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Driven by economic demands and industrial challenges, past inventions are often merged with modern ideas to produce empowering industry solutions. The Shipping Container Shelter is a perfect example of this; a dome-shaped weatherproof Fabric Canvas mounted onto Shipping Containers. This combination provides a versatile storage shelter facility that protects workers or equipment from harsh elements. 


The Invention of the Shipping Container 

We would not have Shipping Container Shelters if it were not for the invention of the shipping container. In 1937, American truck firm owner Malcolm P. McLean was observing workers unload goods. He noticed them using slings to transfer goods from his truck to ships and realised there should be a more efficient way to transfer goods from one vehicle to another. 

McLean envisioned a system where a single container filled with goods could be easily lifted on and off trucks and ships. After many years of refining his container system, he finally developed the first model of steel containers in 1956. 

In the years following, shipping industry leaders saw the potential of the concept and agreed to standardise the size of containers, to enable hassle-free movement of goods all over the globe. By 1969, every shipping line in the world accepted the ISO shipping container as standard. 


The Shipping Container Shelter

Eventually, the versatility and universal sizing of Shipping Containers led to them becoming a desirable element in a range of modern solutions – they are often utilised as storage space or even housing.  

Shipping containers also serve as a key element of Container Shelters. This type of shelter involves a polyethylene roof stretched over a curved steel frame, which is then mounted onto Shipping Containers. They are used to shelter heavy equipment, vehicles and workers during mining operations. Construction, aviation and agricultural companies also use container shelters to protect their assets from the elements. 

Most container shelters are customisable and can have other accessories such as doorways and end walls. Typical construction of a container shelter consists of two ISO shipping containers separated by the roof space and closed off with one or two end walls. Having a container shelter in your workplace provides your company with a heavy-duty shelter system that is easy to relocate. 

Container Shelters are a modern solution for all temporary storage requirements. They are characterised by their speed of installation, portability and versatility. Once fully assembled they become the sturdiest shelter that is cyclone-proof certified and designed based on AS1170.2.


Shipping Container Shelters: A Case Study

Many of the world’s leading mining and industrial companies and their supporting partners frequently utilise Shipping Container Shelters. These shelters are transported to site – anywhere in the world – in kit form, and can be quickly and easily assembled. They can also be dismantled and moved across site or off-site to meet changing work needs. 

Take for example the giant Wheatstone LNG project in Australia’s North West. At one stage during construction, it had up to 80 DomeShelter™ Fabric Structures on-site. These could be shifted around the site and then dismantled at the completion of the construction phase, ready to move onto the next project. 


A Cost-Effective Shelter Solution

The quality and durability of Container Shelters varies from supplier to supplier. Some offer fully customisable solutions that are engineered to withstand harsh conditions, but not all, so it’s important to choose a Shelter supplier who will work best for your project. 

DomeShelter Australia designs and manufactures all our Shelter Solutions in Western Australia to tough Australian standards. All DomeShelter™ Structures are engineered according to AS1170.2 and constructed using only the highest quality materials. 

Our DomeShelter™ Container Mounted Shelters can serve your company throughout the duration of your project. Our highly skilled team use the latest technology to create the most efficient designs. 

If you are interested in how a DomeShelter™ Structure can solve your workplace Shelter and Storage needs, submit an enquiry or call 1300 193 188 today. 

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