About Shipping Containers

Many people think the Shipping Container was invented in China -- not true. The first shipping container was invented and patented in 1956 by an American named Malcolm Mc Lean.

Although the ISO shipping container got it's conception and start through American ingenuity, the United States or Australia had no ability to either build shipping containers or the ships to carry them.

The first shipping containers were manufactured by Japan, Europe, then later Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Those countries accounted for about 90% of all shipping container production.

By 2000 China had become the largest manufacturer of ISO shipping containers in the world, and by 2007 China was producing 82% of the entire world supply of ISO shipping containers.

Benefits of Containers for Self-Storage

  •   Strongest building construction on the   planet
  •   Earthquake and Cyclone proof
  •   Fire, dust, water and vermin proof
  •   Vandal proof
  •   Strong non-corrosion Corten steel
  •   Extreme Security

One Trip Containers

The name “One Trip” comes from the fact that the containers are manufactured overseas, and are shipped with a single container cargo load. They are considered New, or Like New because they have not been used to ship freight abroad for years resulting in wear and tear and damage to the container. All Gold Coast Storage Co containers are one trippers so if you are looking to store your goods a One Trip Container Unit is the way to go.

Extreme Security - CUBBY/LOCK BOXES

The downside of padlocks as a sole form of security is that they can be defeated by tools such as bolt cutters. Container lock boxes are a great way to make it virtually impossible (or at least extremely difficult) to break in via the locks of your Gold Coast Storage® container storage unit.

A container lock box is a steel box that prevents your padlocks from being tampered with, these boxes are large enough for you to fit your padlock and key into, but small enough that they prevent anyone from tampering with your locks and cutting the shackle or shank. free padlock

All Gold Coast Storage Co containers are fitted with lock boxes and patrons of full containers can choose to use their FREE HEAVY DUTY SIREN ALARM PADLOCK in the cubby/lock box.

Container Dynamics


There are two door leaves each fabricated from two vertical rolled hollow sections and 2 horizontal c section members. The frame is infilled with corrugated steel paneling.

These are normally attached to the rear corner posts each with four drop forged steel hinge blades. The blades allow 270 degree opening which allow the doors to swing back against the container side wall.


The lock box is a steel box welded to the right hand door which overlaps a staple welded to the left hand door.Gold Coast Storage

A padlock, can then be attached inside the lock box through the staple and is then protected from direct attack, hindering attempts to gain entry to the container.


Each door is fitted with two vertical lock rods to enable opening, closing and locking of the doors. At the end of each lock rod (top and bottom) is a cam welded in place which engages with knuckles, also known as cam keepers. The action of engaging the cams to the keepers forms an anti-racking function.


ISO is an international standard which describes the identification of a shipping container. The standard is maintained by the BIC (International Container Bureau) and covers the serial number, owner, country code, and size of any given shipping container.


Rubber gaskets are fitted to the container doors during the manufacturing process and prevent water, dust and vermin entering the container.

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GCSC Containers are built to Industry Standard

Contemporary shipping containers are manufactured to a very high standard utilising quality materials such as Corten Steel. The paint is also of a high quality and applied in factory conditions. Door components such as seals and locking bars are also quality. The container is designed for a life in a marine environment and is manufactured accordingly. The doors of a standard shipping container are double doors fitted into one end and hinged so as to maximise the size of the opening when both doors are open and swung back. The doors swing back on the hinges almost 270° and can be secured to the sides of the container. The doors are secured in the closed position by two locking bars on each door which rotate so that handles drop into keepers and the locking bars are secured by cams top and bottom. The doors are sealed all of the way around with rubber seal, which means that the container is sealed against external conditions.