On top of cargo vessels sailing across the oceans and lorries and trains chugging their way across the country, shipping containers are constantly exposed to sun, wind and water.
Even when they are safely docked at the port, shipping containers get a lot of beating when you move them around. They are not cheap, so if you want to make the most out them, you need to ensure proper maintenance. Here’s how to do it:
Inspect the Container Roof
The roof is the most battered part of a container. They can get dents or bulges when other containers are stacked on top of them. Pooling rainwater causes rust. Treat all rusty areas and use rust-proof paint. If the containers are on land, use a shipping container shelter to keep the rainwater and other elements out.
Remove All Rust
The containers should be clean at all times. Rusty spots are where all the container leaks begin. And if you find places developing serious rust, do not delay treatment. Remove rust and repair areas that have been dented or scratched out. Use a rust-proof treatment to prevent similar problems in the future.
Lubricate the Doors
Like all moving parts, container doors are prone to wear and tear. Use a commercial grade cleaning tool to get rid of dust, dirt, and rust on the door hinges. Lubricate with high-quality grease. Also, check for the rubber gasket that seals the doors to make sure it is still working properly.
Create a Level Foundation
Make sure the containers are placed on a level surface to prevent water from pooling on one side and causing corrosion on the underside. Placing multiple wooden or concrete blocks under the containers can do the trick.
Lastly, it is best to follow internationally recognised practices for handling and storing shipping containers. By closely adhering to standards, such as the IMO/ILO/UNECE Guidelines, you can make your shipping containers last longer.