There are many different types of offshore container to choose from and a range of companies who offer a range of offshore services as well as offshore containers to clients. It is important to get the right container for the job and also to make sure that it is fully certified and in line with all the relevant standards and regulatory bodies.
You will need to make sure that the company you hire the offshore container (or containers) from is reputable, well-known and offers a quality product and honest, great service.
What is an offshore container?
An offshore container is a large receptacle used to store a large range of things on ships, barges, liners and tankers off the shore of dry land. It is important that these containers are sturdy, stable, functional and safe. Sometimes things like gas, oil and other potentially dangerous substances and materials are stored in these offshore containers making it very important that they are reliable and secure. Often, offshore containers are used to store goods that are being transported. Usually, the owners of the goods do not want them damaged by the rolling of the ship, the sea water, the elements and even the air.
The containers that are used to store items while transporting therefore have to be very secure as well. Sometimes clients require offshore storage containers with multiple components, insulation, shelves or a range of other modifications. Some offshore containers are used for working in rather than storing things. Others still are used as offices, work rooms or as accommodation for people.
What types of offshore container are available?
There are a large amount of different offshore containers that are available for ships, tankers or liners that may require them. Some of these container types include the following: offshore mini containers, shelved offshore containers, un-shelved offshore containers, offshore office cabins, offshore accommodation cabins and offshore lab cabins.
What are the relevant regulatory bodies and standards for offshore containers?
There are several different types of standards for offshore containers. Which standard would apply to the offshore container you will use depends on its intended use. There are ABS rules which must be adhered to when building offshore containers. There are zone one and zone two classified cabins, AO and A60 fire rated cabins and there is the DNV 2.7-1 EN 12079 Offshore Containers Certification Standard to be adhered to.
Where can you find companies that offer offshore container hire?
There are many companies that offer the hire of offshore containers as well as many services related to offshore containers. One local company that hires out a large range of containers is Key Containers. You can view their product range or find their contact details on their website: www.keycontainers.co.za. A well-known, international container hire company is VG Offshore Containers International. They offer an extensive range of service and a large range of products for hire or for sale. You can find out more details about their products, services and where they operate from at their website: www.offshore-technology.com.
What to remember when hiring an offshore container
Wherever you hire your offshore container from, and whatever type of container you choose, it is necessary to remember that there are huge requirements and strains on the containers and they will be required to withstand a lot. You therefore want to be sure that you are hiring the very best quality offshore container that you can afford.
Because these containers are expensive, it would be a serious hardship if you found that after spending the money on the offshore container, it was not up to the job. You will not regret taking your time to find the right offshore container for the job. Make sure that any container you consider hiring adheres to the correct standards and does not have any flaws or faults.