year. Sullivan Island was his inspiration for his short story, The Golden Bug.

No matter if you live here or just visiting, there is so much to see and learn about Charleston. It’s fascinating history, eclectic cuisine, and unusual tours add adventure to any vacation itineraries. Choose Charleston as your next vacation destination.

Your Guide to Specialty Containers and What Each Type Can Be Used For

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

When considering which type of shipping or storage container you need, you may decide you need a specialty container for your unique needs. From flat rack to open top, there are many options available to you. For instance, here at Transocean Equipment Management, we offer specialized 20′ storage containers or 40′ storage containers that can be used for both business and personal purposes. Most specialized containers are available new or used.

Specialty Container Types

There are many types of specialty containers, such as:

  • Open-Top Containers: These are ideal for easy loading and unloading of the container from the top of the unit.
  • Hard-Top Containers: Easy to load, with greater loading height.
  • Refrigerated Containers, AKA “Reefers”: Great for storage and transportation of perishables or other temperature-sensitive cargo.
  • Open-Sided Containers: These feature full side-access doors, along with end cargo doors. Both provide greater accessibility, especially with forklift use.
  • Flat Rack Containers: Designed to transport over-sized items such as vehicles or heavy equipment.

Uses for Containers

Wondering what 20- and 40-foot containers can hold? Here are some suggested items you can hold in a specialty container:

  • Car
  • Small boat
  • Jet Ski or other watercraft
  • Snowmobile
  • Documents
  • Inventory
  • Equipment
  • Feed for agricultural uses
  • Furniture, including appliances and mattress

Shipping containers aren’t just used for shipping items. They can have many creative uses outside of the transportation industry. From homes and offices to restaurants and hotels, the possibilities are endless. Containers can also be used as:

  • Workshops
  • Construction site headquarters
  • Quick food service
  • Pools and saunas
  • Hotels
  • Homes (for minimalist living)
  • Studios
  • Art galleries
  • Fitness centers
  • Home gyms
  • Temporary/pop up shops
  • Studio spaces
  • Laboratories
  • Emergency hospitals
  • Disaster shelters
  • Barriers
  • Construction site storage
  • Garden shed
  • Hay/feed storage barn
  • Inventory storage
  • Job site offices
  • Sports equipment storage
  • Storm bunkers
  • Firework stands

In addition to specialty shipping containers, you can also choose to add on modifications to ensure your unit is designed exactly for your needs. This can include anything from HVAC systems and windows to ventilation systems and much more.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

To learn more about the specialty containers we sell and rent here at Transocean Equipment Management, please contact us today at 910-483-7828. We would be happy to give you a free price quote on the container of your choosing to help you decide on the best product for your needs and budget.

Popular Shipping Ports in South Carolina

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

If you need to ship containers anywhere in South Carolina, chances are they’ll be shipped from one of two ports: the seaport of Charleston or the seaport of Georgetown. Each has its own benefits and handles its own traffic, although Georgetown has been severely declining in use over the years. They’re a little over an hour away from each other, or about 60 miles.

Here we’ll go into some detail on each port and how we can serve your shipping container needs throughout South Carolina.

Port of Charleston

Featuring five public terminals, this port’s facilities cover three municipalities, with capacity to handle containers, rolling stock, non-containerized goods, cargo and motor vehicles, along with all of Charleston’s cruise ship operations. All terminals are operated and owned by the South Carolina Ports Authority (SPCA).

There are other facilities contained within the port that are privately owned and operated, and they handle primarily bulk commodities such as petroleum, coal and steel.

In 2017, the Port of Charleston was ranked eighth in the United States by cargo value, with almost $70 billion in imports and exports traded across all docks. It hosts shipping services by more than 13 of the world’s top container carriers. In 2018, the Port of Charleston handled 2.2 million 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) and set a record for container volume.

The SPCA announced plans to invest $1.3 billion in new and existing facilities over the next decade, including a new container terminal in North Charleston on the former Navy Base, improvements to existing facilities, and technology upgrades, as well as two inland ports. Did you know the Port of Charleston has the deepest water in the southeast region? It handles post-Panamax vessels that pass through the newly-expanded Panama Canal. Currently, a harbor deepening project is going on to increase the entrance channel to 54 feet and harbor channel to 52 feet at low tide, and 60 feet and 58 feet at high tide.

Port of Georgetown

Located 60 miles north of Charleston, the Port of Georgetown is the state’s dedicated breakbulk and bulk cargo port. It features an expanded berth, plenty of open and covered storage, and specialty cargo handling facilities. Top commodities for this port include steel, cement, aggregates, and forest products. It sits along the Sampit River adjacent to the Georgetown Steel Mill.

The Port of Georgetown is not nearly as popular or as used as the Port of Charleston. In fact, its use has been declining in recent years and reuse plans are underway for the future.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

To learn more about our shipping containers and our South Carolina location, contact us in our South Carolina office at 864-445-8417, located at 898 Greenwood Hwy in Saluda, SC. You can also email us at


7 Things to Know Before Buying a Storage Container in South Carolina

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

If you’re in the market for a new or used shipping container in South Carolina, it’s important to arm yourself with the knowledge necessary to make a wise decision. Here are seven things to know before taking the leap.

1.  Find an Experienced Company

This is one of the most important considerations. Do your research to locate the most reliable, diversified, and experienced company in the shipping container sales business. Some things to look for include:

  • Professionalism
  • Focus on customer service
  • Growth and innovation within the industry
  • Years of experience
  • Solid reviews

2.  Find a Variety of Container Options

Another important consideration is to find a company that offers a wide spectrum of options in terms of new and used models, as well as sizes. For example, Transocean Equipment Management offers many sizes and configurations for your needs.


  • 20’ standard
  • 40’ hard top
  • 40’ high cube
  • 10′, 16′, 20′, 24′, 40′ and 45′ lengths
  • Double doors on one end vs. both ends of the containers


  • 20’ insulated
  • 20’ standard WWT
  • 40’ standard A grade
  • 40’ standard WWT

3.  Look for a Local Company with Wide Reach

On one hand, you want assurances of top-notch customer service and personalized attention from a local company with local knowledge of the area’s requirements. On the other, you want one that has national and global reach to meet all your needs, backed by all the latest industry knowledge.

Transocean services all of South Carolina, as well as North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia.

4.  Look for Diverse Services

In addition to shipping containers for sale, look for a company that offers other related services to round out its offerings, such as storage, modifications, specialized units and delivery. You’ll also want to ensure the company you choose makes it easy to purchase or rent a shipping container, such as with free quotes and 24/7 email and phone.

5.  Choose a Company That Focuses on Reliability

Investing a lot of money in a product only to have a poor experience with a company that doesn’t put customer service first can be very frustrating. You want your needs to be met, yes, but you also want to have a smooth, enjoyable experience that ensures continued reliance on professionalism.

That’s why you should partner with a reliable company when buying shipping containers of any kind. Above all, you should feel comfortable and at ease with the company you ultimately choose.

Contact Transocean Equipment Management

To learn more about our pricing and to experience the highest levels of customer service around, please contact Benjamin Williams in our South Carolina office at 843-513-4312 or email at


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