The size of the container delivery vehicles can be up to 65ft long, 10ft wide and 14ft high. The space needed to off-load the container is much larger. Hi-ab vehicles have to use “legs” at each side of the vehicle, front and back to provide balance whilst moving the large weight of the container. The legs can extend up to 6ft on each side bringing the overall width of the unit up to 26ft maximum. Should your site not have this much space to play with, let us know and we will take a look for you.
The vehicle, loaded with the container, would usually drive into site and off-load the container parallel to the vehicle bed. The haulier will then turn the vehicle around and drive out. We understand that not many sites will have the space to accommodate a 65ft vehicle turning around, so we do ask that you check with us and send some site photos.
Shipping containers, secure stores, accommodation units and converted containers should always be sited onto hard standing, level ground. If the container is going to be sited permanently it may be worth the investment of a full concrete pad, otherwise the more cost-effective alternative would be to put concrete slabs down to meet the four corners of the container. What we are trying to avoid by doing this is the container sinking into the ground or twisting/becoming uneven. If the container isn’t on a solid, level base, the unit may have problems with opening and closing the doors. This is known as “racking” and can be easily avoided if the grounds are checked and properly prepared before delivery.
Timber railway sleepers are also commonly used to provide a level ground for the units to sit on.
We are more than happy to give you some guidance of how to prepare the grounds for your container so if you have any concerns please ask.
You will have seen hundreds of shipping containers on the move along motorways during your travels, you might have even caught sight of a container vessel whilst on a ferry journey! But how could one of these giant storage boxes be delivered to your site?
3J Services Ltd work with a group of specially selected, fully qualified container hauliers across the UK. Our trusted teams operate various types of vehicles, suited to deliver containers and cabins onto all sorts of sites, mainly using Hi-Abs to off-load.
Our most common method of delivering shipping containers and cabins to locations around the UK is by using a Hi-Ab vehicle. These vehicles are usually a flatbed or skeletal trailer, equipped with a hydraulic crane (The Hi-Ab) which is situated behind the drivers’ cab. The craned lorries can range from 20ft to 55ft in length. The crane is operated by the driver who will attach chains to the hook of the hi-ab and the four top corner castings of the container. He then uses a control pad lift to operate the Hi-Ab, off-load and position the container.
How can I move my shipping container once it’s on site?
Shipping containers can weigh up to 4T when empty and 28T fully loaded! They are bulky units but do have some handy options if you need to shuffle them around on site. Containers are equipped with extremely strong, load bearing corner posts with corner castings at the top and bottom. The standard way to off-load and move a container is by hooking chains through the corner castings and lifting the unit using a hi-ab mounted vehicle. This can be done at the top and bottom castings.
Another way to move a container is by the forklift pockets. 20ft standard shipping containers usually have forklift pockets at the side of the unit and at either short end. We recommend using 8ft long forks with an 8ft wide split.