One of the numerous benefits of using a shipping container is the fact that it can be moved around. In fact, shipping containers were designed and built in the first place to be moved around.
Although we now see hundreds if not thousands of different uses for new and used shipping containers, they were originally used for the transportation of goods, products, and parts around the world. They were built to be sturdy, robust, and secure, protecting their cargo and easy to move between different modes of transport without the need to unpack and repack again.
Nowadays, shipping containers are being used for so much more than transportation. Storage is a major use, as well as converting them into anything from a modular classroom to a bespoke pop-up café or bar.
Location and Relocation of Shipping Containers
Regardless of whether you are going to use it for storage or are looking to buy a shipping container to use it as a construction material and convert it into a building, an appealing factor is that it can be moved.
It is important, however, that it is positioned in the right place, and your shipping container cannot normally be moved whilst it is full.
The Positioning of your Shipping Container
Shipping containers can be extremely heavy – especially when they are full of contents. It is therefore important that you prepare the area where your shipping container is to be positioned properly and safely.
As an example, some of the most common single shipping containers are 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft in length. These, when they are empty will weigh 1.5 tons, 2.5 tons, and 4 tons respectively.
It is, therefore, necessary that you prepare the area where you place your shipping container(s) with a solid concrete base or equivalent (such as railways sleepers).
You should also consider the fact that your shipping container is made from steel, meaning that it conducts heat well. Therefore, placing it somewhere out of direct sunlight, wind, and shelter is a good idea. It also means that your shipping container can be better protected from water (and therefore the potential for corrosion).
Relocating your Shipping Container
The beauty of having a shipping container is that it can be relocated as long as you have a new suitable place to put it. There are companies who can transport it for you to the next location, but as already stated, it is better if the container is empty. If, however, you are unable to empty it, get in touch and we may be able to help you.
If you are considering having or relocating your shipping container to the coast, it is important to remember that you will have a higher risk of corrosion on your container. The salt and moisture in the air are prime for rusting, so it is even more important that you look after the metal that makes up your container.
This means regularly checking and repairing any damage (internally and externally) and using anti-corrosion paint to help to protect it. You should also do what you can to protect your shipping container from water standing on it and keep it as clean as you can. Moisture traps and drying crystals can also be used to help to reduce condensation on the inside of your shipping container.
Shipping containers are designed to be moved around and there is no reason why you cannot move yours when you wish to. It is important, however, that you follow these guidelines to ensure that it can be relocated safely, securely, and protected to ensure that it lasts for a long time.