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The Perfect Workshop Solution

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Do you lack the space to work on projects? Is your garage crammed with stored goods? Are you a tradesperson who needs a mobile workshop? Whatever your requirements, an open side container could be the ideal solution for you!

A shipping container is a perfect solution for a static or mobile workshop due to its many functionalities of being durable, versatile and portable. An open side container has two sets of double doors which bi-fold open at the length side and has been purposefully built to open the entire container, which makes your working area a lot more versatile. The major advantage of having a side opening container as your workshop is that oversized equipment can fit in as well as utilising the container to a maximum.

At SEA Containers we also specialise in modifying shipping containers into mobile studios to suit individual needs. You can customise your container workshop, by designing it to neatly store tools and equipment. We can also install insulation and air conditioning as a cost-efficient solution. A shipping container is easily transportable and can be installed with desired modifications such as plumbing, electricity, shelving, racks and so forth.

There are many possibilities when it comes to designing and modifying your container workshop. For more information on designs and customising a portable workshop, do not hesitate to contact our friendly team of experts.

SEA Containers goes to great lengths

Friday, November 10, 2017

SEA Containers goes to great length to help each and every client. The family wanted a good secure container that was clean on the inside, plus a lockbox to store their household goods long term whilst building a new garage.

We gave them the opportunity to visit our yard based at the airport where they had the choice from a selection of containers. They chose the one that suited their requirements, their budget plus blended into their environment in a difficult place to deliver containers.

Firstly our Auckland Regional Manager did a site visit after hours to check whether it would be possible to deliver a container. As it was going to be extremely tough, a second site visit was organised with the trucking company coming to view how the delivery was to be tackled.

All in all … after a lot of effort from the SEA Containers team and swinglift transport company, the client was left very happy with the container in their property.

Aaron said – “Container is in. Really tight but made it in the end. The driver was really good. Never lost his cool or got frustrated at the back and forth to get in.

Thanks for everything."



SEA Containers new office

Monday, August 07, 2017

SEA Containers has recently moved into our very own modified shipping container on 124 Hewletts Road, Mount Maunganui.

Here at SEAContainers we specialise in shipping container sales, hire and modifications. We offer a various range of units of all sizes, including both new and used ones. Come see us in our new location to talk anything shipping container related in New Zealand or check out our website for further information.

Pop in and see us to talk about anything container related, we will even make you a coffee.




5 Storage Ideas for using Shipping Containers

Monday, November 07, 2016

Have you considered using shipping containers as storage units? Probably, not. There is an upsurge in demand for these containers as more people are discovering that they can be utilised for innovative storage solutions. After all, these huge steel boxes are the safest superstructures, therefore perfect as storage solutions.

Modified shipping containers are used in a variety of ways, namely; to store household goods, hazardous substances, industrial equipment and so forth. New Zealand is no exception. Kiwis are finding new and exciting means of using these steel structures. Here are a few storage ideas:

1.Store Car and use as Short-Term Garaging

Kiwi households have two or more cars and often don’t have adequate garaging to accommodate all their cars. Or garages are filled with boxes and other paraphernalia. Hence, you need extra space for your vehicle. Irrespective of what your requirements are, shipping containers are a cost-effective alternative to storing your car.

Kiwis are renowned for being adventurous travellers. You are about to embark on a journey exploring the world or are off on “The big OE”, and need temporary storage for your car, look no further, at SEA Containers NZ we offer a broad range of units both new and recycled ones. Not only are they less dear to purchase but are resistant to severe weather conditions and are secure.

2.Moving house and Safe Storage

Are you on the move? Are you moving house, downsizing as the kids have flown the nest, or giving your home a makeover and need to store your furnishings and other household items? Why not alleviate the stress associated with moving, and do so in a time-sensitive, cost-efficient manner by opting for shipping containers as a storage solution. It is portable and can be hauled onto a truck and transported to your new location. You have the option of hiring them or buying them, depending on your requirements. SEA Containers NZ offer an extensive range of sizes a per your needs.

3.Barns and Safe Agricultural/Rural Storage

Sheep farming is a significant rural activity in New Zealand, as well as cattle farming in the hills and high country. Shipping container storage units might just be the perfect storage solution. Are you looking to store your valuable tools, machinery and other farming equipment? You can design a barn using shipping containers as part of the construction. Providing a safe and secure place for your machinery and all your other farming implements and necessities.

4.Cold, Storage for Special Events and Businesses

Reefers are shipping containers insulated to use as freezers or cold storage. They are most commonly used for transporting perishable goods across the world. These insulated containers are an ideal storage solution for the events, restaurant and catering industries. These containers are transportable, adaptable and provide offsite cold storage for anyone who works with perishable goods.

5.Commercial Storage

Many businesses expand at some time or the other and might run out of space. A standard shipping container might be the answer to your storage problems, whether you need them on a short-term or long-term basis. They require minimal space, are stackable and can be used as onsite or offsite storage. They are on offer to hire or purchase and are portable.

For more information about shipping container, storage solutions contact our friendly team or fill out our quick quote form.

6 Ways to Keep Your Shipping Container in Tip-Top Shape

Thursday, November 03, 2016

“A small leak can sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin.

Shipping containers are designed and built to withstand a long, tough life of carrying heavy loads of cargo. These units are commonly constructed of steel, and preventative measures are taken to avoid corrosion. However, as with many things, maintenance and repair are essential and helps to prolong the life of the container. ,


Containers are exposed to corrosive salt air, knocked about when packed and stacked on ships, trains and trucks, causing some damage. It is imperative that you inspect, maintain and repair your containers, twice a year at least.









Here are a few recommendations on how to keep your containers in good nick:

1.Roof maintenance and repair

First and foremost do an inspection of your roof. Recycled containers often suffer damage from being stacked on top one another resulting in dents and chipped paint causing it to retain moisture which causes corrosion and deterioration. Safeguard against corrosion by repairing dents, and using good quality marine paint.

2.Assess, remove and treat rust

It is a misnomer that shipping containers do not succumb to rust and rot. While corten steel is high-quality steel, the wear and tear, does take its toll. Corten steel is resistant to corrosion but not rust proof, therefore require repair and maintenance. It is not such an arduous task. Ensure that you remove the rust, any openings to be sealed, and painted with high-quality marine paint to get more life out of your containers.

3.Inspect, lubricate and repair doors

Shipping containers have heavy duty rubber door seals. However, they do succumb to damage due to wear and tear. Check whether doors are completely sealed. Keep them free from grit and replace them if you notice any cracks. You should regularly inspect the moving parts of the door for any damage due to repeated use. Ensure that they are operational and secure. Keep door hinges, locks and seals clean by removing dirt and rust, then use lubricating spray. Container doors last for approximately 10-15 years before they perish.

4.Secure container on a level surface

Make sure that you install your container on a level, well-drained surface. It prevents water from accumulating and moisture building up, causing corrosion under the container.

5.Examine container modifications

Shipping containers are designed and constructed to resist corrosion and to be water tight. However, it does present challenges when it has been modified in diverse ways and structures, particularly when it is a recycled container. Examine the modified parts of the container, specifically where the steel is joined. See that it is clean and rust free. Repair any rust and clean any debris and treat it with the latest rust proof paint.

6.Maintenance checks on Refrigeration Unit

You will require periodic maintenance if your container is a refrigerated or ‘reefer container.’ Occasional servicing will prohibit unexpected downtime due to repairs necessary at inopportune times. It is best that this type of maintenance is carried out by a qualified technician.

If you would like more information on purchasing shipping containers, fill out our quick quote form or contact our friendly team of experts.

Modifying Shipping Containers

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

One of the world’s ‘strongest boxes’, ticks all the right boxes. Shipping containers are ideal for modifying to almost a limitless number of alternative uses. In keeping with New Zealand’s ‘clean, green’ initiatives, these steel structures transformed into top quality, eco-friendly accommodation, storage, workspace, bach, etc. is well worth considering.

We at SEA Containers collaborate with our devoted team of specialists in combining our expertise by means of:

  • Expert knowledge of containers and extensive engineering experience
  • Experience and specialists in structural safety and modification of containers.
  • Rigorous examination to fortify the project as per required specifications.
  • Excellent customer service and top-notch craftsmanship.

Whether you need to convert a modified container into a DG storage unit, a kiosk/retail outlet, accommodation units, we have the know-how and facilities to cater to your every whim, well almost. The possibilities are endless.

We take pride in working alongside you and being involved every step of the way. Ensuring that your project is of a high standard, practical and environmentally friendly. Here are a few examples:

Mobile Workshop

Shipping containers are the perfect solution for those requiring a transportable workshop. They are particularly effective when you need to service clients in remote areas. You can transform the interior, retrofitting it so that is fully operational. Additional shelving, tool cabinets specially designed to keep tools secure and in place while moving from location to location.

It is a no brainer converting a shipping container into a mobile workshop; it is movable, it can endure harsh weather and is adaptable to your surroundings. It does not require the laborious task of setting up. Instead, it can be used immediately upon your arrival. Therefore, ideal for mobile entrepreneurs.

Dangerous/Hazardous Goods Storage Unit

Are you looking for solutions to control hazardous substances? Look no further. SEA Containers offers ultrasecure, DG container options to manage agrichemicals, hazardous and toxic substances. We will endeavour to design and construct a storage container that not only meets your needs but complies and upholds HSNO regulations.

A few specifications for converted DG storage units:

  • Bunded floors for containment of substances.
  • Ventilation both top and bottom, minimising toxic fumes.
  • Pre-fitted with internal shelving/cabinets for DG goods.
  • Side-opening door (optional).

Kiosks/Retail Outlets

The versatility, robust nature, as well as cost-effectiveness of a container makes it a sought after solution to the retail industry. Pop-up stores, cafes, kiosks have become a global trend. The potential of these steel boxes is far reaching; a typical example is the Pop-up Mall in Christchurch following the devastating earthquake. Below are a couple more reasons:

  • Cost – Shipping containers are less costly to set-up and construct.
  • Event Kiosks – they are transportable and ideal for sporting events, concerts, etc.

On-Site Offices

Shipping Containers are perfect for site offices. They are easily hauled to your construction site or workplace. They are robust, secure and durable to withstand the elements. It is worth considering these steel boxes;

  • It is inexpensive.
  • It is easily transportable
  • It is easy to set-up and construct

Do you need a container for a project? Contact our friendly team or fill out our quick quote form.








Why you should buy Shipping Containers

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Whatever the reason you are considering purchasing a shipping container, whether it be for personal or business purposes, it is a cost-effective method to install a secure, mobile unit on a construction site, at your business place, in your yard or for any other purpose for that matter. Let’s explore the reasons why you should buy shipping containers.

  • Depending on your location, purchasing a new shipping container is a breeze, especially with a reputable company like SEA Containers NZ who have branches nationwide.
  • If you don’t want to spend exorbitant costs or your business is on a tight budget, you can buy used shipping containers and can achieve huge savings. While the quality is not the same of a new container, it can be utilised for storage and transport purposes.
  • Be aware that not all shipping containers are constructed of the same material. Opt for those made from corten steel. These will last longer and can endure catastrophic weather conditions. Bear in mind that shipping containers are designed to transport cargo across the oceans while being exposed to the corrosive salt air.
  • Purchase containers that have been graded to ensure that you obtain a unit that is secure, and suited to your requirements, especially if needed for long term use.
  • There are millions of unused shipping containers stacked in ports and shipping yards around the world that are now being put to good use. You can contribute in a small but notable way by buying these recycled containers and creating eco-friendly alternatives for these modified containers.
  • There is an increasing trend to use shipping containers as mobile farming. Many cities are becoming over populated, and access to land is becoming more difficult. Making it more attainable for city dwellers to get wholesome, fresh foods. Weather conditions do not affect the harvesting of fresh produce.
  • If you purchase a container instead of leasing one, it does not mean money down the drain. Companies are always on the lookout for good quality containers for storage and transport purposes. They are durable and robust and designed to withstand a tough life carrying cargo for over 20 years. Hence, if you no longer require the containers, you are assured that they have good trade value over time.
  • Investing in shipping containers gives you peace of mind when constructing a home, or a site office, small studio, etc., especially in areas like Christchurch, Wellington that is prone to earthquakes, or other coastal parts of New Zealand, as container buildings offer immense durability and sustainability. Your Intermodal Steel Building Unit or ISBU unit is sure to impress your insurance provider, due to its excellent safety and fire ranking. Therefore, don’t neglect to inform your insurance provider that it is an ISBU or Intermodal Steel Building Unit.

There are many advantages to purchasing a container due its adaptability and functionality.

If you would like more information on purchasing shipping containers, fill out our quick quote form or contact our friendly team of experts.



Reasons why Shipping Containers are a Better Alternative to Traditional Modular Structures

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Shipping containers are recycled and used in various innovative ways. Recycled shipping containers have transformed from the simple, durable box to creative designs. Are you contemplating as to whether shipping containers are a viable option in comparison to traditional modular buildings? Listed below are reasons why shipping containers are a more feasible option.


Shipping containers are made out of corrugated steel that can withstand being hauled onto ships and transported all over the world. It is unbelievably difficult to break into, therefore the most secure working space in the market.


Shipping containers have a lifespan of about 25 years on average and is still salvageable afterwards. It is highly unlikely that you possess a capital asset that has longevity and is still functional in 25 years time. The bonus is that it is relatively easy to maintain.

3.Weather-proof, Water-tight and Vermin proof

Storage containers constructed to ISO standards are designed to withstand severe weather conditions to safeguard valuable cargo they transport across the oceans. If you are looking for a durable structure, that can withstand the elements and keep rodents at bay; container structures will do the job.

4.Suitable Logistically

Due to developments in the use of intelligent logistics, shipping containers are inherently advantageous to clients. They are designed to be easily transportable via rail, truck, air or sea. Manufacturers are also incorporated logistics handling aspects in container design. In so doing, these durable structures are accessible to haul, shift and stack.

5.Constructed to dispatch

Expediting freight is the norm in the modular construction business and lasting; steel shipping containers provide several distinctive advantages in comparison to traditional modular structures. Here are a few examples:,

•Temporary, compact structures that are mobile

•Relatively easy and quick to install with no particular stairs, ramps, or skirting as they are positioned at ground level

•Uncomplicated and rapid turnkey electrical and plumbing connected onsite.

•Fitted foundations, therefore, no pre-installation or advance work is needed.


Shipping containers are designed and engineered to cart heavy loads and stacked in towering columns. They have standard height and length measurements, therefore, offer modular elements. If you have limited space, they are an ideal solution for a compact footprint.


At SEA Containers NZ we work in collaboration with a committed team who specialise in modifying and customising containers. We merged our talents and combined have considerable engineering and fabrication skills that allow us to offer a nearly limitless range of shipping container modifications and container solutions. We are also able to modify and convert containers for specified uses, namely;

•Hazardous/Dangerous Goods storage units

•Static or Mobile Workshops

•Site offices

•Retail kiosks/outlets

•Accommodation units and more.

Bear in mind that we will go over and above the norm and tailor-make it to your requirements. Whether, it is a slight modification, or complete customisation. We will partner with our devoted team of engineers and designers to cater to your specific needs.

For more information about Container Modifications, contact our team of experts.

Shipping Containers used as Urban Farms

Friday, August 26, 2016

Urban farming is a growing trend and is gaining popularity all over the world. Did you ever imagine farming taking place in a densely populated urban area? Is this the farm of the future? Is it a matter of “before you think outside the box, think inside of it?” Start-up Urban farms in the U.S. did just that. Daniel Kuenzi, an entrepreneur from Washington DC., is transforming derelict shipping containers into freight farms. Not only is he repurposing the surplus containers stacked in ports all over the world, but he is also giving momentum to fresh food grown locally. Let’s take a glimpse inside an Urban Farm and find out what the hype is all about.

Urban Farms – Their mission

According to the article posted in The Australian’s Business Review, The US. Food Tech Urban Farm exhibited the brussel sprouts nurtured and grown in recycled shipping containers at the Collison technology conference in Las Vegas. Caroline Katsiroubas of Freight Farms stated that;“Our mission is to create a more connected and sustainable food system.” “Everyone wants to be more, local, know where their food comes from and has a relationship with people growing their food.”

Urban farms offer freshly picked and reasonably priced vegetables and fruit. They bring the best produce to you in a used container that is highly engineered and equipped to allow crops to thrive and grow in your local community or just about anywhere.

Cultivating produce in recycled shipping containers. Where did the idea originate from?

Shipping containers are durable, versatile and stackable and can be relocated just about anywhere. Due to the abundance of unused shipping containers, it can be refurbished or recycled at a reasonable cost. As opposed to the traditional greenhouse construction, shipping containers gives you the flexibility to have a farm up and running in a shorter space of time. You can install and retrofit these containers within weeks rather waiting months or years it takes with its traditional counterpart.

Hydroponic method of cultivating crops:

Each of these farms uses the newest indoor agricultural techniques. These containers are installed with equipment to control carbon dioxide levels, temperature, nutrients and air flow in the water to nurture the crops.

The nutrients required by plants are water-fed through the artificial soil. The outcome is a remarkably higher yield in a shorter period than traditional production methods. According to Katsiroubes, it also uses 90 percent less water. Moreover, there is an application that allows container farms to be controlled and monitored from further afield.

These insulated shipping containers are modified to produce an optimum environment for nurturing and growing crops. In the future, with further advances can provide a container that is more energy efficient and ultimately become self-sufficient.

Restaurants use fresh, high-quality ingredients, ready to use. Urban Farmers can tap into the market and choose to grow crops that are in demand. They have the added advantage as the weather, climate and soil are not of concern.

Do you want to be at the forefront of urban farming? For more information on purchasing shipping containers contact our friendly experts.

6 Creative Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs using a Shipping Container

Thursday, August 04, 2016

We live in an ever-changing world, new technology, new ways of thinking, new concepts, in which art, housing, companies have to adapt to the ever-changing conditions. The growing popularity of shipping containers used for all kinds of businesses highlights the fact.

Shipping containers are so versatile and ideal for just about anything, namely; coffee shops, to a mobile self-service beer unit. The innovative and creative ways of setting up shop on a temporary basis are appealing to retailers across the globe. The temporary nature of these stores makes products or services accessible to consumers, as you can move from location to location.

In consultation with a reputable company who can give you expert advice on modifying and retrofitting the shipping container, you can use it for just about any business. Here are some ideas of retail businesses suitable for container shops.

Coffee Shop/Bistro

Entrepreneurs with good business acumen are looking at other alternatives from the exorbitant retail rentals and opting for cost-efficient shipping containers to launch their fledgling businesses. You can realise your dream of having a coffee shop more quickly and provide your clientele with a quirky and fascinating space for your coffee shop/bistro for those discerning coffee and food lovers looking for something different.

Seasonal Kiosks

These kiosks are fully equipped retail stores that can be transported to another location overnight. They could offer seasonal items, like Halloween costumes or trinkets for the festive season and the holidays. Pop-up kiosks are also a grand way of repurposing existing storage units.

Mobile Art Gallery

The GAD art gallery in Norway is an example of how innovative and imaginative you can be when re-purposing a shipping container, modifying it to design a practical and attractive art space. Not only is the semi-temporary gallery mobile, but it is also dismantled, transported and re-assembled again in just a few days.


A craft beer firm in the UK runs their business out of a 40-foot container. They opted for a container as their brewery as they could use the existing unit instead of starting from scratch. It is practical, flexible and offers more leeway for expansion than a brick-and-mortar location.

Market Jewellery Stall

Do you like unconventional spaces? Refurbishing a shipping container to house your valuable jewellery is a no brainer. It is durable and gives you added security. You also have the option to rent a container instead of owning one. You can customise and retrofit it to produce a beautiful space suited to your requirements.

Gardening Shop

Container shops are ideal for gardens stores like the one created above a car park in Melbourne, Australia. The car park, in the heart of the city, was transformed into an urban vegetable garden. The container shop has gardening supplies and equipment for the convenience of members. Do you dream of opening your own business, but the initial cost is astronomical? A shipping container might be the ideal solution. Contact our team of experts for more information.

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