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Decarbonization in the Shipping Industry

There are some major changes underway in the shipping industry. Recently, several major organizations in the industry committed to decarbonization by 2030. Today on the blog we’ll look at the significance of this commitment. 

Support for $5 Billion Research Fund

Back on March 10, 2021, representatives from all over the industry came together to announce something big. They were supporting a proposed $5 billion fund to develop and support decarbonization in the industry. Eight governments backed this proposal and submitted it to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for review. This is significant for several reasons. 

For one, without coordinated international efforts like this, decarbonization is simply a pipe dream. It is an initiative that requires international cooperation. So, with eight countries (Nigeria, Switzerland, Singapore, Greece, Georgia, Liberia, Malta, and Japan) and several large organizations (BIMCO and IMCA to name two) backing the proposal, this signals true cross-national commitment. Additionally, the funding proposal itself is targeted with very particular goals to drive change. It would create a research and development board which would fund R&D efforts across the globe, including in developing countries. 

This is a key commitment, as currently there aren’t the necessary technologies to decarbonize the industry at scale. So, with this plan in place, the foundation is in place for accelerated change. 

Decarbonization: A UN Initiative

This proposal is actually in response to an initiative from the United Nations. Back in 2018, UN delegates associated with the IMO agreed to reduce total emissions by 50% (from levels in 2008) by 2050. The recent proposal is a sign of additional commitment to specific action steps to help meet this goal. By putting funding behind research and development for emerging technologies, the industry will be able to create a decarbonized future that can reduce environmental impact and also create sustainable practices.

Potential Solutions: Ammonia and More

Creating these low- and no-carbon solutions will be a challenge. However, there are already some ideas about how this might develop. One such solution is ammonia. Ammonia is a fuel source that doesn’t emit any carbon when it’s burned. Also, it can be made fairly simply with renewable electricity, air, and water, and it can be stored much more easily than other fuel sources like hydrogen. Plus, it boasts an extremely high energy density, making it an ideal fuel source. 

However, there aren’t currently any shipping vessels with the equipment to burn ammonia for fuel. Plus, nobody is creating ammonia in a climate-friendly way at scale currently. So, these are two areas to be on the lookout for over the next several years. It’s likely that some of the projects from the $5 billion research and development fund will focus on green ammonia production and creating ammonia-fueled ships. There are some other options innovators are considering as well. For example, hydrogen could be a potential fuel source going forward. Additionally, innovative fuel cells and wind-harnessing technologies are in the works. 

One thing is for certain: there’s a revolution in the shipping industry to move towards greener, more sustainable practices. This is an exciting and necessary step as we try to protect the environment while serving consumer and business needs across the globe. 

Moon Trailer Leasing offers mobile offices to companies and organizations across Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. We have offices of all sizes for rent and sale. Call 502-200-2315 for a fast and free quote.

Mobile Offices: RVs, Campers, and more

Mobile offices are not a new concept. But in the past several years, more and more people have been taking the idea in new directions. Here’s a look at some trends in mobile offices.

Campers and RVs with Mobile Offices

For years, people have been figuring out ways to work out of mobile setups. For example, with some research and hard work, campers and RVs can be converted into work-friendly spaces. One important consideration in these setups is desk space. A non-modified RV or camper is unlikely to have desk space that is key for working. As such, a lot of the modifications you need to make for this setup are related to the work space itself. This can mean installing side table,
converting an existing space, or even just using foldable or movable desks or tables.

You need the proper infrastructure in place to work from these spaces too. Internet is one key need for a lot of people working remotely. There are a few creative ways people who work from RVs and campers make sure they have internet access. For one, there is often free internet at RV parks where you can stay for a period of time. While this is great and accessible, it’s also not secure most of the time. For security, you can always beef up your devices with VPNs to bolster security and privacy while on public WiFi. Another potential solution is to invest in a mobile WiFi hotspot, giving you your own source for internet access. Many phone and internet service providers offer options for mobile hotspots.

Beyond internet, there are some more basic needs you have to address for truly mobile workspaces. Water, electricity, and plumbing are all necessary particularly when mobile offices are also where you live. Technology like solar panels are a pivotal way many people power their RVs and campers. When paired with large batteries that hold charges for your various needs, you’d be surprised at how much energy you can generate for yourself.

Coronavirus Pandemic

All of these ideas have likely been accelerated recently by the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has caused some huge changes to how many people work. Remote work has been at least a part-time solution for lots of businesses, and a long-term reality for some people. According to Gallup polling data from October 2020, 33% of people in the United States were working remotely all the time, with an additional 25% working remotely some of the time. Back in April 2020, the numbers were even higher, with 51% working remotely all the time and 18% some of the time. Though there has been a downtrend in the percent of people working remotely, the numbers are still very high. Over half of workers in the United States are working remotely at least some of the time. As a result, more and more people have entertained the idea of changing up where they are working. Whether short or longer-term, they have found value in working somewhere other than home.

Of course, many of the aspects of these new mobile offices are reflective of mobile office trailers that have existed for a while. Mobile office trailers are a great solution for many businesses. Check out our blog post on mobile offices to learn more about what they can offer!

Moon Trailer Leasing offers mobile offices to companies and organizations across Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. We have offices of all sizes for rent and sale. Call 502-200-2315 for a fast and free quote.

The Benefits of a Mobile Office

A mobile office is an excellent option for many businesses. They offer a variety of benefits including flexibility, mobility, expanded workspace, and more. Read along to find out more about how a mobile office can help your business!

Flexible terms, sizes, and functionality

One of the biggest advantages a mobile office gives you is flexibility. These offices are flexible in a lot of different ways. For one, their terms are flexible. You can buy new or used, or rent short or long-term. This means that no matter your budget or timeline, there’s an option that can work for you! Additionally, you can find mobile offices of all sizes to meet your needs. From small 20 foot offices to larger 40 foot ones, you won’t have trouble finding the size you are looking for.

In addition to flexible terms and sizes, mobile offices give you another edge: they can be used for a lot of different functions. These offices can be meeting spaces, offices for filing paperwork, call centers, interview locations, break areas, and more. Mobile offices come with a variety of floor plans to meet these functions, with options like dividers, fluorescent lighting, sliding windows, and more. You can even pair them with portable restrooms on-site. With options to fit any sort of function, your mobile office can be what you need it to be. From the simplest office space to a plush space with all of the bells and whistles, these units are completely adaptable.

Mobility and transportation

Mobile offices have another crucial element of adaptability, one that’s probably obvious from their name: mobility. These offices are designed for easy transportation. Many, like Moon’s wheeled office trailers, are easy to haul anywhere by truck. This means you can have an office where you need it when you need it. You can also change locations quickly, moving to new sites with ease. If you’re in a pinch and need office space fast, mobile offices are great too. You can get a unit where you need it quickly. Last, but certainly not least, this mobility also allows you to be in the thick of a work site. You can be more available and responsive to make your projects more efficient and successful.

Mobile offices are affordable

Another great feature of mobile offices is their price point. Traditional office spaces are expensive, and often require long-term commitment. This is an expensive and rigid option that isn’t right for every situation. Compared to traditional office spaces, mobile offices are very affordable. Their flexible terms come into play here too, saving you money. No matter if you need an office for just a month, or even a whole year, you can rent a unit for as long as you need without paying for time that you don’t need it. Spending less on office space frees you up to invest in growing your business in other ways.

Moon Trailer Leasing offers mobile offices to companies and organizations across Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. We have offices of all sizes for rent and sale. Call 502-200-2315 for a fast and free quote.

Shipping Containers: A Brief History

Shipping containers. They’re a ubiquitous part of our global economy. Most global consumer goods you own have a good chance of having been in a container at some point. Today’s supply chain, built around the shipping container, allows for an efficient distribution of goods worldwide. It hasn’t always been this way, though. In fact, the shipping container as we know it is only around 64 years old. Let’s take a look at the history of the shipping container.

1956: Malcolm McLean and the First Shipping Containers

1956 is an important year for the modern shipping container. This is when Malcolm McLean, owner of a large trucking company, launched the first voyage of a modern container. For decades, McLean had seen the inefficiency of transporting goods in non-standardized wooden crates during the operation of his company. He eventually purchased Pan Atlantic Tanker Company, a company with significant shipping assets, and experimented with ideas for standard shipping box designs. He eventually settled on the idea of a one-sized metal box. This design was sturdy, could be stacked, was easily transferred to trucks and trains for ground shipping, and was secure. In 1956, the ship Ideal X launched, becoming the first container ship to be used with modern containers.

Over the next several years, McLean worked to refine the shipping container design. Containers became fitted to interlock when stacking. He also implemented cranes at dock sites to speed up loading efficiency and safety. These innovations and others helped drive the popular use of container ships as viable methods of shipping.

1968: Modern Container Ships

1968 marks another important point in time for shipping containers. This is the year that the ISO imposed international standards for container dimensions and requirements. With this step, modern containers as we know them became widespread. This standard is relatively similar to standards for today, and is a key reason for mass shipping as we know it. With international standards in place, companies could maximize efficiency in the supply chain. As a result, the cargo shipping industry boomed through the 1970s and 1980s. This boom impacted other transportation modes in the chain too- trucks, trains and planes that carried goods after shipping by sea were transformed to maximize efficiency as well. With standards across multiple modes of transport, containers truly became the key to global shipping that they are today. By the end of the 20th century, shipping containers accounted for around 90% of all cargo globally.

Today and What’s Next

The start of the 21st century has seen continued technological innovations. Today, remote tracking systems are a core aspect of international shipping. Refrigerated shipping has become crucial for distributing fruit and vegetables around the globe, keeping goods cold for weeks at a time. Looking to the future, there are innovative ideas to utilize crewless container ships, blockchain technology, and further automatization to continue improving the industry.

Moon Trailer Leasing offers shipping containers to companies and organizations across Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. We have containers both for rent and sale. Call 502-776-2199 today for a fast and free quote.

3 Ways You Can Re-purpose A Shipping Container In Kentucky

A cargo shipping container can be used for a variety of purposes besides transportation. Here are a few ways re-purposed cargo containers are used around the world and in Kentucky.

3 Ways You Can Re-purpose Shipping Containers In Kentucky

Living Spaces

People have been making residences out of shipping containers for years. Homes, apartments, and dorms are all creations that you can build or purchase from companies that convert containers. These residences aren’t just mobile and compact. They can have as many features as you want, including full plumbing, bathrooms, air conditioning, heat, rooftops, porches, and more.

Here in Kentucky, there have been many notable shipping container home projects in the past several years. In 2014, Habitat for Humanity started work on one of the first shipping container homes in Kentucky near Elizabethtown.

Plus, back in 2016, there were plans to build a series of container homes in the Schnitzelburg neighborhood in Louisville (the plans were later scrapped, though). You can even stay in a shipping container cabin in Slade near the Red River Gorge through Airbnb.

Restaurants and Office Spaces

In addition, restaurant and other business owners have re-purposed shipping containers for use. Worldwide, there are pop-up shops in London, England and a container city in Cholula, Mexico, just to name two instances.

In Louisville, a few examples have also sprung up recently. Copper & Kings, a brandy distillery in the Butchertown neighborhood, has used several shipping containers for a boutique and visitor’s center. Plus, Royal’s Chicken’s location in Nulu has shipping containers outside for seating.

Most recently, the initial building for a project called Opportunity Corner in Russell has begun to take form in Louisville. The project will provide office spaces to help grow a self-sustaining space for entrepreneurs and other community members. This project follows in a tradition of using mobile offices as workplaces. Construction professionals have long used storage container offices on-site. They provide the advantage of mobility, sturdiness, and flexible work and storage space.

Shipping Container Farming

Lastly, farmers have used shipping containers to produce food. There are a growing number of companies that make shipping containers for agricultural work. Farmers can grow everything from herbs to leafy greens for industries like nutrition and fragrance.

These container farms offer a few key benefits for farmers. They are readily available, compact, cheap up front, and easy to transport. Many farmers are excited about container farms and see them as a way to produce fresh and local food more readily. However, there are some challenges as well. For one, the environment within the containers can be hard to control. In addition, a container that is too small for the number of farm workers may be difficult to move around in. Plus, overhead can become expensive after the initial container build.

It can certainly take a lot of work and money to make a shipping container a living space or business location. But with the right investment, they have the potential to be a sustainable solution. One thing is for sure: interest in re-purposing these containers has increased over the past few years and shows no sign of stopping.

Moon Trailer Leasing offers shipping containers to companies and organizations across Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. Call 502-776-2199 today for a fast and free quote.

Planning for a construction project

8 Ways To Get Organized For A Major Construction Project

Want to stay organized with your construction project?

 

Working on a major construction project isn’t easy. You need to plan and execute every aspect carefully to ensure successful results. It is a project manager’s responsibility to make sure nothing goes wrong during construction. They oversee the project from initial discussions to final handover. If you’re planning for significant work, here are 8 important things you can do to stay organized with your construction project.

 

  1. Establish A Work Breakdown Structure

A Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) is a visual project plan. It includes all sections of the project like deliverables, project schedules, and other information. It provides an excellent overview of a project, helping teams stay on track and be aware of the bigger picture. This also allows teams to determine how delays or issues with one section will impact the rest. A Work Breakdown Structure is one of the first things project managers should work on after a client approves a project.

 

  1. Create A Scope Statement

Scope statements help teams keep the end goals in mind. It can be easy to become lost in the intricate details of a project and forget what a client truly wants. A scope statement includes the hopes and dreams of the client, so your team can always be aware of it. This may just seem like simple planning. However, experienced project managers know it has a big impact on customer satisfaction rates.

 

  1. Develop A Risk-Management Plan

Every construction project includes risks. There’s always a possibility that you may run into budget problems, a delay with materials, poor raw material quality, or team turnover. Therefore, project managers must have contingency plans to help ensure the construction continues on schedule without any major delays. A risk management plan provides key guidelines on how team members should respond to changes. Construction is a long-term fluid project, and details often change. So, a good plan can help people maintain proper flow during projects.

 

  1. Implement A Communication Plan

Project managers are often the bridge between the on-site teams and other stakeholders like clients, company executives, and investors. They need to maintain proper communication with dozens of people at any given time, which is why a good plan is essential. You need to keep open, accessible communication that doesn’t disrupt a project but ensures everyone is on the same page. Establish efficient channels early on in the planning stages and make sure you have emergency communications in place as well. A good plan will help you avoid delays.

 

  1. Set Up Performance Metrics

Setting up performance metrics is a good way to track your team’s efficiency. This is vital for long-term and large-scale construction projects, where teams can quickly lose focus or become overwhelmed. To avoid this, a project manager must identify gaps in performance and implement procedures to help their team.

 

  1. Ensure A Quality Assurance Process

Large construction projects require quality assessments at every stage. Establishing proper control at every stage of a project can help you keep track of overall quality. This helps improve customer satisfaction rates while ensuring the design is sound.

 

  1. Set Up An Efficient Worksite

Your construction team will work best if your worksite is organized, efficient and comfortable. Figuring out traffic flow at the site and ordering equipment like dumpsters, restrooms, showers, and mobile office trailers help your team perform effectively. Experienced companies like Moon Trailer Leasing can help you plan in advance and provide you with the highest quality equipment.

 

  1. Establish Safety Protocols

Construction sites can be risky places. It is essential to establish proper safety protocols before starting work on any construction project. Plan how to respond to emergencies, provide safety training, and make sure everyone has proper safety gear.

 

Thorough planning can help you stay organized with your construction project. For more information about planning and renting or buying equipment, contact Moon Trailer Leasing today at 502-200-2315.

 

 

renting a portable office

Benefits of Renting a Mobile Office Trailer from Moon Trailer Leasing

Renting a Mobile Office Trailer

Mobile office rentals are a convenient option for many different types of companies. Probably most common in the construction industry, they can also provide a clean, secure and comfortable office setting for a variety of other types of businesses and situations. For example, portable office trailers are also a great solution for jobsite recruiting when a location is being built or remodeled. Additionally, they also work well for special events. Temporary situations like disaster clean up or movie trailers during on-location filming provide another great opportunity for a portable office.

Benefits of Mobile Office Trailers vs. Permanent Solutions

Mobile office trailers offer you a number of benefits that more permanent solutions cannot provide. One of the biggest reasons why many people choose to rent a mobile office trailer is speed. While a permanent building structure takes time to construct, a mobile office trailer is available very quickly. In fact you can oftentimes get an mobile office trailer delivered on the same day that you place an order. Similarly, it can be removed off site in the same manner, requiring little time and effort, and leaving behind zero trace.

Another benefit mobile office trailers provide, as their name suggests, is their mobility. Having a portable storage solution means that if needed, you can move the unit around a property or location depending on the circumstance. This can be extremely helpful in many different situations where the “best” location for the mobile office changes based on shifting factors.

Additionally, renting a mobile office trailer is typically more affordable than building a permanent structure. Mobile units are constructed to be very durable, long-lasting, clean and secure. In fact they are typically made as strong if not stronger than permanent structures.

Mobile Office Trailer Sizes and Dimensions

Moon Trailer Leasing offers portable offices in a variety of sizes and arrangements depending on your unique needs and situation. Portable office trailers from Moon include the following dimensions:

  • 20 ft. Ground Level Offices
  • 20 ft. Office Trailer on Wheels with Steps
  • 20 ft. Ground Level Office/Storage Combinations
  • 30 ft. Office Trailer on Wheels with Steps
  • 40 ft. Ground Level
  • 40 ft. Ground Level Office/Storage Combinations

Sometimes you might not be sure what the ideal mobile office trailer is for your site. Contact our experienced staff for detailed floor plans. This includes layouts for a variety of workspaces. For example, our 8’ x 30’ portable office trailers provide 270 square feet of work space. This works out to be two offices divided by an interior wall which has a standard interior door.

Choosing Moon Trailer Leasing for Mobile Office Trailers

When you choose Moon Trailer Leasing for a mobile office trailer, you are working with a locally-owned company that is 100% committed to excellent service and products. We’ve been proudly serving customers across Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee for over three decades. And we’ve built our brand around our tagline: “Ask for the Moon and get it!”

Our company stands by all of the mobile offices that we rent to make sure that you receive the quality and customer service you deserve. In addition to our office trailers, we provide OSHA approved steps to keep you safe and compliant. All of the portable office trailers have insulated walls, ceilings and floors. Other standard options our units provide include vinyl flooring and interior wood paneling. Our units also have fluorescent lighting, electric heating and electric ac units. Additionally, sliding windows and lockable steel exterior doors are the standard.

Contacting Moon Trailer Leasing to learn more about Renting Mobile Office Trailers

Moon Trailer Leasing offers portable office trailers for rent to companies and organizations across Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee. If you have more questions or are interested in a fast and free quote, call 502-776-2199 today.