ISO tanks are storage containers that meet International Shipping Organization regulations. Originally designed for marine shipping, they are tough and strong enough to withstand harsh temperatures and environments. ISO tanks were initially used primarily for shipping, but more recently have been used as back-up hot sites and telecommunication shelters.
ISO tank manufacturers sell heated ISO containers as well as custom ISO containers if your business has special needs that won't be met by international standards organization tanks. If you are considering obtaining ISO tanks, you will need to answer the following questions:
1. Heated ISO tanks or refrigerated ISO tanks?
2. Buy or rent your ISO tank?
3. Modified ISO containers or standard ISO containers?
Buy used ISO tanksMany companies buy their ISO tanks used. Used industrial equipment must be fully inspected prior to purchase since many are sold "as is," which means if there is a problem that isn't detected until later, then it becomes your problem. Still, if you do your homework when looking at ISO tanks for sale, buying used ISO tanks can save you a lot of money compared to purchasing new.
Rent your ISO tankCompanies often choose to rent or lease their ISO tanks, especially if their tank needs are just temporary. Depending upon how often your business needs to transport goods, it may well make fiscal sense to rent rather than buy. You can lease one ISO tank, or an entire fleet, at a fraction of the price it would take to buy.
Buy modified ISO containersStandard ISO shipping containers come in 20' and 40' sizes and are made of steel or aluminum, but if you need larger or smaller sizes, ask for modifications. Containers can be outfitted with cabinet and storage systems, doors, windows, vents and electrical power supply.
- Some companies will allow you to rent to own your ISO tanks. Renting allows you to see which containers work best for your needs before you make the decision to buy. Specify in your rental agreement that you want an option to buy your ISO tanks for a reduced price at the end of your rental term.