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COSCO shipping container, managed by Florens, at the depot in Denver, Colorado.

COSCO shipping container, managed by Florens, at the depot in Denver, Colorado.

A Yang Ming container ship being unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles - pretty interesting to watch.

Visited London’s latest shipping container conversion project last weekend - Wahaca Mexican Restaurant near the South Bank Centre on the south side of the river.

Yang Ming container, sitting in Denver, Colorado

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staticonthesignal asked: Can a small forklift, like one rented from a hardware store, lift empty containers? And are there any reinforced variants of the 10' containers? I'm wondering if they can be used as a storm shelter without being buried.

A rented forklift might be able to lift a 20’ container, but probably not a 40’ container.  A 20’ weighs around 4,600 lbs, a 40’ closer to 6,000 lbs.

10’ containers, or “duo-cons” are harder to come by and can be pretty expensive.  Reason being, all ports are geared for 20’  or 40’ units, so to move a 10’ unit they weld two units together, which adds a lot more material.  Now, to answer your question:  You might be able to find a reinforced 10’, but it would be done after market.  If it were up to me, I’d take a 20’ and be creative with building banks around it and anchoring it down.

If you still have questions feel free to ask.

You can’t see it from this angle, but many of the new HLXU boxes have a steel floor.

You can’t see it from this angle, but many of the new HLXU boxes have a steel floor.

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Anonymous asked: how much is 40' shipping container?

It really depends on the age, condition, and location.  In general, a cargo worthy, used 40’ can start at $2000 and go up from there.  A new 40’ would start at around $4500.