Shipping Container Rental Near Me

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Shipping container rental continues to grow as a market and a means by which customers utilise shipping containers. If a customer has a short-term or long-term project where shipping containers are required, then containers for hire provide a cost-effective solution.

Shipping containers are available to hire in a variety of sizes and types. From 10ft containers to 20 ft containers and 40ft containers, standard shipping containers to hi-cube containers and refrigerated containers, there are many types of shipping containers for hire.

The cost of renting a shipping container is often less than you think. By renting a container you know that should your circumstances change, and you need the container removed from a site, there is no need to find a buyer for the container. You can call the shipping container company, and they will remove it. Often projects or events can be open-ended in their timeframe. Shipping container rental allows you to be flexible with your shipping container hire and only pay for the time you need the container.

When looking to hire a shipping container many people like to use a local company. This is born out by the statistic that one of the most common search terms on Google for container rental is “Shipping Container Rental Near Me”.

Local shipping container companies are often best placed to provide cost-efficient shipping container hire. They have the containers in stock in depots nearest to the customer and the network of local haulage companies to ensure delivery can be carried out quickly and cheaply.

The Container Hire and Sales Company are ideally placed to provide shipping containers for hire in London, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey and East Anglia.
If you are looking for “Shipping Container Rental Near Me” then why not give us a call – 03452661283.

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Shipping Container Modifications

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Shipping containers are increasingly being adapted and modified to fulfil a wide range of uses. Construction companies, architects and businesses are seeing the benefit of using a shipping container as the basis for houses, shops, portable offices, workshops, changing rooms, canteens, pop-up market stalls and cafes.

Shipping container conversions typically start with a standard shipping container of 10ft, 20ft or 40ft in length. These standard containers can be modified to any length in between to suit the project. Containers can be positioned together and linked to form container tunnels or larger open office and workshop spaces.
Container modifications can vary greatly, from small cosmetic modifications such as re-painting to large-scale shipping container modifications like installing additional doors, plywood lining, installing electrics and plumbing.

The shipping container modification process usually starts with the customer laying out their requirements. The company carrying out the container modification will then put together a sketch or plan of the unit. The customer and company carrying out the changes will then work closely together to see the project through to completion and the customer’s satisfaction.

If you are looking to create your next project out of shipping containers, give us a call to see what we can create – 03452661283

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Non-Standard Container Sizes and Types

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In our last post we talked about standard shipping container dimensions, in this post we will be talking about non-standard container sizes and container types.
Shipping containers are becoming increasingly popular for a whole range of projects and the moving of goods around the UK and the world. The wide range of uses for shipping containers means that over the years different sizes and types of containers have been manufactured to meet this demand.

When extra height is required for over height loads there are Hi-Cube shipping containers. These Hi-Cube containers are manufactured to be 9ft 6in tall. This is a foot taller than the standard shipping container height. Hi-cube containers are built in 10ft, 20ft and 40ft shipping container sizes. When the extra length is required above the 40ft shipping container size, there are 45ft shipping containers built. These 45ft containers offer an extra 5ft in length on the standard 40ft shipping container length. Where extra width is required there are pallet-wide containers manufactured. These pallet-wide containers are built to be wider than the standard shipping container so that two pallets can be loaded width ways across the container. This allows the maximum volume of palletized cargo to be loaded into a container. In most instances, pallet wide containers are combined with the 45ft length of a shipping container.

Other logistics requirements demand different shipping container types outside the standard container types. For cargo that needs to be top loaded, there are open top containers. These containers are built with the roof removed and replaced with a heavy-duty tarpaulin and crossbows to hold it rigid. There is also hard top open top shipping containers built where the roof is replaced with a metal roof that is capable of folding back. Where cargo needs to be loaded from both ends of the container you have double door shipping containers or tunnel containers. These shipping containers are built with double container doors at both ends. This makes loading the container possible from both ends rather than the one end on a standard shipping container.

For cargo that needs to be loaded width ways or loaded into the shipping container from the side, there are side access containers or side loading containers. These side access containers are built with either one set of shipping container doors in the side or the whole side of the container is built to open completely. Often when using shipping containers to move cargo around the UK or globally the cargo can be driven up to or onto the container. This is particularly evident when shipping plant machinery such as diggers and tippers. When this type of cargo is being shipped the containers to use are flat rack shipping containers. These flat rack containers don’t look like containers at all. They have their sides and roof removed, and all that remains is the base an two ends. These two ends are collapsible to allow the plant machinery to be driven up onto the base of the flat rack container. Flat rack containers are built in 20ft and 40ft container lengths. Where cargo that is temperature sensitive is shipped, there are insulated shipping containers. These containers are constructed with a layer of insulation between the outer wall and inner skin. These insulated shipping containers protect the cargo from any harsh temperature conditions they may encounter.

So whatever type or size of cargo that needs to be transported there is a shipping container available to do the job.

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Shipping Container Dimensions

Containerization has its origins in the coal mining industry back in 1766 when coal was loaded into wooden crates in Wales and transported by canal boat to Manchester. The wooden boxes allowed the cargo to be quickly moved from barge to horse and cart for delivery to the customer. That same principle applies today where containers are built to a standard set of measurements allowing them to be quickly loaded onto the vast container ships that transect the globe delivering everything from rubber ducks to luxury cars.

Shipping containers come in a variety of sizes but generally speaking they all conform to the same set of standard measurements. This is vital to ensure they fit into the cells of a container ship and ensures that the deck space on these ships is maximised.

Shipping containers come in three primary sizes; 10ft containers, 20ft containers and 40ft containers. The description of the size is related to the shipping container length. The shipping container height and shipping container width remains constant across the different shipping container lengths. If we take each standard size, you can see how broadly speaking the measurements vary very little.

As it implies, a 10ft shipping container is 10 feet in length. The 10-foot shipping container width is 8ft, and the shipping container height is 8 feet 6 inches. 10ft shipping containers are traditionally not as widely used as their big brothers the 20ft shipping container and 40ft shipping container. Increasingly though they are being viewed as a great alternative to garden sheds, lock up garages and bike sheds. The 10ft container benefits from all the same build quality as a larger shipping container but with the bonus of being able to fit into the constricted space within built-up urban areas. Due to the 10ft shipping container not being the favoured size of the shipping lines that move containers around the world, they are often shipped from manufacturer to market without cargo inside. This means the cost of shipping is passed onto the end user of the 10ft shipping container rather than being paid by the owner of the cargo. This increase of the expenses makes the 10ft shipping container, pound for pound, more expensive than the larger 20ft shipping container and 40ft shipping container.

The 20ft shipping container is one of the two most common sizes of a shipping container to be used globally, the other being the 40ft shipping container. As with all other shipping containers the name comes from the shipping container length which is 20 feet. Also, in line with the standardisation of the shipping industry, the 20ft shipping container height is 8ft 6in, and the shipping container width is 8 feet. 20ft shipping containers are extremely popular as they provide an ideal size for shipping the vast variety of cargo they have been designed for. It was recently estimated that there are upwards of 43 million shipping containers in existence around the world. Of this number, the 20ft shipping container makes up a significant amount.

The 40ft shipping container along with the 20ft shipping container makes up the vast majority of the world’s population of steel shipping containers. Keeping with the theme of shipping container terminology the 40ft shipping container measure 40 feet in length. The 40ft shipping container width is 8 feet, and the 40ft shipping container height is 8ft 6in. Because if it’s size, the 40ft shipping container is well suited to transporting and storing large cargo items or lots and lots of individual smaller items.

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