Our customer owns 82 plus shipping containers in East Granby, Connecticut.
Its units were old, decrepit, and no longer CSC certified for
international shipping. With the Rio 2016 Olympics looming, and the
need to ship its telecommunications equipment abroad, our customer had
to find a reliable shipping container refurbishment company that could repair, paint,
and re-certify its shipping containers on time.
Moreover, the goal was to give these containers a new lease on life
for another ten plus years so that they could be reused at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter
Olympics, the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, and the Beijing 2022
Non-negotiable Project Deadline
When many large-scale projects miss their completion dead-line (for
instance, a dam is not completed before the rainy season begins),
the worst consequences are generally limited to budget overruns.
Failure of meeting the final deadline for completion generally does
not equate to the failure of the entire project.
However, when catering to the Olympic games, there is zero margin
for error and delays. The Games will commence on a given date irrespectively. Thus, the success
of this container refurbishment project would be a key element for
ensuring that our customer's telecommunications infrastructure could be
deployed timely for the internationally televised broadcast of the
2016 Rio Games.
Key Deliverables within a Tight Time Frame:
The physical integrity of the refurbished containers would need
to meet the "Cargo Worthy" grade, or the quality standard that
containers need to meet before steamship lines will move them
It would be imperative that the refurbished containers be
issued with valid CSC certifications and that the proper decals
and plates be attached to the equipment. CSC is an international
container identification standard administered and monitored by
the Bureau International des Containers (BIC) which
identifies all containers in service and their respective owners
world-wide. Containers without valid CSC markings could simply
not have been permitted to be shipped to Rio.
- Shipping Container "No-Man's Land."
East Granby is located just north of Hartford, Connecticut, and a
hundred plus miles away from any major US shipping ports and
container repair facilities.
This meant that our customer would have had to have its equipment
shipped to Boston or New Jersey for refurbishment and then back to
East Granby at very substantial cost. In fact, the cumulative cost
of repairs and transport could have easily surpassed the cost of
simply purchasing entirely new containers. However, purchasing new
units would have had serious downsides: Our customer would have been
left with 82 surplus containers with no takers, and the prospect of
paying indefinite storage expenses for equipment it did not need.
Faced with this dilemma, our customer turned to ModalART for help in late
2014. ModalART was asked to provide services, and a repair facility
that met all of the below criteria:
Factory building in close proximity to East Granby which is
outfitted with an extensive air filtration system that is in
full compliance with the legal requirements of the Clean Air
Act, and Connecticut building codes pertaining to industrial
manufacturing, and, of course fully licensed and insured;
Operations with extensive industry expertise in shipping
container repair and re-certification capabilities, plus the ability to ramp
up production to guarantee that the final deadlines would be met
Short and medium-term availability of qualified and experienced personnel
that would be fully dedicated to meeting project deadlines and
capable of meeting customer's discerning quality standards,
Solution and Implementation
After many months of project planning iterations,
the project processes were structured and mutual
responsibilities of collaboration defined,
an execution plan was laid out; deliverables and project
benchmarks defined, and
the legal framework agreed upon.
ModalART dedicated a plant to this project that not only met, but
even surpassed facility specifications. Just a few miles away
from our customer's warehouse, our factory was geared toward the repair
and modification of reefers (refrigerated containers) and could
render refurbishment services at the highest degree.
The stage was set to have ten units refurbished, and transported to
and fro from our customer's facilities to ModalART's factory on a weekly
basis. In the meantime, ModalART manufactured new container
identification plates in the Midwest that conformed to CSC
standards. They were subsequently attached to the containers and
ensured that our customer's containers had a smooth transit to Rio
and back to the USA.
ModalART completed the entire project on schedule, on budget, and to
the full satisfaction of customer.