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Cocoon modules out of shipping container prototype

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Some Greek companies are thinking already about the future and started to design a modular and environmentally friendly prototype of a modern dwelling.

The prototype features significant advantages such as having manufacturing up to 50% lower cost compared to a conventional construction, ‘smart’ low technology systems for day-to-day needs, and all natural sustainable designed furniture. the prototype has also been designed to maximize comfort, with brightly lit social areas providing views to the surrounding garden. the private sleeping quarters feature high quality mattresses. The manufacturing cost is up to 50% less than conventional construction.

They can be built within weeks in designated industrial spaces and can then be transported and placed on site. By using the modularity of the container they create ergonomic spaces of great design that can be expanded as legos do.

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π-ville 99 the experimental campus of Korea University in Seoul

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This project repurposed shipping container to expand student spaces in Seoul. It’s intended to provide additional areas for the university, creating alternating interior and exterior spaces, balconies, and enclosed spaces for different purposes.

The designers used disposed shipping containers to keep the original, raw surfaces untouched giving the building an authentic recycled look.

The stacked shipping containers are hosting a series of suitable areas for students, the spaces being divided into A-block and B-block. The first block contains the auditorium, the cafeteria, media room and open spaces for different exhibitions. The other block has the studio spaces, penthouse, open studios, meeting rooms and classrooms. The main blocks are connected through a few walkways with wide terraces.

How nice of them to reuse shipping containers for the youth to enjoy and have their own new campus and I bet it didn’t cost that much either.

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Conex box

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Today we thank for theirs service to all our military personnel and we honor our veterans. I know you’re probably asking what’s the connection between military and shipping containers, well you probably heard about the conex box, one of the many names of the shipping container.

The CONEX box was developed during the Korean War and was used to transport and store supplies during the Korean and Vietnam war. It was reinvented by Malcom McLean to form the standard Intermodal shipping container (often called an ISO box, after ISO 6346) that is used widely by container shipping companies today.

The use of standardized steel and Aluminum shipping containers began during the late 1940s and early 1950s, when commercial shipping operators and the US military started developing such units. During World War II, the US Army began experiments with containers to ship supplies to the front lines. Cargo was being delayed at ports due to the time required by break bulk loading and offloading of ships. In addition the supplies suffered from pilferage and in-transit damage. In 1948 the U.S. Army Transportation Corps developed the “Transporter”, a rigid, corrugated steel container, able to carry 9,000 pounds (4,082 kg). It was 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m) long, 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) wide, and 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) high, with double doors on one end, was mounted on skids, and had lifting rings on the top four corners.

After proving successful in Korea, the Transporter was developed into the Container Express (CONEX) box system in late 1952. Based on the Transporter, the size and capacity of the Conex were about the same, but the system was made modular, by the addition of a smaller, half-size unit of 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) long, 4 ft 3 in (1.30 m) wide and 6 ft 10 1⁄2 in (2.10 m) high. CONEXs could be stacked three high, and protected their contents from the elements.[4] By 1965, the US military had some 100,000 CONEX boxes, and by 1967, over 100,000 more had been procured to support the escalation of the Vietnam War making this the first worldwide application of intermodal containers.
More than three quarters were shipped only once, because they remained in theatre. The CONEX boxes were as useful to the soldiers as their contents, in particular as storage facilities where there were no other options.

The term “CONEX” remains in common use in the US military to refer to the similar but larger ISO-standard shipping containers.

Credits: Wikipedia

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Let’s DOCK INN at a beautiful container hostel in Germany

This hostel is located in Warnemünde, surrounded by the local harbor and shipyard. It’s the first upcycling hostel. this project is unique and outstanding.

The containers are painted in 4 different colors and furniture is made of natural materials. The hostel has 64 rooms with a total of 188 beds located in four different types of containers. 30ft HC is transformed into spacious double and four bed room, where two containers are combined together, to create the harbor suites and eight bed dorms.

Interior design, decor and furniture is made out of wood, europallets and other industrial materials repurposed especially for this hostel. In the galley you can prepare your food or read a book, overlooking the harbor.

What a beautiful way of recycling used shipping containers, can’t wait to see more of these and see people understand that we can build a cleaner environment.

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Is the Arctic Ocean set to become a main shipping route in the near future?

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Russia is looking to set up a state-run container ship operator to support its efforts to develop the northern sea route in the Arctic region.

There has been much debate on the adoption of northern sea routes in the shipping industry. In the past few months, major boxship operators including CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd and MSC have officially declared that they would not use the Arctic routes due to environmental concerns. Another three shipping majors, Maersk, MOL and Cosco, have all completed trial Arctic voyages in the last couple of years.

According to some estimates, Arctic ice is retreating to the extent that the Northwest Passage could become an economically viable shipping route. For shipping firms transporting goods from China or Japan to Europe or the east coast of the US, the passage would cut thousands of miles off journeys that currently go via the Panama or Suez canals.

An absence of sea-ice in the Northern Sea Route would lower the costs of shipping and potentially create opportunities, for instance in moving resources and goods between Russian Arctic ports and East Asian ports, that might not be profitable in the presence of sea ice.

So we’re looking at a new passage through the northern hemisphere, cheaper and faster between the continents. Who know what’s next ?

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Terrifying show in a blacked-out shipping container – Séance

Séance is built in a 40ft shipping container and debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017, some sessions had to be aborted midway so audience members could get out. The immersive theater experience combines the concept of a traditional séance with 3D audio technology and sensory deprivation; it blurs the bounds of perception and reality and can therefore be overwhelming– and terrifying – for those who take part.

Participants go into the container, take a seat and put on a head set. Leaving their hands on the table, they receive ‘information’ through the head sets for 20 minutes while sitting in complete darkness. This doesn’t sound too scary until you realize that the whole experience is more like a psychological experiment to mess with you, because though the only senses being engaged are touch and sound, the audio is designed to make punters conjure up imagery and question what is real and what isn’t. So, instead of genuinely conjuring the supernatural, Séance’s creepy weirdness comes from inside of your own mind.

Besides that it all goes down in the pitch black of a shipping container, the organizers don’t recommend it for the claustrophobic or anyone suffering a heart condition.

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Top 10 International Container Shipping Companies

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As of right now, around the world are more than 100 shipping companies that are competing for a place on the market. Most powerful ones we already know them, but it’s always good to know who you purchase from and who you compete with. You can see the full top 100 chart here.

Just to have an idea about global figures, right now in the world are :

  • 6,139 active ships
  • 23,468,120 TEU

TEU stands for Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit which can be used to measure a ship’s cargo carrying capacity. The dimensions of one TEU are equal to that of a standard 20′ shipping container. 20 feet long, 8 feet tall. Usually 9-11 pallets are able to fit in one TEU. This gives a volume range of 680 to 1,520 cubic feet for one TEU. While the TEU is not itself a measure of mass, some conclusions can be drawn about the maximum mass that a TEU can represent. The maximum gross mass for a 20-foot dry cargo container is 53,000 lb

  • 284,109,767 DWT

Deadweight tonnage (also known as dead weight; abbreviated to DWT, D.W.T., d.w.t., or dwt) or tons deadweight (DWT) is a measure of how much weight a ship can carry, not its weight, empty or in any degree of load. DWT is the sum of the weights of cargo, fuel, fresh water, ballast water, provisions, passengers, and crew.

As you can see below, who are the leaders in the business: ( the information below is based on existing fleet and overbook TEU capacity available on board operated ships )

A few details about top 5 biggest companies in the market

1 – A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S, also known as simply Maersk, is a Danish business conglomerate with activities in the transport, logistics and energy sectors. Maersk has been the largest container ship and supply vessel operator in the world since 1996. The company is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, with subsidiaries and offices across 130 countries and around 88,000 employees.

2 – Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC) is a Swiss-Italian international shipping line. The company operates in all major ports of the world. It is the world’s second-largest shipping line in terms of container vessel capacity.
As of the end of August 2019, MSC was operating 561 container vessels with an intake capacity of 2,621,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU). It has a division called MSC Cruises that focuses on holiday cruises.

3 – China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company, known as COSCO, is a Chinese state-owned shipping and logistics services supplier company. Its headquarters is in Ocean Plaza in the Xicheng District in Beijing. It owns 484 ships, has a container fleet with a capacity of 1,564,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), and a tanker fleet of 120 vessels. The fleet calls at over a thousand ports worldwide. It ranks third largest in both number of container ships and aggregate container volume in the world.

It is the largest dry bulk carrier in China and one of the largest dry bulk shipping operators worldwide. In addition, the Group is the largest liner carrier in China. In February 2016, the COSCO Group merged with China Shipping Group to form China COSCO Shipping.

4 – CMA CGM S.A. is a French container transportation and shipping company. It is a leading worldwide shipping group, using 200 shipping routes between 420 ports in 150 different countries, ranking fourth behind Maersk Line, MSC and COSCO. Its headquarters are in Marseille, and its North American headquarters are in Norfolk, Virginia, United States.
The name is an acronym of two predecessor companies, Compagnie Maritime d’Affrètement (CMA) and Compagnie Générale Maritime (CGM), which translate as “Maritime Freighting Company” and “General Maritime Company”.

5 – Hapag-Lloyd AG is a German international shipping and container transportation company. It is composed of a cargo container shipping line, Hapag-Lloyd AG. The container transport arm of Hapag-Lloyd AG is currently the world’s fifth largest container carrier in terms of vessel capacity.
The company was formed in 1970 by the merger of two German transportation/maritime companies, Hamburg America Line (HAPAG), which dated from 1847, and Norddeutscher Lloyd (NDL) or North German Lloyd (NGL), which was formed in 1856.
Since its formation, Hapag-Lloyd has been sold to many organizations and has also undergone numerous mergers with other companies. For instance, Hapag-Lloyd was completely acquired by, and became a subsidiary of TUI AG (Hanover) in 1998. This major event was followed by TUI selling a majority stake of Hapag-Lloyd to various private investors in Hamburg in 2009 and again in 2012. Other important events in the company’s history include Hapag-Lloyd’s acquisition of CP Ships in 2005 as well as Hapag-Lloyd’s merger with CSAV in 2014 and United Arab Shipping Company in 2017.
Currently, the companies shares are owned by several public and private investors, with the largest stake controlled by CSAV.

Thanks to: https://alphaliner.axsmarine.com & https://en.wikipedia.org

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The hobbit house by the lake

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In Cove Park, a well-known center for established artists on the coast of Scotland, having 50 acres of unspoiled hillside overlooking Loch Long. In 2002 Container City were commissioned to build three en-suite ‘Cubes’ directly in front of the Loch. Their facilities include six converted shipping container rooms as accommodations for artists’ retreats. The “cubes” all look out over beautiful Loch Long and were specially designed to fit into the surrounding countryside. The sliding glass doors open up straight onto the Loch for a seamless transition from inside to out.

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Dimensions of the most purchased and used shipping container sizes

Did you know that around 90% of the world’s cargo is moved by ships? There is no surprise that to accommodate such a variety of goods, there are many different types of shipping containers, each used for a different purpose.

USA Containers Co. supplies new and used shipping containers in a wide variety of sizes. There are numerous designs of shipping container, but the majority are what are termed “dry van containers”, these carry general freight. We offer from the smallest 20ft, 40ft standard, 40ft High Cube, to the largest 45ft High Cube, with regular doors or doors on both ends for the new boxes. Because containers are mass produced and designed for a harsh marine environment, they lend themselves to a cheap, movable, and secure storage unit. USA Container Co. is trying to help you understand better the inside and outside dimensions, so you can better choose the right type of container that meets your needs, whether that is for shipping cargo or for storage purposes.

20ft Standard Shipping Container – We have them Used or New

General Container Information
Capacity – 33.2 cbm / 1,172 cbft
ISO Type Group – 22 GP
ISO Size Type – 22 G1

Inside Dimension in feet
Length – 19′ 4 1/4″
Width – 7′ 8 5/8″
Height – 7′ 10 1/4″
Door Opening in feet
Width – 7′ 8 1/8″
Height – 7′ 6 1/4″
Weight in pounds
Max Gross – 67,197
Tare (Weight) – 5,181
Max Payload – 62,016

40ft Standard Shipping Container – We have them Used or New, on the new ones with regular doors or some with doors on both ends in certain terminals.

General Container Information
Capacity – 67.7 cbm / 2,390 cbft
ISO Type Group – 42 GP
ISO Size Type – 42 G1

Inside Dimension in feet
Length – 39′ 5 5/8″
Width – 7′ 8 5/8″
Height – 7′ 10 1/4″
Door Opening in feet
Width – 7′ 8 1/8″
Height – 7′ 6 1/4″
Weight in pounds
Max Gross – 71,650
Tare (Weight) – 8,267
Max Payload – 63,383

40ft High Cube Shipping Container – We have them Used or New, on the new ones with regular doors or some with doors on both ends in certain terminals.

General Container Information
Capacity – 76.3 cbm / 2,694 cbft
ISO Type Group – 45 GP
ISO Size Type – 45 G1

Inside Dimension in feet
Length – 39′ 5 5/8″
Width – 7′ 8 1/2″
Height – 8′ 10 1/4″
Door Opening in feet
Width – 7′ 8 1/8″
Height – 8′ 6 1/4″
Weight in pounds
Max Gross – 71,650
Tare (Weight) – 8,598
Max Payload – 63,052

45ft High Cube Shipping Container – We have them Used

General Container Information
Capacity – 86,0 cbm (3,037 cbft)
ISO Type Group – L5GP
ISO Size Type – L5G1

Inside Dimension in feet
Length – 44′ 5 5/8″
Width – 7′ 8 5/8″
Height – 8′ 10 1/4″
Door Opening in feet
Width – 7′ 8 1/8″
Height – 8′ 6 1/4″
Weight in pounds
Max Gross – 71,650
Tare (Weight) – 10,552
Max Payload – 61,067

I hope that will answer many questions and if you still need some answers, feel free to contact us and we would gladly help!

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Amazing Shipping Container House Design

Completed in May 2010, this 1,517 square foot, solar-powered house is located in Nederland, Colorado, USA.

This project questions the need for excessive space and challenges occupants to be efficient. Two shipping containers saddlebag a taller common space, that connects local rock outcroppings to the expansive mountain ridge views. The containers house sleeping and work functions, while the center space provides entry, dining, living and a loft above.

The loft deck invites easy camping as the platform bed rolls between interior and exterior. The project is planned to be off-the-grid using solar orientation, passive cooling, green roofs, pellet stove heating and photo voltaic to create electricity.

Credits for design and pictures: Studio H:T