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seaworthy shipping containersAlthough shipping containers are increasingly being used for other purposes such as construction and on-site storage, their primary function still remains, and will continue to be, transportation of cargo. Cargo containers have transformed the way our goods are transported especially when it comes to transportation by sea. 
Shipping containers have become very popular in the shipping industry because of the following reasons:

  1. Standardisation. Cargo containers are manufactured to specific international standards set by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). What this means is that these “steel boxes”, no matter the point of origin or manufacturer will have similar characteristics and can be handled with similar equipment. This makes movement from one port to another and from one mode of transport to another, seamless and very efficient.
  2. Flexibility. Shipping containers can be used to carry a multitude of items from manufactured goods to liquids to refrigerated (perishable) goods. All these without necessitating the use of different handling equipment at the port of origin or at the port of delivery.
  3. Reduced costs. Thanks to standardisation, economies of scale can be enjoyed at terminals and modes with the benefits being passed on to the shippers.
  4. Velocity. Because shipping containers eliminate the need to load and unload small packages by consolidating them into one large unit, loading and unloading times are dramatically reduced. With port turnaround times reduced from 3 weeks to about 24 hours, containerisation makes containerships significantly faster than freighter ships.
  5. Warehousing. The container, due to its robust build and resistance to the elements, becomes a warehouse itself. This means that the items inside can be put in simpler and less expensive packaging without compromising their quality. Cargo can also stay safely inside the container for extended periods negating the need to rent a warehouse.
  6. Security. The contents of the cargo container are unknown to the carriers. This coupled with the shipping containers robust build significantly reduces the chance of pilferage.
If you are looking to buy a shipping container for transportation by sea, then not every container out there will be suitable for this purpose. If you are buying new, however, the process is a bit simpler as all you need to do is make the intended use clear to the seller and they will provide what you need. For used containers on the other hand, buying a seaworthy one could be a bit tricky. 

Tips for buying a seaworthy used shipping container

Here are some tips to help you buy a container that can adequately transport your cargo by sea:

  1. Look for one that is denoted as “one trip”. This kind of used shipping containers are almost new and used only once which makes them ideal for re-use in shipping.
  2. Used shipping containers labelled as “A-Grades” or “Cargo worthy” can also withstand the extremities of the open sea.
  3. Check how the shipping container looks. If it doesn’t look good, the chances are that it’s not seaworthy.
  4. Get an inspector from the Institute of International Container Lessors to examine the container for seaworthiness.
If you are looking for a seaworthy container to ship your cargo in, then Tiger Containers is your first port of call. We provide both new and used seaworthy shipping containers at competitive prices and can make any modifications you require to make the cargo container more suited for your cargo. Get a free quote, we’ll be happy to help.
 

Although shipping containers are increasingly being used for other purposes such as construction and on-site storage, their primary function still remains, and will continue to be, transportation of cargo. Cargo containers have transformed the way our goods are transported especially when it comes to transportation by sea.

Shipping containers have become very popular in the shipping industry because of the following reasons:

1.       Standardisation. Cargo containers are manufactured to specific international standards set by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). What this means is that these “steel boxes”, no matter the point of origin or manufacturer will have similar characteristics and can be handled with similar equipment. This makes movement from one port to another and from one mode of transport to another, seamless and very efficient.

2.       Flexibility. Shipping containers can be used to carry a multitude of items from manufactured goods to liquids to refrigerated (perishable) goods. All these without necessitating the use of different handling equipment at the port of origin or at the port of delivery.

3.       Reduced costs. Thanks to standardisation, economies of scale can be enjoyed at terminals and modes with the benefits being passed on to the shippers.

4.       Velocity. Because shipping containers eliminate the need to load and unload small packages by consolidating them into one large unit, loading and unloading times are dramatically reduced. With port turnaround times reduced from 3 weeks to about 24 hours, containerisation makes containerships significantly faster than freighter ships.

5.       Warehousing. The container, due to its robust build and resistance to the elements, becomes a warehouse itself. This means that the items inside can be put in simpler and less expensive packaging without compromising their quality. Cargo can also stay safely inside the container for extended periods negating the need to rent a warehouse.

6.       Security. The contents of the cargo container are unknown to the carriers. This coupled with the shipping containers robust build significantly reduces the chance of pilferage.

If you are looking to buy a shipping container for transportation by sea, then not every container out there will be suitable for this purpose. If you are buying new, however, the process is a bit simpler as all you need to do is make the intended use clear to the seller and they will provide what you need. For used containers on the other hand, buying a seaworthy one could be a bit tricky.

Tips for buying a seaworthy used shipping container

Here are some tips to help you buy a container that can adequately transport your cargo by sea:

1.       Look for one that is denoted as “one trip”. This kind of used shipping containers are almost new and used only once which makes them ideal for re-use in shipping.

2.       Used shipping containers labelled as “A-Grades” or “Cargo worthy” can also withstand the extremities of the open sea.

3.       Check how the shipping container looks. If it doesn’t look good, the chances are that it’s not seaworthy.

4.       Get an inspector from the Institute of International Container Lessors to examine the container for seaworthiness.

If you are looking for a seaworthy container to ship your cargo in, then Tiger Containers is your first port of call. We provide both new and used seaworthy shipping containers at competitive prices and can make any modifications you require to make the cargo container more suited for your cargo. Get a free quote, we’ll be happy to help.

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