To Rent Or To Buy A Shipping Container


Many people are asking this question more and more, especially when it comes to bigger investments, they are asking themselves if they should be buying or if they should be renting. Generally this question applies more to property but it has its uses and value within the shipping container industry too. And well the answer is based on your needs, as there are pros and cons to everything.

When You Should Rent

Well it is simple one, you should rent it if you will only be using the container for a short term project, such as temporary storage. Of course you need to consider in the period of time that you will be going to using the container for, and calculate the costs of that. It might turn out to be more expensive to rent the container instead of purchasing one. When you rent a container you must consider the condition of the container, and what you will be using it for. You cannot use a container that previously stored harmful chemicals to store your veggie garden in the winter.

When You Should Buy

You should buy a shipping container when you plan on using it in the long term, such as converting a container into a living space that you will personally use for a long period of time. Or if you would like to add it to your business, it would be wiser to purchase it and do with it exactly as you want. You should purchase it if it is more financially viable. You can always resell it later, Shipping containers have great potential to evolve into something new. Of course you need to have a holistic view of what you are buying, or renting the container for. Is it for moving, storage, travel or business?  There is no point in buying a container for one transportation job.

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How Shipping Containers Could Build South Africa

Shipping containers are becoming very popular throughout South Africa for a few reasons, they are great for our economy, they are bringing in many goods into the country that we have never had before, and they are supplying millions of people the opportunity to grow: they are used as offices, homes, schools, and clinics. They are affording so many people new hope and a decent roof over their heads, and a safer environment for many people to grow.

Shipping Container Usage

Of course the shipping container’s purpose is to store a large amount of products and goods, and ship them all over the world. This includes food, furniture, technology, even medicine and chemicals. But once these containers are no longer able to service this purpose, what else is supposed to happen with them? Well a variety of things, many containers are created to make a great impact in the lives of many people in a way that they never thought of before. This allows people to recycle and repurpose the containers.

The Effect of Container Conversions

South Africa’s population is an ever growing one, which is creating greater needs for accommodating infrastructure to support this population. Thankfully South Africans are creative and innovative people and they find practical solutions for their needs. Many children are being granted the opportunity to sit in a physical classroom that is safe and a supportive learning environment. Many people are able to access the health care they need with more satellite clinics in rural areas.  Many people now have cheaper housing that is a warmer, more secure structure than what many people have to currently live in.

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Shipping containers have turned out to be such flexible objects, especially because no one ever intended for them to be used in such dynamic ways. Thankfully there is more life to containers when they are no longer able to travel the world. If you wish to learn more about container conversions, to convert a container for your own usage, or to get a great container for its traditional use, visit Container Rental & Sales.


Inspecting Shipping Containers before Storage

Shipping containers have been an important part of the logistics and transport industry for many years now, and have even been hailed as an excellent alternative material for building homes, offices, cafes, mobile clinics and more. Because of this, used shipping containers are in popular demand all over South Africa; where business owners and amateur home designers have been snapping them up. However, used containers aren’t always in the best condition, they may have taken on rust, have been damaged during transport or have stored hazardous materials in the past which have undermined their strength. So to make sure that your next purchase of a container is a good one, here are some tips on inspections you should do before buying one.

Are the Doors Secure?

The doors are the container’s first line of security, and because of this you need to have confidence in their ability to secure the container effectively. Start by swinging the doors open and closed to see how smooth they are. If there is a little resistance, that is not necessarily a problem, though too much could point to issues. You’ll also want to make sure that the doors line up properly when closed. If they don’t, then there is a good chance that the container is not aligned properly, which could lead to more severe problems.

Check the CSC Plate

Every shipping container will have a CSC plate on its door. This contains important information about its manufacturer, and when it was created. That product date will give you an idea of how old it is, and therefore what condition it should be in, and what you might expect to pay for it. The CSC plate can also give you vital information on its maintenance history, and therefor what type of condition it is in.

Checking for Deep Rust

Rust will undermine the structural integrity of the container to such an extent, that the damage can be seen with a naked eye. Walk into the container when outside lighting is bright, and close the door. You should be in complete darkness after this. If, however, light filters in through the container, then its integrity has been weakened by rust to a terrible extent, and it should be left alone.

Is it Perfectly Square?

Using a tape measure, or even a piece of string, measure the width of each part of the container to make sure that all sides are consistently spaced out. If not, it could mean that the shape of the container has been warped. This could lead to more severe problems, especially where the onset of rust on the seams, which can cause serious, slow damage to the container.

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Of course, the best way to be sure of the quality of your used shipping container¸ is to source it from a supplier with a track record of excellent products. Contact our representatives at Container Rental & Sales to find out more about our stock.


Gauging the Condition of Used Shipping Containers

Converted shipping containers have become quite the phenomenon in recent years, providing a cost effective, low maintenance and practical way to repurpose them into businesses, outlet stores, clinics and even homes. Though as good as a solution as they are for these types of applications, there are some precautions that should be taken when choosing them, especially those that have been used. If they are not in the right condition, their protective power will be undermined, so much so that they can end up costing you a fortune to restore, or may even be rendered unusable altogether. So the next time you decide to use one for your unique project, here are some pointers you should adhere to when making sure they are in acceptable condition.

What is the Container’s History?

Containers, due to their primary function of storing goods during shipping, may have a more colourful history than you would expect. They could have, for instance, been used to transport hazardous materials, toxic waste, weapons, or any number of other dangerous substances, the particles of which have likely spilt in the container. These particles could pose a risk to anyone looking to repurpose the containers into homes or businesses, where the contaminants could infect unwitting people.

Furthermore, the more trips a container has completed, and the distance and frequency of them will have a major effect on the container’s overall integrity, so it is best to look for something with a relatively short history.

Where has the container travelled to in its duties. If it has been subjected to extreme climate changes, it will likely also suffer latent structural damage that you will only notice once it is too late.

Is there Any Rust Damage?

We are at a constant war with rust, and when you consider the materials used to make shipping containers, the worry should be even greater for anyone looking to repurpose them. Rust will undermine the integrity of the container, and in some cases could put holes right through it. A little rust might be excusable with some maintenance, however if the container is covered in the orange horror, you should leave it where it is.

What is The Condition Like?

When purchasing used shipping containers, you will have a choice between varying conditions.

If you buy it as it, you will need to take care to look carefully at the container for any signs of damage, as these ones have generally travelled and been used extensively.

If you buy it for single use, then the chances are that it has never, if rarely, been used before.

Be wary, however, of those containers that have been used for shipping dangerous goods, as there is likely still some presence of the substance seeped into the material of the container.

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Hopefully this will help you make an informed choice the next time you opt to buy a converted shipping container. If you have any more questions, or would like to know more about our offers on containers, contact a representative from Container Rentals & Sales for further details on our offers.


What A Shipping Container Needs to Be Turned into an Office

Shipping containers, besides their primary function of safe storage, have also been widely used, the world over to construct shops, homes, cafés and even offices over the past decade or so, with owners taking unique approaches to customising them as they see fit. But one does not simply take a container and set up an office inside of it, there are a number of features that your container will need to have if you have any hopes of creating a secure and productive office environment out of it. So it you have been thinking of a shipping container conversion project, here are some crucial renovation areas that you will need to pay close attention to.

Space and Layout

Containers offer limited space, but if it is used wisely, should be more than ample for an average sized office. A six-meter container generally provides enough space for all of this. Remember though that going any smaller will make it difficult to outfit the container as you need to, especially if you are planning on furnishing a luxury office out of it.

Weather Protection, Insulation and Security

Firstly, when setting up an office out of a container, you will want to make sure that the shell you use is air-tight, properly insulated and absolutely leak proof. You don’t want your precious office equipment or work being damaged by damp, do you? Additionally, you will also want at least two windows to be put in to allow for the flow of fresh air, and gutters to allow rainwater to drain properly from the container. Personal security will be important, so consider having security bars put in; and if maintaining a comfortable temperature is difficult, an air-conditioning unit can also be included.

Lights and Power

Every office needs power to conduct its activities, and so will your container. You will need lighting (with LED being the most preferable thanks to their energy efficient operation), power points to run your appliances such as computers and printers), as well as a functional circuit board to give you control over your power supply.

Consider Aesthetics.

You’ve given your container lights, water, fresh air and security, but something is missing. Perhaps it has something to do with that stark steel frame that makes up your office. Remember then that your container can be painted and treated both internally and externally, both for its own protection and to add to its style. You can even kit your container out with luxury finishes on the flooring, walls and ceiling, to give it a more personal and professional flair.

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Unusual uses of shipping containers

Unusual uses of shipping containers

Since they’re versatile, durable and portable, shipping containers are progressively being used as low-cost alternatives to traditional building materials. Shipping containers serve quite a useful function, helping to transport goods safely across the world. However, when they reach the end of their time at sea, there are various ways a shipping container can be given a brand new lease of life and continue being useful for years to come. Here we consider a few of the more innovative or unusual uses of shipping containers, from swimming pools to shopping centres.

Swimming pools

Badeschiff, a German phrase which can be translates to “bathing ship” in English, is a public shipping container swimming pool located in Berlin. Submerged in the River Spree, Badeschiff lets locals to feel like they’re swimming in the river, without experiencing the potentially harmful effects of contact with the polluted water.

Shipping container swimming pools like this are also gradually becoming popular in private residences around the world. Once coated with anti-corrosive paint and lined with insulation foam and a pool liner, a container can function as a fully functional swimming pool.

Medical Facilities

Clinic-in-a-Can is an example of an internationally known company that converts shipping containers into medical clinics. Thus far, their re-purposed shipping container clinics have been used in Haiti, Sierra Leone, the Philippines, Nigeria, Kenya, South Sudan, the USA, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

These inventive medical centres make healthcare more accessible to those in under-privileged and/or underdeveloped areas, sanction cheaper medical care in impoverished areas, and offer non-profit organisations with mobile emergency medical care facilities.


CropBox is just one of several companies that specialise in adapting shipping containers for use as greenhouses. A shipping container greenhouse isn’t only mobile; it’s also a great space saver. By stacking crops vertically, 2,043m2 of planting space can be created in one standard container. The containers can also be stacked up to 5 storeys high, keeping the ground space required for two hectares of lettuce, for example, to a mere 30m2.

Mobile Restaurants

Shipping containers have be re-purposed globally to function as restaurants and food kiosks. However, the Del Popolo pizzeria San Francisco, has been fitted on the back of a truck to make it permanently mobile. The restaurant, complete with a glass wall, which allows customers to watch the chef at work, is even fitted with a traditional wood-fired pizza oven.

Shopping Spaces

27 Boxes is a new South African retail space, located a short distance west of Johannesburg, in the trendy Melville shopping district. The mall consists of 27 used shipping containers, stacked three storeys high, and is modelled on similar projects in Paris, London and Christchurch.


Shipping containers are increasingly being used to house schools and classrooms. Vissershok Primary School, a local school in Dunoon, Cape Town, is one example. At the school, a re-purposed shipping container serves as a classroom for 25 Grade R pupils during the morning, and as a library for the entire school in the afternoon. The classroom, which was built in 2010, was sponsored by three South African companies, who sponsored the container classroom, as well as a pavilion area, jungle gym and vegetable garden outside.


Shipping container offices are popping up on every continent, and one example is the brightly-coloured Riverside Building, located at the London Docklands. Built in 2005 over a period of just eight days, the Riverside Building is the third shipping container block built at the waterfront. The 5-storey building is built from an remarkable 73 shipping containers and houses 24 offices, each of which has eco-friendly features such as natural ventilation, rainwater recycling and light-sensitive external lighting.

Residential Housing

Shipping container homes are becoming popular the world over. In Cape Town, for example, you can find container homes which bear resemblance to traditional housing. The housing options offered by the company include 6 metre-long bachelor pads and 12 metre-long and two-bedroom units.


Container Rentals & Sales are a South African container specialist company operating out of Cape Town. We offer a wide range of services to solve your storage needs. Container Rentals & Sales also specialises in office conversions to suit your needs. Furthermore, our conversions/modifications can take any form, from makeshift medical clinics to educational facilities to unique business applications. At Container Rentals & Sales, we can design and build almost anything you can dream up for countless applications.