Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Shipping Container and how is it constructed?

Shipping Containers also known as ISO Freight Containers are constructed of corten steel and were specifically designed for Marine transportation. They are not only extremely secure but durable under intense weather conditions at sea. They have corrugated steel doors and floors, with a rigid steel framework. The 27mm thick treated timber floors are mounted on steel cross members. The double doors on the end have four full height locking bars fitted with lockable handles. It is recommended that a cowl/lock box is welded to the doors to further secure the container for storage.

What different sizes and weights do Shipping Containers come in?

The empty tare weight of our containers are as follows: Shipping Container

8 foot Shipping Container: 950kg or 1.0472ton
10 foot Shipping Container: 1300kg or1.433ton
20 foot Shipping Container: 2200kg or 2.25ton
40 foot Shipping Container: 3950kg or 4 ton

Is planning permission required?

As Shipping Containers are considered non permanent units, they do not normally require planning permission however, it is always best to check with your local authorities depending on where the Container is to be placed.

Does the ground need to be prepared before my Shipping Container is delivered?

In order for the doors to open freely the ground will need to be level, we recommend that you place sleepers or concrete paving slats where the Container is to be placed. Our fully experienced drivers will help with the positioning and levelling of the Container on delivery.

Is a Shipping Container secure?

Shipping Containers are extremely secure and almost vandal proof. If you are concerned about security we are able to fit a cowl/lock box which acts as a shield over the padlock, making it virtually impossible for bolt croppers to get underneath. We can also provide hardened steel padlocks that fit securely within the cowl. Please see our accessories page for details.

Do Shipping Containers cause condensation?

Shipping Containers are not generally the culprit of condensation, it can be the contents of the Container that holds the moisture and thus produces condensation. The majority of our containers have vents which do help to combat this but if you are particularly worried about delicate goods it’s a good idea to open the doors occasionally to allow the air to circulate. We do offer alternative solutions like moisture traps. These are designed for around the world trips of 90 days and have a collection capacity for up to 2 litres of moisture.

Will my Shipping Container be difficult to maintain?

Shipping containers need very little maintenance as they are so hard wearing. It is a good idea to Grease the locking rods and hinges regularly to ensure that the doors remain in good working order and for ease of use.

How will my Shipping Container be delivered on site?

The Shipping Container will be delivered on a vehicle that is fitted with it’s own crane, this is called a Hi-Ab. As the container is delivered off the side of the vehicle, we will require around 20’ width to allow for the offload. You must also ensure that there are no overhanging trees or cables. We will require a hard core access to the delivery site due to the weight of the vehicle. The height of the lorry will be approximately 15’ with the Container loaded and you will need to allow an arctic lorry that is a maximum of 60’ long by 8’6″ wide plus some allowance for the wing mirrors. Shipping Containers can be delivered almost anywhere, if you have any concerns regarding delivery we are happy to discuss them with you, as our experienced drivers have many methods and options for difficult deliveries on awkward sites.