New shipping containers tend to be available in various shades of blue and green in the UK. However, from time to time, other coloured units such as grey, black, red and white, can enter the UK market, although this is very rare.
Used containers however tend to be a wide range of colours, most commonly, Brown, blue, yellow and red. Both new and used containers can be repainted to any colour, to suit your requirements. 3J Services offer a mobile painting service so that your container (s) can be painted anywhere in the UK. Alternatively, we are able to paint containers before they leave our nationwide depots.
A number of other services are available to decorate your container, we can spray paint, graffiti, wrap, decal or sign write your container, the options are endless and this kind of modification can look extremely effective for a branding or marketing opportunity.
To discuss your needs further, please call us on 01543 373768.
Shipping containers are the perfect way to protect your items from the elements. The raised marine ply floor of shipping containers mean that they will not absorb water from the ground. The all steel construction of a shipping container makes them wholly weather proof, even the vents are designed to ensure that water cannot ingress. Shipping container doors are also surrounded by weather proof seals.
It is important to remember that shipping containers are designed to travel the seas in detrimental weather conditions and withstand high saline environments. Stacked containers on a shipping container vessel or in a container yard are not protected from the elements, anywhere in the world, yet the thousands of goods that they carry around the world arrive with us, undamaged by the weather!
So, how weather proof are shipping containers? VERY!
Shipping containers, like your home, car, or garage, are as secure as you are willing to make them! Like any belongings, we would recommend keeping your container close to a well lit area, if possible with CCTV cameras and high foot traffic.
We would recommend having a security lockbox fitted to your container doors. These often come as standard with new containers but you would need to purchase one, for around £60, with a used container. A lockbox is a steel shroud that is welded around the lug which houses your padlock on your container doors, the box shape covers the whole lug with the exception of the bottom rectangle which is where you would attach your padlock. The shroud is tight to the container making it extremely difficult to access the padlock area with bolt cutters or similar tools.
We recommend that you purchase your padlock from a container dealer. The padlocks utilised in the industry are very secure and insurance rated, they are also specifically made to work with the aforementioned lockboxes.
As standard, shipping containers are manufactured from Corten steel, just a couple of millimetres thick. Therefore, like your garage, if somebody really wanted to access it, they could, utilising a circular saw or similar cutting equipment. However, with a few preventative measures you can reduce the chances of such damage to your container. One measure which we find works particularly well is a number of simple stickers available from most hardware stores located around the container, stating that the container is storing flammable equipment. There truly is a risk of fire when cutting steel, dependent on the goods stored, and this small addition may cause prospective thieves to reconsider accessing your container with this kind of equipment.
Alarms and CCTV packages can be purchased online for shipping containers.
We hope you have found this information useful. Should you have any questions or require any further details, please call us on 01543 373768.
Contrary to popular belief, used shipping containers provide excellent secure, dry storage.
When purchasing a used shipping container, you can expect a sturdy, robust steel structure with no holes. You can expect a fully weather proof ex shipping container with fully working door gear, vents and a marine ply floor.
You can expect 10-15 years life out of your used shipping container as long as it is kept in a suitable environment, well maintained and not utilised to store corrosive materials.
You should not expect your used shipping container to be freshly painted or without dents, rust and markings. It is important to remember that this is a shipping container, it is made from Corten steel which is designed to rust, and, it has been utilised on hundreds of occasions to trans0rt goods by vessel around the world. It has been lifted on and off vessels and vehicles using heavy lifting equipment and carried tonnes upon tonnes of equipment. Not only does this mean that you should expect dents and marks, it also means that you are purchasing a vigorous piece of equipment that you can expect to keep your goods secure and dry for years to come.
This is a question we are regularly asked, and 3J have the perfect solution!
Shipping containers are made out of steel. As a result, when it is hot, they get extremely hot, when it is cold, they get extremely cold! These temperature swings twinned with the fact that storage containers are often full of items, some of which hold water, can cause condensation problems in shipping containers being utilised for storage.
There are a number of simple and easy steps that you can take in order to limit the amount of condensation that your container may suffer with. Ensure that doors are closed and remain closed when it is raining, ensure that items stored are dried off before being put into the container, do not store white goods that retain water (washing machines, dishwashers...) in your shipping container, make sure that vents remain uncovered, do not overfill your shipping containers, and, on mild and warm days, allow your container to breath by keeping the doors open.
However, many of our steel containers are sent to businesses and self store sites, they are used for construction projects with a high volume of people utilising the container. It is common that all of these steps to limit condensation in your container can not be followed at all times.
3J have the solution! We are able to apply a water based product to the roof of your container, either prior to delivery or on your site, called Grafo - Therm. Grafo - Therm prevents the effects of condensation inside your shipping container and is utilised heavily by the self storage industry.
Grafo-Therm delays the point at which dew point occurs thus reducing the window in which condensation can form, any residual condensation that does form within any given period is immediately absorbed by the Grafo-Therm coating, thus limiting condensation in your shipping container.
3J Services can offer a fully mobile anti condensation treatment service for your shipping containers on site, or apply to your container prior to delivery. For more information or for. Quotation call us on 01543 373768.
Shipping containers are available in new, sometimes called ‘once shipped’ condition or as used containers.
New shipping containers have been used on one occasion to transport goods from their place of manufacture, often China, to, in this case, the UK. The containers could have been loaded with a variety of goods, from cars, to ceramics, textiles, toys and an enormous range of everyday items. The containers are loaded in China where they meet a shipping vessel, they are then transported to a variety of ports where they will eventually terminate their journey in the UK, they are offloaded from the vessel and then sent to the customer or manufacturer in the UK who will empty the container of its goods before the container moved on to a container depot in the country to be held by a company like ourselves who own the containers.
As a result of the journey a new container has undertaken, you can expect to see some bangs and scratches on the outside of the container. It is important to remember that shipping containers, before being used to securely store your goods, have effectively been very heavy duty postage and packaging! The insides may have been marked by cargo too. However, generally speaking, we would expect them to be in very good condition and it is very clear that they are new units. Similarly, new units do sometimes enter our depots requiring small repairs, which rest assured will be completed before they are dispatched to you.
The most common colours for new shipping containers in the UK are blues and greens, however, from time to time, we do receive some odd coloured units which may have been painted specifically for the shipping lines.
The benefits of new containers are that they are much more aesthetically pleasing than used ones and in colours that are more likely to blend in. Similarly, we expect them to have very little rust and the paintwork will overall be in good condition. New containers have new door seals and door gear making them much easier to open and close, they are fitted with high security lock boxes as standard (a steel shroud that covers the locking pin used to secure your container), they all have marine ply flooring and multiple small vents inside. Dependent on what you intend to use your new shipping container for, and in what conditions, we would expect a container which has been well maintained in the ideal environment and storing non corrosive materials to last in excess of 25 years.
We recommend new containers for customers whom appearance is important and who need easy access to their unit. We also recommend new containers to customers who are converting their shipping container either themselves or by us.
Used containers are units that have been used on multiple occasions to ship goods around the world. We expect used containers to enter the UK market at roughly 12-18 years old. It is important to note that it is not the age of this equipment that is important but the overall quality.
Used containers vary in colours, they can be, most commonly, blue, brown, yellow, red, green (very rare!). Ironically, Corten steel, from which containers are manufactured, is designed to rust, and so, a container with rust is not a reason to be alarmed and in fact should be expected with used containers.
The manufacture of Used shipping containers is exactly the same as that of new containers. However, due to their age, the door gear, although often loosened at depot prior to dispatch, can sometimes be a little stiffer on used containers than new ones. Regardless of this, the containers remain weather proof and of a good, solid construction.
In the right conditions and with maintenance, we expect used containers to remain useful for 10-15 years.
Used shipping containers do not have lock boxes fitted onto them as standard. Therefore, it is recommended that you have a lockbox fitted (usually around £60) should you need your container to remain secure.
We recommend used containers to customers who are working to a budget and to whom appearance is not important. However, it is worth considering a repaint should you want the best of both worlds!
We are happy to discuss your requirements and make recommendations as to whether a new or used shipping container would suit your needs. Please call 01543 373768.
Many of our customers use shipping containers for storage, specifically document storage, archiving, storage of tools and secure storage of smaller items. For these applications, shelving can often be beneficial in your container.
We are able to add shelving to your shipping or storage container prior to delivery. Our container shelving is available in a wide range of specifications to suit your bespoke requirements.
Our budget shelving is ideal for storing smaller items, it is not secured to the container, it is simply built up and delivered with your storage container. Each shelf of our budget shelving can hold up to 275kgs making it perfect for organising small tools and materials, files, paperwork etc...
Prebuilt shelving is then available in a range of options up to a loading capacity of 850kgs per shelf making storage of tools and heavier equipment simple. If you were storing heavier equipment on your shelves, we would usually secure the shelving to the shipping container walls or floor to avoid tipping.
In extreme circumstances, you may require even more loading capacity on your shelves. In this instance, we would fabricate bespoke shelving and have it load tested on your behalf to suit your bespoke container shelving needs.
We would be delighted to assist with any queries, call 3J Services on 01543 373768.
Shipping containers are designed to store heavy items and transport heavy equipment around the world. Therefore, both 20ft and 40ft containers can store extreme weights, especially if they are being used for static storage and do not need to be transported with the weight inside.
20ft containers can store up to 28 tonnes and 40ft containers can store up to 26 tonnes. The floor of shipping and storage containers have steel supports underneath which are overlaid with heavy duty marine ply flooring. As long as any cargo loaded inside the container is evenly distributed across the floor, you will be fine storing heavy equipment.
If you have a single heavy item or several small heavy items which require storage, the floor of the container can be strengthened in the area that will take the stress of the load, this solution is ideal for static storage, but, if you are shipping the container further modifications may be required on the container.
When you are storing heavier items in your shipping containers, it is certainly worth considering upgrading to a tunnel container, these unit types have cargo doors to both 20ft or 40ft end making it easier to load and unload heavier items without needing to empty the whole container.
If you need any advice about container weights or container loading, call 3J Services on 01543 373768. We would be pleased to help.