Although shipping containers are designed and built primarily for shipping cargo via sea to destinations worldwide, their durability and versatility have made them a popular choice for many other uses, including use in remote locations.

Along with being used for storage, accommodation or office structures, shipping containers have become a common choice for use in remote locations, where building with brick and mortar may not be viable or possible due to terrain or distance.


The most popular shipping containers are the 20ft and 40ft containers which can easily be converted to suit your needs. By adding internal walls, doors, windows, decks or joining more than one container together, you can design whichever configuration you may need in your remote location. Placing containers on top of each other to create a two or three-storey structure is also possible.

Flatpack containers, which are collapsible, also make an excellent choice for using in remote locations due to their compact and easily transportable nature.


Designed for long-distance travel, shipping containers are ideal for remote locations because they can easily be transported via sea, train or truck to their destination. In turn, they can be removed once they are no longer needed. With being so movable shipping containers provide an instant and quick solution to erecting a secure, durable and weatherproof construction in any type of location.


Used shipping containers, which are the most commonly sought after for container conversions, can be acquired through shipping companies, container companies or through private sales. Providing a virtually instant shell that can be fitted with cladding, finishes, fixtures, and amenities such as power and plumbing, investing in a used shipping container will save you money when compared to the costs and long-term commitment to traditional building methods.


With no need to use building materials and construction vehicles which can have a notable impact on natural environments, shipping containers make for a good choice in ecologically sensitive areas. Containers are also non-permanent structures, which means that any destroyed natural habitat can regenerate once the structure has been removed. In remote areas where water and electricity services are limited to non-existent, solar panels and rainwater tanks are often used as a greener and affordable option to these requirements.


Accommodation: One container can easily be converted into dormitory-style accommodation, or separate units by installing internal walls to make private sleeping areas. This type of accommodation need is popular for semi-permanent camping sites, mining accommodation or fieldwork accommodation.

Remote site offices: One or more containers can be adapted into an office structure where a site office needs to be temporarily set up.

Ablutions: Shipping containers make an ideal shell for a temporary or semi-permanent ablution block to be fitted for campsites or for other remote locations.

Storage: Temporary storage in remote areas can be safely kept in a shipping container which is highly durable, weatherproof and secure. 

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