Our structures are manufactured using ISO standard sized shipping containers, during this conversion, the container undergoes rigorous testing for stability and robustness. After being treated with special rust proofing and high grade industrial paint, the shipping container is then ready for the first of many processes that are involved in the conversion.

Dimensions & Weights

12m High Cube (40ft) - Length: 12.192m. Width: 2.438m. Height: 2.906m (Hi Cube). Internal Length: 12m. Internal Width: 2.11m. Internal Height: 2.650m. Floor Space: 27.732 sqm. Empty Weight: 3900Kg. Maximum Weight: 30 900Kg.

6m Standard (40ft) - Length: 6.05m. Width: 2.438m. Height: 2.591m. Internal Length: 5.710. Internal Width: 2.352m. Internal Height: 2.385m. Floor Space: 13.429 sqm. Empty Weight: 2200Kg. Maximum Weight: 30 400Kg.

Stacking Containers on Top of Each Other

12m Containers can be stacked up to 7 units high safely if they are all the same type. If you need to stack different types together then structural reinforcing may be needed to ensure stability. E.g. If placing a 6m on top of a 12m, a structural steel support is needed at the center of the 12m unit. If this is done incorrectly, the structure is in danger of collapse.

Shipping Container History & Interesting Information

The steel shipping container was first introduced in the early  1950's by the United States Army as a way to transport supplies in a safe and secure way.

The modern Inter-modal Shipping Container was a development between shipping tycoon Malcom Mclean and industrial engineer Kieth Tattinger. Their vision was to create an International standard design that could be transferred to different vehicles without the need to unload and reload cargo. This cause great controversy in the late 1950's. World standard of their design was implemented by the maritime organisation in 1968 and in full recognition of their design achievements, McLean was awarded with man of the year
and entered in to the International Maritime Hall of Fame. He later one similar accolades with Fortune Magazine.
  • Their are over 17 Million Shipping containers in the world today.
  • Over 10 000 are lost in to the sea every year.
  • 8443 Shoe boxes will fit in to a 12m Container.
  • Shipping Containers have identification licence plates similar to road transport.
  • 95% of all the worlds cargo is moved inside shipping containers.

Our Offer to Africa

We offer our ready made shipping container conversion structures to Global & South African corporate companies so that they can assist communities in need by deploying something genuinely useful and meaningful.  We also consult with Governments in the greater African continent to help them solve endemic problems. Our shipping container conversions are instantly recognizable and stand for quality, style and innovative design.

Active Country Availability

From our base near the busy shipping port of Cape Town in South Africa, our portable shipping container conversions can be transported with ease anywhere in South Africa as well as other African countries including, Nigeria, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Somali, Kenya, Tanzania & Chad.

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