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Shipping Containers: All Your Questions Answered

Contain Yourself is one of Ireland's best providers of storage containers, anti-vandal units and shipping container offices. Over the years, our experts have converted hundreds of shipping containers into modern home offices. As you might expect, we often get questions regarding shipping containers. Therefore, for the peace of mind of our clients, we have gathered some of the most popular questions we get asked and included comprehensive answers below.

How much are shipping containers to buy?

The cost of shipping containers in Ireland can vary depending on a variety of factors, such as the size of the container and the condition of the container. On average, a new 20-foot shipping container can cost anywhere from €2,500 to €4,000, while a used container in good condition can cost between €1,500 and €3,000. However, these are just rough estimates, and the final price will depend on the specific container and seller you are looking at.


What are shipping containers made of?

Shipping containers are typically made of steel, specifically weathering steel (also known as corten steel), which is specifically designed to withstand the harsh conditions of being transported by ship, truck, and rail. This type of steel is corrosion-resistant and can withstand exposure to saltwater, wind, and extreme temperatures. The steel used in shipping containers is also very strong and durable, able to support the weight of the container's contents and withstand the forces of transport. Additionally, many shipping containers are insulated and have wooden flooring. These very properties make shipping containers perfect as converted containers.

How do shipping containers lock together?

Shipping containers lock together using a system of corner castings, which are located at the four corners of the container. These corner castings have holes that align with corresponding holes on the next container, and pins or locking bars are inserted into these holes to secure the containers together. This system allows shipping containers to be quickly and securely stacked on each other, both on ships and land. Additionally, most shipping containers have twist locks on the top and bottom of the container that can be used to connect multiple containers. These twist locks are similar to the corner castings and are used to lock the containers horizontally.

How are shipping containers made?


Shipping containers are typically made using a process called roll forming. Roll forming is a method of shaping steel into the desired shape by passing it through a series of rollers. The steel is cut into long strips, cleaned and heated to a specific temperature before being fed into the rollers. The rollers shape the steel into the desired shape and size of the shipping container.

Once the steel has been shaped into the basic form of a shipping container, the various panels and parts are welded together to form the complete container. This includes welding the sides, the roof, the floor, the doors, and the corner castings. Once the welding is complete, the container is inspected, and any necessary repairs are made.

After the container is complete, it is painted with a coat of primer and then a topcoat of paint to protect it from the elements. Finally, the container is loaded onto a transport vehicle and shipped to its destination, where it can be used for storage or transportation.

How are shipping containers moved?

Shipping containers are moved using various methods depending on the distance they need to travel and the mode of transportation. The most common way to move shipping containers is by truck, rail or ship.

If the container needs to be transported a short distance, it is typically loaded onto a flatbed truck using a crane. The flatbed truck can then transport the container to its destination.

If the container needs to be transported a long distance, it can be loaded onto a train or ship. Shipping containers are transported on cargo ships, which are specially designed to carry large numbers of shipping containers. The containers are loaded onto the ship using cranes and then stacked on top of each other. Once the ship reaches its destination, the containers are offloaded using cranes again.

When transported by train, the containers are loaded on flatbed rail cars using cranes and transported across the country.

Another way to move shipping containers is by using a specialized vehicle called a container chassis, which is a trailer with wheels and a kingpin that allows it to be connected to a tractor truck; this method is commonly used to move the containers to and from ports or rail yards.

We transport our containers directly to customers.

How tall are shipping containers?

Shipping containers are typically 8 feet 6 inches tall (2.59 meters), measured from the floor to the ceiling. This is known as the "interior" height of the container. The "exterior" height of the container, which includes the roof, is typically 9 feet 6 inches (2.89 meters) tall.

It should be noted that there are different types of shipping containers, and the height can vary depending on the specific type. For example, high-cube containers are 9 feet 6 inches (2.89 meters) tall on the inside and 10 feet 6 inches (3.20 meters) tall on the outside; this extra height helps store taller items or create more headroom for people working inside the container.

Do you still have questions? Then please get in touch with us directly by phone or email. Our experts will do our very best to answer all your enquiries.

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