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Container Repair Companies In Short Supply

Friday, 31st July 2009
Traditionally the shipping container repair industry recruited shipwrights and engineers from the docks. However with the demise of the docks in many locations and the lack of new workers joining the industry container repairers are becoming hard to find. A good container repairier must not only now how to weld and handle acetylene cutting equipment but must also have a grasp of fabrication and carpentry skills. With repair estimates generated by more and more complex computer systems the repairer must also be versed in ISO location, repair and damage codes. There is a myth among many that container repairs are something that just needs a swing of a hammer and a dab of paint. The truth of the matter is that most repairs to containers destined for marine use and to be loaded with cargo must adhere to the regulations laid down by the industry, CSC and IICL. There are strict guidelines as to what is considered an acceptable repair and the methods approved by these bodies have to be followed. At first glance a shipping container may just appear to be a steel box and for all intents and purposes it is. However the owners of this equipment have an investment to protect and safety to ensure. It is quite common for ships surveyors to reject containers at the quayside if they feel damages or improper repairs breach safety guidelines.

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