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Are you Seeking Reliable Shipping Container Information? If you are looking for shipping container information then you must be interested in purchasing or renting one. Tiger Containers rent, modify and sell shipping containers and has been doing this for more than thirty years.

We are a market leader in providing shipping containers for rent or for sale or that have been fully modified. Tiger Containers keeps a supply of containers stock in stock and also supplies a large range of both new and used general steel shipping containers.

Tiger Containers has been in business for more than 30 years and has a dedicated customer service team that is knowledgeable and helpful. The team is ready to provide you with the most economical solution for your particular situation. You can relax knowing that you are dealing with a professional company that has been securing and customising quality shipping containers for people just like you for decades.

We understand that Shipping Container Information needs to be reliable and you will benefit from our years of experience when you talk with our team.

The expert staff at Tiger Containers will modify your shipping container to your exact specifications and requirements. We will handle the lighting, flooring, electricity, doors and any air conditioning installation and can handle any request or issue that you have when it comes to shipping containers.

All of the modifications that are made to our shipping containers meet Australian Standards.

What sizes are available?

Tiger Containers keeps a wide range of sizes of containers available in stock so that anyone who needs a container can easily source one. The sizes start at 10 feet (3 m) and go right up to 40 feet (12 m). There are also plenty of customised containers which range in size starting at 5 feet and going right up to 40 feet.

Shipping Container Information – Specialised Containers

Refrigerated containers are used for shipping goods that are perishable and need to be kept cold. They can also be used as a large walk in cool room for a large event or a function with a completely adjustable temperature control. These containers are easy to transport which makes them a good choice for migratory markets. You can ask for your refrigerated container to be tailored to your exact needs because Tiger Containers has a great deal of experience in giving their customers exactly what they need.

Customers have phoned Tiger Containers in the past and have been able to secure a container that has been pre-modified. These containers are ready for delivery and are extremely versatile. These containers are sent out immediately, clean and ready to use. Whatever you need, Tiger Containers is ready to provide it. Best of all, these containers have a three month warranty so that if anything goes wrong, Tiger Containers will deal with it.

Shipping Container Information – What is in stock?

Tiger Containers carries both new and used shipping containers and always has a variety of sizes and types on-site. If there is something you need, you just need to call us on 1800 072 039. The staff at Tiger is always ready to hear your ideas and help you to make those ideas a reality.

Need a Modification? Modification of Shipping Containers Information:

At Tiger Containers, you will find a variety of excellent specialists who are knowledgeable in the modification of shipping containers.

Need Storage?

You can obtain your own storage container and have it moved to your location or you can use your container on our property. The facility located at Tiger Containers is gated, locked and has 24/7 security cameras. It is completely up to you if you need the container delivered or if you prefer to keep it in our secure facility.

Need Accommodation?

Tiger Containers has many solutions for converting an everyday shipping container into a type of accommodation. You may want a holiday home or an addition for your existing home. You may want to have a new home but are on a tight budget. It does not matter what your reasons are, Tiger Containers can provide whatever you want. We will create a custom home from a shipping container that meets your exact needs. If you want a full home then we can provide that too and will ensure that every comfort is included such as electricity, windows, lighting, doorways, flooring and temperature control. This is one way to get a custom home that suits your needs without the massive price tag.

Shipping Container Information – Ablution Units

These units are generally intended for a high volume of use and should be safe, with a great deal of consideration put into hygienic planning. Tiger Containers understands the need for this type of unit and how much of the time it is required on an emergency basis. These units are popular at large events, for sporting clubs and for construction sites where toilets and bathrooms are needed immediately. Tiger Containers has been providing these units for many years.

If you have been searching high and low for shipping container information, then look no further than Tiger Containers.

We have always put our customers first and will continue to do so for as long as we are in business. You can expect to have a shipping container modified to meet your needs. We also understand the urgency that many customers have in receiving their shipping container.

Immediate delivery is always an option, you simply need to ask. If you need to rent, purchase or modify a shipping container, contact Tiger Containers today to get what you need.

Seaworthy Containers? Tiger Is Your First Port of Call

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.

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.

Everything You Need To Know About Shipping Containers

Are you looking for reliable shipping container information? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Tiger Containers has been selling and modifying shipping containers for the last three decades, which makes us somewhat an authority in the industry.

In this post, we will take you through a crash course on everything you need to know about shipping containers to help you out when making your purchase. As they say, knowledge is power; and we’ll share our 30 years’ worth with you.

Let’s start from the beginning: where do shipping containers come from?

The Beginning – where did shipping containers come from?

History of Shipping Containers

Before 1956, goods used to be loaded onto ships and offloaded directly one piece at a time, which was very slow. One man, Malcom Maclean, noticed this problem and solved it by inventing the shipping container. A few improvements have been made since then to create the present day ISO container.

At the moment, about 90% of global trade is carried by sea with shipping containers playing a major part. It’s estimated that at any one time there are about six million containers being transported around the world on ships, trucks, and train. Most of these originate from China – where most of the world’s goods (and the containers themselves) are manufactured.

Of these, only a small fraction will be transported back to their port of origin for re-use due to high relocation costs which leads to the “abandonment” of shipping containers in their places of delivery. This phenomenon has made shipping containers abundantly available at low costs virtually everywhere in the world.

What types of shipping containers are there?

There are several variations of the shipping container available, each is designed to suit a particular type of cargo. They include:

1.       General purpose container. This is the most common type of cargo container in the world. It’s used for transporting and storing dry cargo. A slightly taller variation of this is called a high-cube.

2.       Temperature controlled containers. These are either refrigerated, insulated or heated and are used to transport perishable goods.

3.       Open-top containers/open-side. These resemble the general purpose container but have removable canvas tops or side walls. They are used for transporting oversized goods and goods that require ventilation respectively.

4.       Flat rack containers. These are flat racks with collapsible walls used for transporting out-of-gauge cargo.

What are the shipping container sizes?

Internationally, two common sea container sizes are popular: the 20ft container and the 40ft container. Tiger Containers stocks these sizes and can also provide custom-sized containers ranging anywhere between 5ft and 40ft.

What are the cargo container uses and modifications?

Because of the sea containers availability, affordability, durability and versatility; this modular structure is being used for numerous purposes outside of shipping. Here are some uses and popular modifications.

1. Storage.

This is probably the oldest way of using shipping containers other than shipping. A container, with very few modifications, can be converted into a store for different kinds of goods. They can be used for on-site storage, to complement existing storage facilities or as a temporary storage solution.

In addition to selling shipping containers modified for secure storage, Tiger Containers also provides a secure facility with 24/7 camera surveillance where you can keep the container.

Side note: Preventing condensation in shipping containers

Although shipping containers are ideal for storing goods, damage can occur as a result of moisture build up and condensation. Take the following precautions to ensure your stored items remain moisture free:

–          Ensure the container is dry before you load it.

–          Use plastic pallets instead of timber ones as they contain zero moisture.

–          Use desiccants to absorb extra moisture.

–          Have dehumidifiers and air conditioning installed.

–          Install vents on the cargo container to allow air circulation.

For perishable goods, Tiger Containers also supplies refrigerated cargo containers. This storage facility can be used as a large cool room for functions and large events and enables the user to adjust the temperature as desired.

Because cargo containers are easy to transport, they provide the ideal storage solution for migratory use where a lot of movement takes place.

2. Accommodation

Whether you want a complete home, a holiday home or an addition to your existing home, sea containers provide an affordable yet durable alternative. Tiger Containers will provide quality cargo containers for your project and make all the necessary modifications for a living space that meets your specific needs.

We’ll install everything you require for comfort such as air conditioning, windows, doorways, electricity wiring, flooring, plumbing and any other amenity you require. Cargo containers give you a way to build a comfortable custom house at an affordable price.


3. Ablution units

Sea containers can be modified into safe, hygienic ablution blocks ideal for high volume use such as at large events, construction sites and sporting clubs where toilets and bathrooms are required urgently. Tiger has been providing these types of units for years and will conduct all modifications including plumbing.

4. Kitchens

If you’re looking for a temporary kitchen for a company function or for temporary use as your home’s kitchen gets repaired, shipping containers provide a practical and hygienic solution. A full sized heavy or light duty kitchen can be fitted into a container with all the amenities you have come to expect from your traditional kitchen.

Some of the other modifications that we do for shipping containers include shipping container swimming pools, container offices, shipping container farms, dangerous goods containers and so much more.

Tiger Container’s pro buying tips

Buy or Hire Shipping Containers

We know how difficult buying a shipping container can be, so here are a few tips to help you out. When buying a shipping container, always check to see that the container is:

1.       Wind-water-tight.

2.       Free of major dents that could affect its integrity.

3.       Rust free.

4.       Has no odour

5.       And has doors that close and open properly.

At Tiger Containers, we conduct all the necessary inspections for you to ensure that you get a high-quality container. We also provide a 3-month warranty to help you rest easy.

With more than 30 years in the Cargo container business, Tiger Containers has the experience to cater for all your container needs. Whether you need to rent, buy or modify a sea container, we will get you what you need, fast. Talk to us to get expert advice, we are happy to help.

Shipping Container Stats

We thought we’d compile some interesting stats on shipping containers for you.

Currently, there are about 17 million shipping containers worldwide with five or six million of them being shipped around the world on ships, trains and trucks. The amount of trips combined is about 200 million per year.

About 10,000 shipping containers are lost at sea on average every year. Of the millions of containers that are shipped, some will fall overboard and sink to the ocean floor, never to be seen again. Some of those containers become a habitat for ocean life, and while some are eventually recovered, most are not. (Source: http://www.billiebox.co.uk/facts-about-shipping-containers)

Freight ships sometimes lose shipping containers in bad weather at sea. The Svendborg Maersk lost 520 containers off northern France after enduring 30 foot waves and 60 knot winds. This is one of the biggest recorded losses of containers ever recorded. Apparently 85% of the lost containers were empty and some contained dry goods like frozen meat, but none contained dangerous goods. (Source: http://singularityhub.com/2011/04/05/10000-shipping-containers-lost-at-sea-each-year-heres-a-look-at-one-2)

When shipping containers are lost at sea they float for a short time and then sink. Some 20 foot refrigerated containers can float for up to two months because their insulation makes them buoyant. A 40 foot container can float three times as long as that. Floating containers can pose a danger to the environment and can cause pollution. In 1992 a container off the coast of Alaska broke apparent and released 29,000 plastic frogs and ducks that have been washing up on the shores of Japan and Scotland ever since. A shipping container insurer states that about 2,000 containers are lost at sea each year, but some industry sources say that number could be as high as 10,000. That number represents less than 1% of containers that are shipped across the oceans of the world. (Source: http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/21/world/container-ship-loses-containers)

Every shipping container that is used commercially has a serial number which is comprised of a 4 letter prefix which usually ends with a U and seven numbers – [XXX-U-123456-1]. The first three letters are the name of the container’s owner, the letter “U” signifies a freight container, the next six digits are a serial number and then there is a check digit. (Source: http://www.billiebox.co.uk/facts-about-shipping-containers)

Container port traffic is measured in TEUs which are “20 foot equivalent units). By June 2013, the total TEUs in the Port of Sydney were 172,600. (Source: http://www.sydneyports.com.au/trade_services/)

The contents of a three bedroom home can fit into a 20 foot container. (Source: http://www.johnmason.com/moving-services/international-shipping-services/toaustralia/)

90 percent of the world’s trade is carried by sea. Shipping containers are part of an efficient system that transports goods around the world in a format that allows the containers to be lifted over the side of a ship and placed onto large decks designed to hold thousands of containers all in one single area. (Source: http://www.imo.org/KnowledgeCentre/ShipsAndShippingFactsAndFigures/TheRoleandImportanceofInternationalShipping/Documents/International%20Shipping%20-%20Facts%20and%20Figures.pdf)

Used shipping containers are utilised for many purposes including storage on site, construction site offices, cottages on recreational properties and homes. For those who want to build homes with containers, doors and windows can be pre-cut in the existing container so that the completed container can just be dropped into place by crane. It can take several containers placed together to create a single home, but the overall cost is much cheaper than the creation of a house built using traditional building materials. Several containers can be placed next to one another or stacked to create a home as large or as small as the home owner desires.(Source: www.tigercontainers.com )

Building A Foundation For Your Shipping Container Home

Similar to conventional houses, shipping container homes also require a firm foundation on which to be built upon. The type of foundation used for cargo container homes varies depending on the structural requirements, local building conventions and the type of soil.

If you are looking to build a shipping container home, you’ll need to select the right type of foundation for the local environment as well as your budget.

Since this is the first step in building your home, a wrong decision at this point could be devastating and could even bring the entire project to a halt. In fact, the foundation is where most people building shipping container homes go wrong.

(Source: http://www.containerhomeplans.org/2015/08/mistakes-to-avoid-building-a-shipping-container-home/)

The type of foundation to use for a shipping container house

There’re two main factors to be considered when designing the foundation for your container home: structural requirements and the type of soil with the budget playing a somewhat important role.

Structurally, you will need to build a foundation that can handle the expected weight of your house. Here you will also need to put the soil type of the building site into consideration. We recommend consulting a professional so as to get your location evaluated by a person with the necessary skill and expertise.

Generally, houses that are built on loose or soft soil need deeper foundations for firm anchorage while those build on firm or hard soils require minimal foundations as the ground can handle the weight safely. Sometimes, if the budget allows it, builders will choose to go for an “over-spec” foundation for peace of mind or as a design preference.

Types of foundations for cargo container homes

To help you out with this crucial step in container home building, we’ll take a look at the various kinds of foundations you can use for the different kind of situations.

1.    Concrete piers. This is one of the simplest and cheapest types of foundations you could use. Concrete piers are built using concrete reinforced with steel bars or steel wires. Although this is the most DIY- friendly form of foundation, the soil type must be firm enough to support this simplistic foundation.

Usually, six piers are placed; one for each corner of the container and two for the middle part. More may be used if deemed appropriate. This type of foundation prevents the formation of condensation beneath the container (which would encourage rusting) by providing adequate ventilation for the containers underbelly.

(Image Source: http://www.containerhomeplans.org/2015/09/shipping-container-home-foundation-types/)

2.    The Slab on grade foundation. Also known as a raft, this kind of foundation is more expensive and time consuming to construct. It is, however, the ideal kind of foundation for soils of medium to soft hardness. It’s especially popular where the climate is warmer and freezing is not a concern as it can cause a significant loss in heat where ground temperatures drop significantly lower than those inside the house. Make sure to plan appropriately for utility lines before you start.

(Image source: http://www.ecohome.net/guide/slab-grade-technical-guide)

3.    Pile foundations. This kind of foundation is used for especially soft soils that cannot support the concrete slab foundation. They are the most expensive to construct. They resemble concrete piers from above ground but will usually go deeper into the soil and have a larger base at the bottom. These are a bit complex to build and will require a qualified contractor to install.

(Image source: http://www.containerhomeplans.org/2015/09/shipping-container-home-foundation-types/)

A firm foundation ensures that your shipping container home has a long, stress-free lifespan, so it’s very important that you choose the most appropriate one.

Shipping Container Condensation. How to prevent it.

Millions of tonnes of goods are stored and transported in shipping containers. Out of these, massive amounts end up damaged or spoilt as a result of moisture build-up and condensation in shipping containers that causes “rain” or “sweating”.
Condensation in a shipping container occurs when its walls are cooled to temperatures below the dew point of the air inside the container. Since a shipping container is a metal box, it keeps changing internal temperatures relative to the weather outside and time of day. It is these changes in container temperature that cause moisture inside the container or its contents to collect and condense on the cool walls and roof causing damage to the goods stored inside as well as the container’s interior.

Moisture can come from a number of sources inside the shipping container such as cardboard, paper, mattresses, books and wood.

Moisture could come from the cargo’s packaging materials or the cargo itself.

How do you prevent shipping container condensation?


Before you put the goods inside the shipping container, you should ensure that the container is dry. Inspect the container’s interior and wipe dry all the excess moisture on the floor and walls. To reduce condensation further, you should use:

1.       The right pallets. The moisture content of pallets may seem inconsequential, but in reality, could contribute significantly to condensation levels. Since the pallet industry uses a just-in-time supply approach, pallets are usually constructed moments before delivery to avoid keeping inventory. The lumber used is usually fresh and laden with moisture content that could be anywhere between 35-60%. Heat treatment only adds to the problem as it brings moisture closer to the surface.

To avoid moisture from pallets, plastic pallets that cannot hold moisture should be used for goods shipped by container. If wood pallets are to be used, make sure that their moisture content is low by allowing them to dry first.

2.       Desiccants to absorb moisture inside the container. Desiccants maintain a state of dryness in enclosed spaces by absorbing moisture from the air. Common desiccants include calcium sulphate, silica, calcium chloride and charcoal. When excess moisture is absorbed from the air, the dew point – the temperature at which moisture turns into liquid – is reduced. This, in turn, reduces condensation.

Desiccants come in different forms. They could be in the form of poles installed on walls, bags placed on the floor or special paint applied to the interior roof and walls.

(Source: http://www.litco.com/news/desiccant/how-to-prevent-excessive-cargo-container-condensation-and-product-damage-with-desiccants.htm)

3.       Air Conditioning and dehumidifiers. This option is ideal for containers being used for long-term storage which have access to power. These devices work continuously to ensure that the moisture content inside the container remains at pre-set levels.

4.       Insulation. This helps keep the internal temperatures of the shipping container relatively stable and warmer than the dew point and thus reducing condensation. It also creates a barrier between the container walls and the air inside whose temperature drop faster causing moisture to condense on them.

5.       Vents. Ventilation prevents condensation by equalising the exterior and interior air temperature. Warm, moist air goes out and is replaced by air with the same ambient temperature as outside. This solution might however not the best for moist or humid climates as it will bring in the moist air causing an increase in moisture content.

(Image: http://a-aamerican.com/blog/index.php/can-ventilation-be-installed-in-my-storage-container/)

At Tiger Containers, we’ll help you make modifications to your shipping container to ensure that your goods remain safe from moisture during the storage or transit period. Contact Us today to find out more.

 

 

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