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Driven by economic demands and industrial challenges, we often merge past inventions with new applications to provide empowering industry solutions. The shipping container shelter is a perfect example of this idea by fusing a dome-like waterproof fabric canvas together with shipping containers. The combination of these two items provides a versatile storage shelter facility that protects workers or equipment from harsh elements.


Thanks to the humble Shipping Container 

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

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

Two years later, shipping industry leaders agreed that it was necessary to standardise the size of the containers in order to enable hassle-free movement of goods all over the globe. By 1969, every shipping line in the world accepted the ISO shipping container.


The Shipping Container Shelter

Aside from its role in the shipping industry, shipping containers also serve as a key element of container shelters. This type of shelter uses a steel framework and polyethylene fabric stretched over the framework. 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. The use of container shelters is characterised by their speed of installation, portability and versatility. They are easy to mount and once fully assembled in your workplace, they become the sturdiest shelter that is cyclone-proof certified and designed based on AS1170.2.


Shipping Container Shelters: A Case Study

Some of the world’s leading mining and industrial companies and their supporting partners are big users of Shipping Container Shelters. These shelters are shipped 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 Buildings 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

To ensure that the container shelters you have at your worksite are of high quality, contact DomeShelter Australia. Our DomeShelter™ Container Mounted Shelters can serve your company throughout the duration of your project. We have highly skilled builders that use the latest technology to create the most efficient designs.

Our DomeShelter™ Container Shelters include combination post-mounted shelters and container-mounted shelters. Our DomeShelter™ Container Mounted Shelters (CMDS) provide a cost-effective solution for your company’s shelter and storage needs. Our domes fit securely on standard shipping containers while encouraging reduced heat build-up and better airflow.

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