It’s important to understand how shipping containers are made if you are seriously exploring the possibility of building a container home or other project from recycled containers. The intermodal container was first developed in the 1950’s as a response to shipping needs by commercial shipping operators as well as the U.S. Military.
In fact, the first ConEx containers were shipped in 1957 from New Jersey to Miami. By 1968, cargo containers were used to ship materials for U.S. military to South Vietnam.
Since the 1950’s there have been millions of sea containers built and shipped globally. Due to regulations, they are retired when they no longer meet shipping standards. Thus, the necessity of re-cycling them, since they are not easily destroyed.
There is a lot that goes into making each cargo container and understanding how shipping containers are made will give you a better idea as you move forward with your DIY container project.
Video – How Shipping Containers Are Made
Here’s a very informative video that shows the complete process of building sea containers from start to finish. The video was produced inside
a Chinese factory as the workers proceed through each step.
These particular containers are built for the company, Big Steel Box, which is a moving and storage company with many locations throughout Canada.