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How to Protect Shipping Containers From Weather Damage This Winter

Shipping containers play a pivotal role in the logistics industry, but they take on a lot of wear and tear, too. 

Obviously, these hardy rectangular structures were built to last, but for shippers looking to extend the longevity of their containers, regular care is essential.

The winter is a doozy, with factors like frost and low temperatures taking a toll on shipping containers. Damages can lead to costly repairs and lost time, which in this industry are both akin to receiving coal from Santa. 

Luckily, there are tried-and-true tips to preserve container quality for years to come. We’ll show you the ropes in this post! Let’s get started.

Check the weather

This goes without saying, but in shipping, you always want to stay one step ahead of the weather. 

Utilize the efficiency and convenience of weather apps to track the weather in the region where your containers will be traveling. 

For example, in the Southeast (especially Florida) the winters tend to be more humid, with cold fronts that can render frost, rain and wind. Or, you get the real winter deal in the North. 

Knowing what to expect allows you to prepare your containers accordingly, especially if big storms are on the warpath. 

Inspect your heaters

Heaters are handy whilst containers are moving goods, but it’s not a good idea to leave them on consistently (cue your dad’s griping about turning off the lights in the house!).

Always keep heaters at a low setting and turn them off when containers are not in motion. When left on, condensation builds up and turns into frost, leading to damages.

Insulate the pipes

Depending on the type of container you have or what you’re using it for, if there are pipes located anywhere within the structure, then they need to be insulated before winter. 

Check out the insulation, and then touch up as necessary. Proper insulation will prevent frost damage from wreaking havoc.

Don’t overlook small moving parts

From locks to hinges and door handles to padlocks, all moving parts on a container need to be inspected and maintained. If not, frost can weaken even the strongest seal. 

Before loading and shipping a container, check that each moving part is functioning correctly. 

Then, apply a small amount of oil or grease as a protective barrier that will prevent them from freezing up during the journey.

How to Protect Shipping Containers From Weather Damage This Winter
Courtney L.
December 21, 2020

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