Part of what makes shipping containers so versatile is the ease with which they can be transported. Easily mobile, containers allow you to easily move your cargo via a number of different transport methods, to quickly move a pop-up restaurant from site to site, or even to relocate your office with little hassle.
In fact, shipping containers are actually designed to be easily movable. Their sizes and shape are conducive to frequent transport. They’re also secure, robust and built to withstand the rough seas and other less favourable weather conditions. As a result, shipping containers tend to be heavy, weighing roughly 2.5T.
Bear in mind that this weight doesn’t compromise containers’ mobility though: some of the smaller shipping containers can be moved using a forklift truck – and, in fact, often have fork pockets.
Moving a Storage Container
Storage containers are usually moved using a crane which is on the side of the truck. Note that this is how they are delivered, but if there are obstacles in the way of where you want your container placed, a specialised lifting crane might be necessary.
The easiest way to move a storage container is with a specialised truck that not only holds the crane so that it can easily pick up, move and put down the storage container, but also has special hydraulic legs to keep it stable. If you are thinking about moving your storage container, we recommend you get trained experts to move it for you to ensure that it is done correctly and that there is no damage.
There are also some other considerations to make before installing, moving or buying your shipping container, including:
- Ensuring that you have access to the site from the main road, with no width or height restrictions
- Ensuring that there is enough space on site for the truck and the shipping container
- Ensuring that there are no overhead cables or overhanging branches below 25ft high
- Ensuring that there are minimal obstacles such as walls and hedges where the shipping container is to be off-loaded – if there are, you should discuss this first with those who are delivering or moving it.
It is also vital that the piece of ground you intend to place your shipping container on is flat and sturdy. A shipping container bears the load on its four corners, requiring the ground to be flat to ensure that the container is flat and that windows and doors open and shut properly.
The ground must also be solid so that it can take the weight of the shipping container. The ground should be made from concrete, a firm stone surface, concrete paving slabs, or railway sleepers.
While shipping containers are designed to be moved, the very fact that they are solid, robust and structurally sturdy means that moving them requires the correct equipment and that you bear the above precautions and considerations in mind. It is also this combination of practicality, resilience and transportability that makes them extremely useful if you are looking to ship cargo or create a semi-permanent space.