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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.

The doors of a shipping container

Shipping Containers: How They Are Made

Everyone relies on shipping containers – they haul goods all around the world. Shipping containers are a reliable way to transport nearly anything. So how are they designed to handle all of this work?

There’s an array of steps involved, and quite a bit of manual labor. Here’s a look at how shipping containers are built. 

1. Make Wall Panels

First, huge steel sheets are methodically cut to 8×3 feet rectangles by machines. These rectangular sheets will form the wall panels of containers. The sheets are then sandblasted and primed to remove any contaminants. Next, they are corrugated, giving them the wave-like texture that makes them so distinctive. This both helps increase their strength and makes them easier to stack. Roof panels and floor braces are made separately. Wall panels are then welded together, and square tubing is welded to the tops of wall panels.

2. Assemble Floor Frame

Next, two long I-beams are laid parallel to each other and welded to a number shorter I-beams that go between them perpendicularly. This forms a box-like frame for the floor of the container. 

3. Make Shipping Container Doors and Corner Posts

Doors are up next. Corrugated steel is cut to the proper size and welded to steel tubing around its borders; this creates a door. Each container will get two doors. Corner posts are then welded to I-beams, making a door frame. The two doors are then welded to the frame. 

4. Assemble the Shipping Containers

With all of the pieces created, it’s then time to construct the container. First, a crane lifts the door and lowers it to the floor frame, where it is installed by welding. Then, a crane lifts and slots in the wall panels, which get welded to the door, floor frame, and back wall frame. Last, the roof panel is lifted to the top of the container and welded on to complete the container’s structure. 

5. Paint and Prime

With the structure completed, the next step is to start the finishing touches. Primer is sprayed all around and inside the shipping container to make the container hold paint better, and get a slim layer of extra protection. Then, workers spray paint over the primer once it has dried. Several layers of paint are added in this fashion.

6. Fit Flooring

Keep in mind that at this point, there’s still no floor, just a frame! So, the next step is to install plywood flooring. The flooring is varnished before installation to strengthen it and prevent insects or pests from occupying the wood. Next, six finished plywood panels are fit into each container. Finally, workers drill holes around the borders of the panes and then attach them to the floor frame with steel screws.  

7. Add Decals, Identification, Logos

Any company logos or decals can be added to the sides of containers at this point. Workers apply adhesive stickers with the required designs or text. Additionally, containers are given unique identification codes, which are labelled on the outside of the container. 

8. Door finishing, Testing and Waterproofing the Shipping Containers

Workers next install locking mechanisms on container doors. They also waterproof the doors by installing seals around door edges. Next, the bottom of the container is sprayed with waterproofing sealant. 

After this, workers perform a test to ensure containers are waterproof. Containers are sprayed with water and then rigorously inspected on the interior for any signs of leaks. 

Check out this video to see all of the steps in action!

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.

Used Shipping Containers For Sale New Albany Indiana

Cargo Shipping Container for Sale New Albany Indiana

Moon Trailer Leasing offers new and used shipping containers for sale to companies in New Albany, Indiana.

If you’re shopping for new or used shipping containers for sale in New Albany, Indiana, or the surrounding region, Moon Trailer Leasing can help. We have decades of experience selling new and used shipping containers to companies throughout Southern Indiana and Kentucky.

New Albany, Indiana, is conveniently located only a few miles from Louisville, Kentucky. The total population of New Albany is around 37,000. New Albany is home to a variety of companies including PTG Silicones Inc., Graphic Packaging International and the Robinson Lumber Company.

Recognized as the county seat for Floyd County Indiana, a variety of industries thrive in and around New Albany with the most common occupational sectors including management, business, science, arts, sales and office work, followed by production, transportation and service.

Moon Trailer Leasing has enjoyed working with customers in New Albany, Indiana since the mid-1990s. Initially focused on trailer leasing, Moon has expanded into a much broader range of services that include: commercial and residential dumpster rentals, refrigerated container rentals, portable storage units, portable restrooms and luxury restroom trailers, warehousing storage, and grease trap cleaning for restaurants and other food handling establishments.

As a locally-owned business, Moon Trailer Leasing offers many years of experience and an extensive inventory of new and used shipping containers for sale and for rent. These include different container sizes, dimensions, features and overall condition, depending on your needs, plus office trailers for sale and rent. While the company’s experience

While many companies may offer used and new shipping containers for sale, it is rare to find a business as focused on customer service. Operating with the tagline “Ask for the Moon and Get It!” our company is widely recognized for going over and beyond to make sure all of our customers are 100% satisfied.

5 Reasons Why You Should Look To Moon Shipping Containers In New Albany Indiana

Our company specializes in quality shipping containers and this includes used containers and new ones. We have decades of experience finding the best shipping containers for your needs. Follow along for more reasons why you should reach out to Moon Trailer Leasing for all of your shipping container needs if you are interested in buying or renting a shipping container in the New Albany, Indiana region.

  1. Visit our storage yard. Before you buy or rent a shipping container, you want to be confident in what you are getting. Our storage yard is conveniently located just 15 minutes from New Albany, Indiana. Give us a call to set up a time to visit our offices and see our used and new shipping container selection. Our inventory is always changing and we are always adding new containers to our fleet.
  2. Talk to our container experts. We’ve got decades of experience buying and selling new and used shipping containers of every size and condition. If you are new to this business, reach out and talk to one of our team members. We’re happy to provide you with any needed details about the containers that we rent and sell and to also advise you on the best containers for your specific needs.
  3. Avoid rigid contracts. Many trailer leasing companies require you to sign rigid contracts. As a locally owned company built on the importance of relationships, we offer our customers flexible contracts like the ones we also prefer to sign. Depending on your needs, we offer short and long term shipping container rental plans. Our terms and conditions are based around what you want and need.
  4. Enjoy fast and simple delivery. In a hurry? Our team is ready to deliver your shipping container to your door. We work hard to provide fast service, and are often even able to offer same day delivery. Contact us now for more information including a fast and free quote over the phone.
  5. Rent or buy with confidence. Moon Trailer Leasing is committed to selling and renting clean and well-maintained containers. When you rent or buy a shipping container from us, you can rest assured that you are getting a piece of equipment that will do the job effectively. We stand by our products and also encourage you to closely review any container that you purchase so that you feel 100% confident in your decision.

Whether you have a business that needs additional seasonal storage, or you are on a construction site that needs a mobile office, or in the market for new shipping containers to send cargo overseas, Moon Trailer Leasing is here to serve you. We work with companies of every size throughout the New Albany, Indiana, area and would love to learn more about your needs, too. Please give us a call or send us an email at your convenience for additional information.