I have wondered what will happen to retired shipping containers . Made of thick steel, they are very strong and can last for years . What do you do with them when they are retired ?
There are basically two types of shipping containers : 20 ft and 40 ft. There are containers for dry goods and there are refrigerated containers .
I have seen both types of containers being used in Kuching : as construction site offices , and as stores .
I have seen an article where retired containers are used to provide accommodation for prisoners in New Zealand .
The good points about using these retired shipping containers as accommodation are :
- It would take less than 2 weeks to set up and be ready for use . We have a Prison in Kuching which was built in the mid 1990’s and is still not ready for use . If they had used the containers the Prison would be used by now ( just a slight joke ) .
- It is strong and requires little maintenance
- Extremely difficult for the Prison to escape as they would require electrical drills to make any escape holes at all
- Probably cheaper than big buildings .
- Just the correct size for a room and a table .
- It is mobile and can be moved and re used in another location.
I will give you some pictures of the 23 shipping containers Prison based in Rimutaka Prison in , New Zealand . The Prison is made up of 23 containers, with double bunks and some singles, to house a total of 60 prisoners .
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