Shipping containers are typically made of steel, specifically a type of high-strength, corrosion-resistant steel known as Corten steel. Corten steel, also known as weathering steel, is a group of steel alloys designed to develop a stable rust-like appearance when exposed to the elements, including air and moisture. This rust-like surface forms a protective layer, preventing the steel from further corrosion and enhancing its durability and longevity.
The steel used in shipping containers is of high quality and thickness to withstand the rigors of maritime transportation, handling, and stacking. Standard shipping containers come in various sizes, with the most common being 20 feet and 40 feet in length.
The robust construction of shipping containers makes them suitable for withstanding the harsh conditions of ocean travel, including strong winds, saltwater exposure, and rough handling during loading and unloading processes. Additionally, their standardized design and durability have made shipping containers not only a practical solution for transporting goods but also a popular choice for repurposing in various applications, such as modular homes, offices, and storage units.