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Containerships Over 20,000 TEU – What’s The Push Behind Building Bigger?

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After five years where containerships seemed to stabilise in size at a capacity of around 18,000 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) in size, shipping companies are building bigger again. Now the biggest containership has a capacity of nearly 21,500 TEU. What’s the push behind building bigger? Economies of scale – the bigger the ships, the…

Lifeboat Station In a Shipping Container?

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We’ve touched on some great uses for shipping containers here at the Gateway Gazette. Here’s one of the most purposeful: a lifeboat station in a shipping container. This isn’t some rusty box dragged onto a beach, but is one where the entire lifeboat station and boat are built in the UK and donated to countries…

Grid Batteries in Shipping Containers – Renewables are Here to Stay!

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In September 2016 there was a statewide power outage across South Australia. Renewable energy haters leapt into the fray, wrongly blaming the wind energy supplying the grid in the storm. Much to the chagrin of the renewable energy haters, the solution to the problem was found in a Tesla battery system and not a new…

Local Officialdom Meets Shipping Container Architecture

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Here at Gateway Container Sales we love shipping container architecture! Shipping containers are a quick, cheap, effective and environmentally sustainable way of building new homes. Not everyone thinks like us. Councils around the world are the ultimate arbiters of whether you will end up building your shipping container home, and sadly this won’t always happen….

The Ikea of Architecture? The ‘Shipping Container Garden’ in Palm Springs

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Architectural practices around the world have leapt into shipping container design as a modern, fashionable and apparently sustainable way of building a range of things we use in our lives. Where the US architecture firm Architectural Blue differs is that they are building a 1.3 acre site that physically showcases some of the ways that…

China Takes Steps to Make Containers More Environmentally Friendly

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China’s government has made a move to reduce the environmental impact of shipping containers. This has temporarily ceased 70% of new container production and will put the price up on new containers. The good thing is that those workers making the containers won’t be exposed to dangerously high levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in…