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What is A Shipping Container?

Shipping containers are large, standardized steel boxes that are used to transport goods by various means of transportation such as ship, truck, and train. They come in various sizes, with the most common being 20 feet and 40 feet long. Shipping containers are designed to be easily loaded and unloaded, and can be stacked on top of each other for efficient storage. This makes them ideal for use as storage containers, both on land and at sea. They can be used to store a wide variety of goods, including manufactured products, raw materials, and perishable items.


Shipping containers have standardized dimensions, making them easy to stack and store in large numbers, allowing for efficient use of space. Additionally, shipping containers can be converted into various structures such as storage sheds, workshops, and even homes, providing a versatile and cost-effective storage solution. They are made of corrugated steel, which allows them to be converted or modified to suit different needs.

What is a One Trip Container?

A one trip container is a shipping container that has been used once to transport goods from the factory or point of manufacture to the port of destination. After being unloaded at the port, the container is then sold as a “used” container to a buyer. One trip containers considered to be in “new” condition, as they have typically only been used for a single journey. This allows us to keep transport costs of the container to our location down.

What is a Used Container?

A used shipping container is a container that has been previously used to transport goods via ship, truck or train. These containers have been used for one or multiple trips and are no longer needed for shipping purposes. They are then sold or rented as a used container to a buyer or lessee.

Used shipping containers can come in various conditions, from like-new to showing significant signs of wear and tear. They are generally less expensive than new or “prime” containers and can still be used for various purposes such as storage, as a workshop or even converted into a home. A standard shipping container can last 25-50+ years when upkeep is maintained.

Are Shipping Containers Weatherproof?

Shipping containers are designed to be weather-resistant and able to withstand the rigors of transport over long distances, including exposure to various weather conditions such as wind, rain, sun and saltwater. They are made of corrugated steel, which provides a strong and durable outer shell that can protect the contents of the container from the elements. The doors and seals of shipping containers are also designed to be weather-tight, which helps to keep the interior of the container dry and protected. However, it is important to note that the level of weatherproofing can vary depending on the age, condition, and maintenance of the container.


Shipping containers are not completely weatherproof, over time, the exposure to the elements can cause some damage to the container. Regular maintenance and regular painting can help to extend the life of a container and keep it in good condition. If you plan to use a container for long-term storage in an outdoor location, it is recommended to consider additional insulation, ventilation, and sealing to improve its weather resistance.

What are Shipping Containers made from?

Shipping containers are primarily made of corrugated steel, which provides a strong and durable outer shell that can protect the contents of the container from the elements. The steel used in shipping containers is typically made of a high-strength, low-alloy steel, which is designed to be both strong and lightweight. The steel is also coated with a layer of paint or other protective coating to help prevent rust and corrosion.


The floors of shipping containers are typically made of marine-grade plywood, which is designed to be resistant to moisture and rot. The doors and seals of shipping containers are also made of steel and are designed to be weather-tight, which helps to keep the interior of the container dry and protected.

How much does a Shipping Container weigh?

The average empty weight of a 20-foot shipping container is around 2.2-2.5 metric tonnes (4,850-5,500 lbs), for a 30-foot shipping container is around 3.8-4.2 metric tonnes (8,400-9,200 lbs), and for a 40-foot shipping container is around 4.5-5.2 metric tonnes (10,000-11,500 lbs). Please note that these are approximate weights, and the actual weight may vary depending on the materials and construction of the container, as well as any modifications that have been made to it.

Does Contain Yourself buy back Containers?

Contain Yourself does offer buy back for some of our containers. Please be aware the buy back price will be based on the return condition of the container and the current resale value of containers at the time of the buy back.

Can Shipping Containers be stacked?

Yes, shipping containers can be stacked on top of each other. They are designed to be intermodal, meaning they can be easily loaded onto a truck, train, or ship and transported to different locations. When they are transported by ship, they are typically stacked on top of each other in large numbers, with the weight of the containers above supported by the container below.


Shipping containers are also commonly used in storage and construction, and in these cases, they may also be stacked on top of each other to maximize the use of space. It’s important to note that the stacking capacity of the shipping container is determined by the manufacturer and it’s important to use the container accordingly and not overload it.

How Secure are Shipping Containers?

Shipping containers are generally considered to be quite secure, as they are made of steel and are difficult to break into. However, there are a few ways in which the security of a shipping container can be improved. One way is by adding a lockbox. A lockbox is a secure enclosure that is placed within a shipping container and is designed to protect valuable items from theft.


The lockbox is typically made of steel and is equipped with a locking mechanism that can only be opened with a key or combination code. This added layer of security can help to deter potential thieves from attempting to break into the container and steal the contents.

How do you Stack Shipping Containers?

Shipping containers are typically stacked using a crane or other heavy lifting equipment. The crane lifts each container and places it on top. The containers are secured to one another using twist locks, which are fittings located on the corners of the container that allow it to be securely attached to another container. The stacking process is typically done in a specific pattern, such as a “pyramid” or “zigzag” configuration, to ensure stability and safety. It’s also common to use other equipment like spreaders to move and stack the containers.


Shipping Container Delivery

How do I get my Shipping Container delivered?

A shipping container is usually delivered by a truck or tractor-trailer combination, specifically designed for hauling shipping containers (HIAB). The container is loaded onto the truck or trailer using a crane or other heavy equipment, and then transported to its final destination. Once it reaches the destination, the container is offloaded using the same equipment.


Do we Deliver Nationally?

Contain Yourself delivers Nationwide in Ireland and N.Ireland. Let us know where you are based when ordering your container and we will do our best to get your delivery to you as soon as possible.

How long does it take to get a Shipping Container delivered?

Once the Shipping Container is in stock and does not need to have any modifications made to it, a delivery time of 1-2 weeks should be expected. However this could be extended by lack of stock or if changes need to be made to the containers structure. An example would be a container conversion.

Can I collect the Shipping Container myself?

Yes, you can arrange to collect your own shipping container. When you are in contact with Contain Yourself staff, please refer to the fact that you are capable of collecting and we will arrange a time and date for your collection. 

Do I need Planning Permission for my Shipping Container?

In Ireland, whether or not you need planning permission for a shipping container depends on the specific use and location of the container.


Generally, if the container is going to be used for storage on your property and is not visible from the public domain, planning permission may not be required. However, if the container will be used for a different purpose, such as a dwelling or office space, planning permission would likely be required.


It’s also worth noting that if you’re going to place the container on a property that is located in a protected area, such as a conservation area or an area of special scientific interest, you would need to apply for planning permission. It is recommended to check with your local authorities to confirm the specific regulations in your area and to make sure that you have all the required permits before placing a shipping container on your property.

Site setup in preparation for a Shipping Container?

Preparing a site for the delivery of a shipping container involves several steps to ensure that the container can be safely and efficiently offloaded and placed in its final location. Here are a few key steps to consider:

  • Clear the site of any debris or obstacles that may impede the delivery truck or crane. This includes removing any low hanging branches, power lines, or other hazards.

  • Make sure that the site is level and stable. If the site is uneven or soft, the container may not be able to be placed safely.

  • Check the width and height of any gates, bridges, or other structures that the delivery truck or crane will need to pass through to ensure that they are tall and wide enough to accommodate the container.

  • Create an area for the container to be placed that is large enough to accommodate the container, as well as any additional equipment that may be used to offload and place the container.

  • For the offloading it’s important to have a flat and stable surface that can sustain the weight of the container.

  • It’s also important to have a clear access for the delivery vehicle, in case there are any tight turns or narrow roads. (Site lorry must be able to extend their 6ft HIAB legs)

  • Keep in mind the distance from the road to the container location, as the crane and delivery truck need enough space to maneuver.

  • If the container is going to be placed on a slope, make sure that the site has been properly graded and that the container can be placed in a stable position.

  • It’s important to have someone on site to communicate with the delivery driver and the crane operator, to ensure that the container is placed in the correct location and at the correct angle.

  • Having appropriate signage directing the delivery truck to the correct location on your property.

  • Having the right tools and equipment on hand, such as wheelbarrows, shovels, and levelers, to make the offloading process as easy as possible.

Shipping Container Maintenance

Are Shipping Containers affected by Condensation?

Shipping containers can be affected by condensation, which occurs when the temperature inside the container is different from the temperature outside. This can happen when the container is exposed to high humidity or when there are temperature changes inside the container, such as when there are items stored inside that generate heat.


The condensation can form on the walls and ceilings of the container as well as on the items stored inside. This can lead to rust, mold, and damage to the items stored inside.


To prevent condensation inside shipping containers, several steps can be taken:

  • Insulating the container: Adding insulation to the walls, floor, and ceiling of the container can help to reduce the temperature difference between the inside and outside of the container, which can help to reduce condensation.
  • Ventilation: Installing vents or opening windows can help to increase air circulation inside the container, which can help to reduce humidity levels.
  • Dehumidifiers: Placing a dehumidifier inside the container can help to remove excess moisture from the air.
  • Heating: In cold temperatures, heating the container can help to keep the temperature inside above the dew point, which can help to prevent condensation.
  • Proper Storing: Properly storing items inside the container can help to reduce the amount of moisture that is generated inside. It’s important to properly store items that can generate heat or moisture such as chemicals, food, plants, etc.

Do Shipping Containers require Maintenance?

Shipping containers are used to transport goods across oceans – usually on the deck of a ship. They have durable rubber door seals to keep the elements out. Used shipping containers sold on the storage and reuse market can have damaged door seals or damaged steel roofs or sides, but companies selling used containers will make sure they are inspected and repaired prior to shipping or release. There are some poor quality containers that are usually sold and used, then resold again. These containers are usually at least 15 to 20 years old, and while some of them may be in good condition, there is a risk of corrosion or damage to doors, side panels, roofs, etc. There is a limited market for new and used (inspected) sea containers, so expect a fair market price for a good wind and water proof container.

Are Shipping Containers Wind and Watertight?

Shipping containers are designed to be wind and water tight in order to protect the goods inside during transportation. They are made of corrugated steel and have double-locking steel doors that seal tightly, which helps to keep out water and wind. Additionally, the doors and walls of shipping containers are designed to be strong and durable, which helps to protect the contents from damage due to weather and other environmental factors.

What is the Best Surface for Placing my Shipping Container?

The best surface for positioning a shipping container is a level, solid, and stable surface, such as a concrete slab or compacted gravel. The surface should be able to support the weight of the container and its contents, as well as withstand any shifting or movement of the container during loading and unloading. It is also important that the surface is level to ensure that the container is stable and not at risk of tipping over.


Additionally, the surface should be well-draining to avoid water pooling around the container which can cause rust and corrosion over time. If the container will be used for long term storage, it’s important to consider the potential for flooding or groundwater table, a level surface with good drainage will help to mitigate these risks.


It’s also important to consider the access to the container, a surface with good access for loading and unloading, as well as for any heavy equipment that may be needed, such as cranes or forklifts, will make the process of moving the container and its contents much easier.

How to Open and Close a Shipping Container

The T-handle locking mechanism is a common type of locking mechanism used on shipping containers.

It is designed to secure the doors of the container closed and keep out water and wind.


  1. Locate the T-handle locking mechanisms on the doors of the container. These are typically located near the top and bottom of the doors, and may be located on the outside or inside of the doors.

  2. Inspect the T-handles for any damage or rust. Make sure the mechanism is in good working order, and the T-handle is not loose or difficult to turn.

  3. To open the container, turn the T-handles counterclockwise. This will release the locking mechanism and allow the doors to be opened.

  4. To close the container, first ensure that the interior is clear of any obstruction, then push the doors shut.

  5. Once the doors are closed, turn the T-handles clockwise to engage the locking mechanism. Make sure that the T-handles are securely locked by pulling on the doors.

  6. Check that the locking mechanism is properly engaged by trying to open the door. It should be difficult to open if the T-handle is properly engaged.

Can you Paint a Shipping Container?

Yes, it is possible to paint a shipping container. Painting a shipping container can help to protect it from rust and corrosion, and can also be used to change the appearance of the container.


Here are the basic steps for painting a shipping container:


  1. Clean the container: Clean the container thoroughly to remove any dirt, dust, or debris. A pressure washer can be used to clean the container and remove any rust or flaking paint.

  2. Repair any damage: Inspect the container for any dents, holes, or other damage and repair it with a patching compound or by welding.

  3. Sand the surface: Sand the surface of the container to remove any rust or loose paint and to create a smooth surface for the new paint to adhere to.

  4. Apply a primer: Apply a rust-inhibiting primer to the container to provide a base coat for the paint and to help protect the container from rust and corrosion.

  5. Paint the container: Use a paint roller or brush to apply the paint to the container. Use a paint that is specifically designed for metal surfaces and that is rated for outdoor use.

  6. Allow the paint to dry completely before using the container.

It’s important to note that the paint may not last forever and will eventually degrade, the container may need to be repainted to maintain its appearance and rust-preventing properties. Additionally, it’s important to use paint that is suitable for metal surfaces, and that can withstand the rigors of outdoor use and transportation.

Shipping Container Conversions

Do we Modify Shipping Containers?

We specialize in modifying shipping containers to create unique and functional spaces. This includes customizing the interior layout, adding insulation, electrical and plumbing systems, as well as any other desired features such as windows, doors and more. Our goal is to take a standard shipping container and transform it into a comfortable and functional space that can be used for a variety of purposes such as homes, offices and retail spaces. With our modification services, the possibilities are endless. We work closely with our clients to create a space that meets their needs and exceeds their expectations.

Will we buy back Modified Shipping Containers?

We offer a buyback program for our modified shipping containers. If you no longer have a use for your container or would like to upgrade to a new one, we can purchase it back from you at a fair market price. To qualify for the buyback program, you will need to provide pictures of the unit to show that it is in good condition. This will help us to evaluate the container’s condition and provide you with an accurate quote. If you are looking to sell your modified container, our program is a convenient and hassle-free way to do so. Contact us today to learn more about how you can take advantage of this opportunity.

What size Shipping Container can be Modified?

Shipping containers come in a variety of standard sizes, the most common being 20-foot and 40-foot long containers. Both of these sizes can be easily converted for a variety of uses such as homes, offices, retail spaces, and more. The 20-foot container is typically used for smaller projects or tight spaces, while the 40-foot container is used for larger projects or spaces that require more room. However, shipping containers can also be cut and joined together to create custom sizes, this is commonly known as a double-container or triple-container home. This allows for even more flexibility in design and can accommodate for larger or more specific needs.

How long will converting a Shipping Container take?

The time it takes to convert a shipping container will vary depending on the scope of the project and the specific modifications that are being made. Simple modifications such as adding windows, doors and painting the container may take only a few days. More complex projects that involve adding electrical and plumbing systems, as well as custom interior finishes, may take several weeks to a couple of months. It’s important to note that the time it takes to convert a container may also be affected by factors such as the availability of materials and labor, as well as weather conditions if the work is being done on-site. One of our staff can help you get a more accurate estimate for the timeline of your specific project.

Can we handle large Shipping Container Projects?

At Contain Yourself, we have the capability to handle all types of large shipping container projects. We have the expertise and resources to tackle projects of any size and complexity, from simple modifications to more complex custom builds. We can work with a variety of industries and applications, including but not limited to: residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional. Whether you need a single container conversion or a multi-unit development, we have the experience and knowledge to bring your project to life. We can handle all aspects of the project, from concept design to final construction, ensuring that the end result is a high-quality, functional and visually appealing space that meets your specific needs and requirements.

Can you assist me in implementing my concept?

At Contain Yourself, we are dedicated to helping you bring your shipping container conversion ideas to life. We understand that every project is unique and requires a customized approach. We offer a wide range of services to assist you in implementing your concepts. Our team of experts will work closely with you to understand your vision, and provide you with guidance and support throughout the entire process, from concept design to final construction.


Our services include but not limited to:


  • Conceptual design and planning
  • Site survey and preparation
  • Container sourcing and logistics
  • Modification and customization
  • Electrical, plumbing and HVAC installation
  • Final finishes, paint and flooring
  • Site preparation and foundation installation
  • Delivery and installation
  • Project management and consulting

We are committed to providing you with the highest quality of service and workmanship, and we strive to exceed your expectations every step of the way. With our help, you can be sure that your shipping container conversion project will be a success.

Shipping Container Security

How Secure are Shipping Containers?

Shipping containers are generally considered to be very secure structures, due to their heavy-duty construction and the fact that they are typically made of Corten steel. The steel used in shipping containers is typically between 10-14 gauge (about 3-5mm thick) and are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, as well as rough handling during transportation. Additionally, shipping containers are typically equipped with locking mechanisms that allow for secure closure of the doors.


However, it’s important to note that the level of security can depend on how the container is used and modified. A standard shipping container with a lockable door can provide a good level of security, but if the container is modified with windows and other openings, the security level can be reduced. It is also possible to add additional security features such as alarms, cameras, and security gates to shipping container structures to increase the level of security.

Additionally, shipping container structures that are used for storage or other commercial purposes, it is important to take into account the security of the surrounding area, the potential for theft or vandalism, and to take appropriate steps to secure the area and the container itself.

How do I secure Stacked Shipping Containers?

Twist locks are a common method of securing stacked shipping containers. To use twist locks to secure a stacked shipping container:


  1. Position the container on the shipping vessel or truck in the desired location.

  2. Insert the twist locks into the container corner castings on the top container.

  3. Twist the lock mechanism to lock the twist lock in place.

  4. Repeat the process for all four corner castings on the top container.

  5. The container is now securely locked to the bottom container.

It’s important to ensure that the twist locks are properly installed and tightened to ensure a secure connection between the containers. It’s also a good idea to regularly check the twist locks and tighten them if necessary to maintain a secure connection.

It is also important to note that Twist locks are not a standalone security measure and should be used in combination with other security measures, such as padlocks or cameras, to ensure the maximum level of security.

How do I use a Slimline Lock Box?

A slimline lockbox is a device that can be added to a shipping container to provide an additional layer of security. To use a slimline lockbox on a shipping container:


  1. Choose a location on the container door where the lockbox will be installed.

  2. Weld the lockbox to the container door

  3. Use the provided key or combination to open the lockbox.

  4. Insert a padlock or other security device into the lockbox and lock it in place.

  5. Close the lockbox and lock it with the provided key or combination.

  6. The container is now secured with an additional level of security provided by the lockbox.

It’s important to ensure that the lockbox is securely welded to the container door and that the lock inside the lockbox is in good working condition. It’s also a good idea to use a high-quality padlock or other security device inside the lockbox to ensure maximum security.

It’s also important to note that Slimline lockbox is not a standalone security measure and should be used in combination with other security measures, such as Twist locks or cameras, to ensure the maximum level of security.

Shipping Container Sales

Do we Buy Back Containers?

If you no longer have a use for your container or would like to upgrade to a new one, we can purchase it back from you at a fair market price. To qualify for the buyback program, you will need to provide pictures of the unit to show that it is in good condition. This will help us to evaluate the container’s condition and provide you with an accurate quote. If you are looking to sell your shipping container, our program is a convenient and hassle-free way to do so. Contact us today to learn more about how you can take advantage of this opportunity.

How can you see our Shipping Containers on site?

Our shipping containers feature prominently the Contain Yourself logo, making them easily identifiable in any setting. Whether they are being used on a construction site or by one of our clients, the logo serves as a clear marker of their origin. This not only helps to increase brand awareness, but also ensures that our containers are easily identifiable and easily returnable to us in case of any issues. Overall, the logo on our shipping containers serves as a simple yet effective way to keep track of our equipment and maintain a professional image

Why buy from Contain Yourself?

When you purchase a shipping container from Contain Yourself, you can be confident that you are getting a high-quality product. We pride ourselves on offering both new and used containers that have been thoroughly inspected and are in excellent condition. Additionally, our team has the expertise and capability to modify the container to meet your specific needs, whether it be for storage, a workshop, or even a home. With our competitive prices and commitment to customer satisfaction, buying a container from us is a smart choice for anyone in need of durable and versatile storage solutions.

Do you need a Non-Standard Shipping Container?

Contain Yourself is the go-to choice for those in need of non-standard sizes. We have the capability to join multiple standard containers together or cut them down to the exact dimensions you require. This allows for maximum flexibility and customization to fit your unique storage or space needs. Whether you need a larger container for commercial use or a smaller container for a backyard shed, we have the expertise and equipment to make it happen. By choosing us for your shipping container modification needs, you can be sure you will get a container that is tailored to your specific requirements.

Can I get a discount on Purchasing Multiple Shipping Containers?

When it comes to purchasing multiple shipping containers, our business is dedicated to providing our customers with the most competitive pricing options, you can be sure that you are getting the best deal possible. Additionally, if you are in need of multiple containers for your project, you can save on delivery costs by having them delivered at the same time. This not only helps to keep costs low, but it also ensures that you have all the containers you need in one place, at one time, making it more convenient for you. Our goal is to make the process of purchasing multiple containers as easy and cost-effective as possible, and we strive to provide the highest level of customer service to ensure that your needs are met.

What Payment methods does Contain Yourself accept?

Contain Yourself can take payment by Bank Transfer, Stripe, over the phone by Debit Card and by Cheque

(Cheque must be cleared before delivery of the Shipping Container)

Shipping Container Hire

What is the Minimum Hire Period?

When it comes to hiring shipping containers from Contain Yourself, we have a minimum hire period of three months. This policy is in place to ensure that our customers have sufficient time to make use of the container and fulfil their needs. A three-month minimum hire period also allows us to maintain our containers to a high standard, as they are not constantly being moved around, which can cause wear and tear. Additionally, this policy allows us to make the most efficient use of our inventory and to ensure that we have enough containers available to meet the demand of our customers. We understand that the needs of our customers can vary and we are always open to discuss the rental period that best suits you and your project. So if you need a container for a short-term project, or for a longer period, we are happy to work with you to find a solution that meets your needs.

Do we Hire Nationwide?

Contain Yourself is proud to offer nationwide shipping container and modified shipping container hire across Ireland. Whether you’re located in Dublin, Cork, Galway or any other part of the country, we can provide you with the container you need to get the job done. We have a wide range of containers available for hire, including standard shipping containers, refrigerated containers and modified containers. Our containers are all in excellent condition. Our team of experts will work with you to understand your specific needs and recommend the best container for your project. We also offer flexible rental options that allow you to hire a container for the time period that you need. With our nationwide coverage, you can rest assured that we have the resources to meet your container hire needs no matter where you are in Ireland.

Can I Hire more than one Shipping Container?

Contain Yourself offers a wide range of shipping containers for hire. Whether you need a container for storage, transportation, or as a temporary office space, we have the perfect solution for you. Our containers come in various sizes, from 20 feet to 40 feet, and can be customized to meet your specific needs. With our flexible rental options, you can hire a container for a short-term project or for a longer period of time. Our containers are made of high-quality materials and are well-maintained to ensure that they are in top condition when you receive them. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with your container rental needs.

Can I Hire a Shipping Container Long-term?

At Contain Yourself, we understand that every customer’s needs are unique. That’s why we offer a range of options when it comes to hiring shipping containers. Hiring long-term is perfect for those who need a container for an extended period of time. We also provide the option to purchase the container, which can be cost-effective if the purchase price is less than the long-term hire cost. Additionally, we also offer a buy-back option at the current market value, assuming the container is still in good condition. This allows for flexibility and convenience for our customers, giving them the opportunity to choose the option that best suits their needs. Contact us today to learn more about our container rental and purchase options and we can help you find the perfect solution for your needs.

What Size Container can I Hire?

Our company offers a wide range of shipping container sizes for hire, including 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft options. Whether you need a small container for storing equipment or a large container for a temporary office or accommodation, we have the perfect solution for you. Not only do we offer standard unmodified shipping containers, but we also provide modified containers that are specifically designed to meet your unique needs. Our modified containers come with various features such as insulation, electricity, and climate control, making them suitable for a wide range of uses such as workshops and storage.

How easy is Hiring a Shipping Container?

At Contain Yourself, its easy for you to arrange the hire of a shipping container. Whether you need a container for storage, transportation, or as a temporary office space, we have the perfect solution for you. To get started, all you have to do is give us a call at 061 634 007, email us at, or fill out our online form HERE. Our team of experts will be more than happy to assist you in finding the right container for your needs and guide you through the process of arranging the hire. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service, and we’re dedicated to making sure that the entire process is as simple and hassle-free as possible.