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Could I Relocate My Unit to the Coast?

  • Care & Maintenance
23rd November 2020

One of the numerous benefits of using a portable space is the fact that it can be moved around. In fact, they 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 vessels, 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, they 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

Regardless of whether you are going to use it for storage or are looking to purchase one to use as 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 keep in mind that your finished product cannot normally be moved whilst it is full.

The Positioning of your Shipping Container

All of our products can be extremely heavy – especially when they are full of contents. It is therefore important that you prepare the resting area properly and safely to avoid dangerous situations that could cause damage.

As an example, some of the most common single units are available in 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft lengths. 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 unit(s) with a solid concrete base or equivalent (such as railways sleepers).

You should also consider the fact that the outer material is steel, meaning it will conduct heat well. Therefore, a location somewhere that is out of direct sunlight, wind, and shelter is a good idea. It also means that your shipping container can be better protected if it is away from water (and therefore away from the potential for corrosion).

Relocating your Shipping Container

The beauty of having a modular space 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 box to the coast, it is important to remember that you will have a higher risk of corrosion on your unit. The salt and moisture in the air are prime for rusting, so it is even more important that you look after any metal.

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 unit 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.

As portability is the key feature of any unit 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.

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