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Amsterdam apartment complex is made entirely of shipping containers!

Creative shipping container reuse ideas have struck again through a convenient apartment complex in Amsterdam, made entirely of stacked up containers!

The complex has been specifically constructed to serve as student and low-income housing, taking containers who have served their time on the sea and are now ready to serve their time on land.

The complex was designed and built by Tempohousing, who came up with the inventive project to provide temporary homes for those who needed it in Amsterdam.

As the complex is only temporary, the company had to come up with a way to build a quick and easily transportable home – hence the decision to use shipping containers, which can be easily moved around on trucks or ships!

After being used to transport goods for many years, the containers started off rusted and dented before construction began. But they have now been cleaned and given insulation, air conditioning, electricity, plumbing and other necessities for modern living.

The interior is described as compact, but surprisingly comfortable, perfect to serve as a place to ride out student life.

The complex is space sufficient as the containers fit together like Lego, providing plenty of homes in just one temporary building site. It is a great example of ‘cargotecture,’ proving that shipping containers can easily hold people as well as they hold products!

Tempohousing apartment complex, Amsterdam

October 26, 2012 at 9:30 am | Shipping container architecture |
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Refrigerated container hire can be used to store goods

Container hire can be used for many different reasons, one of which is to bulk store perishable items.

A refrigerated container is usually a standard shipping container – this will include the original aluminium t-floor, doors and machinery.

There are optional extras that can be fitted or may have already been fitted as part of a conversion or modification can include things like insulated butchers style cold room doors – these doors are easier to open and close and often have the option of an emergency release on the inside. Floors can also vary from the original t-bar flooring to aluminium chequer plate and resins.

Refrigerated containers offer a functional, weatherproof and extremely versatile way of storing your goods.

May 9, 2012 at 1:27 am | Container Hire Uses |
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Shipping Containers could provide a bar at your festival

With festival season fast approaching, the final touches are being put together for the various events.

One area to look at is refreshments for those in attendance. So, with this in mind, it may be worth looking into container hire.

Shipping containers can be converted into a mobile bar for festivals, exhibitions and events.

Conversions like these have been used to serve food and drinks up and down the country for years.

May 1, 2012 at 3:50 am | Shipping Container |
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Should you use 20ft or 40ft storage container hire?

It is important to make the right choice when deciding on what size container you will need before ordering.

A single 20ft container or a pair will be better for access to your contents. You will need a centre aisle if you wanted a 40ft, otherwise you will be wading through to get to anything at the back.

The location of you storage container hire will also be an important factor, as it will need sufficient space.

It is vital this information is kept in mind when hiring a storage container.

April 24, 2012 at 1:53 am | Container Hire |
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Man arrested for smuggling £60k tobacco in secure containers

A man was arrested after HM Revenue & Customs seized tobacco valued at £60,000 at Southampton’s container port.

The British man was apprehended on suspicion of trying to avoid paying exercise duty on the 550kg of fruit-flavoured tobacco.

Customs officers discovered the load hidden in a 20ft secure containers at the port on Wednesday.  The man was arrested in London the following day and released on bail.

HM Revenue & Customs spokesman Bob Gaiger said the tobacco had been found hidden in a container purporting to contain soft drinks and household goods.

He said: “The fruit tobacco appears to have been smuggled into the UK on a container ship from Dubai. This type of crime undercuts legitimate retailers and costs the UK economy around £2bn a year.”

April 16, 2012 at 2:49 am | Container Hire |
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Logistic and freight companies to transport container hire via railways

Most freight and logistics providers are keen to reduce their carbon footprint by using railways much more when transporting goods.

DHL, for example, will be using the rail network for consolidated freight containers which have to be transported from the transhipment facility in Bremen to the terminals of the different liner shipping companies in Hamburg and Bremerhaven.

Up to now, most of these containers were taken by road transport to the various sea freight terminals but by opting to keep goods off the road, the logistics company estimates it will be able to save approximately 365 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

The container hire redistribution facility in Bremen is one of Europe’s most important sea freight transhipment centres. It is the base from which around 7,500 consolidated freight containers are transported to the terminals of various shipping companies each year. With rail transport proving its efficiency in a trial phase, it will now be used regularly from the beginning of April 2011 onwards.

April 11, 2012 at 4:17 am | Container Hire |
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