Because shipping containers must withstand the harsh open ocean and years of back-and-forth transport, they are built with sturdy components.
When leasing or purchasing a shipping container, you want to know that your expensive equipment or office possessions will be safe from the elements — and steel shipping containers eliminate those worries.
Let’s look at the materials used in shipping containers.
The Strength of Steel
The corrugated wall panels, frame, cross members, and cargo doors are made using Corten Steel, sometimes known as weathering steel. This product is used in shipping-container manufacturing because it is rust-resistant.
Corten steel is weather-resistant steel that could more accurately be termed as an “Atmospheric Corrosion Resistant Steel”. It is a copper chromium alloy steel – this alloy displays a greater level of resistance to atmospheric weathering when compared to other unalloyed steels.
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Components of a Shipping Container
Almost all shipping containers have the following features:
Corner castings are the reinforced corner posts of a shipping container. Corner castings have openings for “twist-lock” connections that allow them to connect to other containers or anchor points. They also are strong enough for crane rigging, even when fully loaded with cargo.
The beams or joists that make up the bottom of a shipping container are called cross members; they support the floor of the container. The extra space that the cross members create between the flooring and the ground helps prevent moisture from damaging the bottom of the container.
Cross members allow shipping containers to often be placed without a foundation. The cross members of the floor frame lift the container’s structure from the ground and help mitigate damage caused by the elements.
Standard shipping containers come with two openings, called forklift pockets, that are situated along the bottom edge. These reinforced slots allow a container to be hoisted by a forklift.
Note: Some container modifications add weight to the structure, and raising by forklift may be inadvisable, especially with larger, 40-foot containers.
The cargo doors of a shipping container are made of steel and are found at one end of the container, though there are some with doors at both ends.
Easy-locking cargo doors are designed to prevent theft and protect the goods within from inclement weather on long voyages across the ocean.
Marine-Grade Plywood Flooring
Most shipping containers are equipped with marine-grade plywood flooring. Typically, the flooring is infused with a small amount of insecticide to prevent a bug infestation.
Note: These insecticides are not aerosolized, so they only are a risk for insects, not the people who may encounter the flooring.
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Reliable Storage Solutions
As you can see, shipping containers’ relatively simple construction makes them the ideal base for modifications to create living spaces, ground-level offices, and job site storage. They also are easy to install and can be modified to include lighting, doors, windows, climate control, and more!
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