USED SHIPPING CONTAINERS
Used shipping containers offer great value for money, as they are built to last, and withstand many years of heavy weight bearing and rough transit. They will be handled many times in ports and container depots throughout the world, and spend years on high seas. Naturally this will affect the cosmetic appearance of the container, but any container being sold on into the storage market should be structurally sound and watertight.
What to expect from a used shipping containerTypically our used shipping container products will be in the region of 15 - 20 years old. Dents and scrapes will be evident, as well as some surface rusting. However, this should not affect the performance of the container.
Pictures of typical used shipping containers
PatchesSometimes container repairs, or patches, can be seen on a used container. A patch is fully welded and sealed and will follow the line of the container corrugations. The patch work conforms to shipping standards and doesn’t affect the structural integrity of the container, or the watertight-ness.
Corten steelThe cosmetic appearance of a used shipping container is not indicative of its quality. Shipping containers are made from Corten steel, which is extremely thick and robust (bearing in mind shipping containers are often stacked up to 8 high), and also contains corrosion retardant properties. It allows surface rust to form as a protective layer on the container, sometimes referred to as weathering, or self healing steel - a little bit like a scab forming over a wound! For more on this process, see our full article on Corten Steel.