Cargo Enclosures

Marine Fabric Shelters

Fabric Shelters for Cargo Enclosures

Cargo is the sole reason for the existence of many ports and marine docks. Containers are filled, emptied and transported on a daily basis, but all that cargo does not get shipped immediately upon arrival.

Cargo often stays in the hands of the shippers or receivers for several days or weeks until the proper transportation is arranged and arrives. In addition, once the containers are loaded onto a ship or barge, they are totally exposed to the elements, which could be a problem in the case of vented or open-top containers.

Fortunately, our custom fabric buildings can be utilized in various manners and environments to solve an array of challenges cargo transportation and protection presents.

Customized Cargo Container Fabric Building Solutions

Cargo containers have been in regular use since the 1950s and are often referred to as intermodal containers because they can be transported by several means, including truck, train, plane, barge and ship. The most common shipping containers used in marine transport are made of steel and are often in a position where the weather takes its toll on their integrity.

When containers are loaded onto or unloaded off of a ship, they are completely exposed. If the containers are vented or have open tops, then rain, snow and wind may adversely affect the contents. In addition, some cargo may not arrive pre-packed into containers. As this cargo awaits transport, some form of protection is required.

Big Top Manufacturing’s fabric shelters provide a range of protection, for both cargo in transition, as well as the containers that eventually are used to mobilize it. Cargo enclosures are the perfect way to keep shipments from becoming damaged, and our experienced team can provide the in-depth evaluations and recommendations you need to fully customize your cargo container fabric building solution.

Shipyard Enclosure Tension Fabric Structure

One great benefit to our shipyard enclosures is that Big Top fabric shelters can be installed as either permanent or temporary fixtures, depending on the current work processes under way at your shipyard.

These fabric enclosures can be freestanding, installed on one of our custom designed and manufactured frames or supported on the sides by shipping containers. Freestanding enclosures have high walls that support the top frame while container shelters consist of an arched roof that is supported on each side by a 20-foot or 40-foot container.

Shipping containers are abundant on shipyard sites, and as such, they make economical and convenient foundations for our tension fabric applications in these environments.

Fabric Shelters for Shipboard Enclosures

Big Top Manufacturing has cargo enclosures available that can be erected onboard barges or container ships. This type of structure is secured to the deck of a vessel, and it creates an enclosed space that can be used to protect cargo or as a covered work area.

When the fabric structure is no longer needed, it can be quickly disassembled and stored below deck. Depending on your project’s scope and storage ability, our designers and manufacturers can help you create the best fabric building solution possible. We also offer onsite evaluation services if your project demands it.

Aboard ships that carry valuable or more delicate cargo, our onboard fabric structures provide an added layer of protection. High winds, salt spray, water-born storms and even the damage-causing exhaust of ships can be kept at bay by our durable fabric structures.

Benefits of Big Top Fabric Building Cargo Enclosures

Big Top cargo enclosures are known for being able to withstand even the harshest marine environments in regions throughout the world. The simple, few-step installation process requires only general mechanical knowledge, and the fabric structures are completely mobile. Our applications can be installed on various foundations – from the shipyard ground to the deck of a boat – and we offer many designs to accommodate your mobility and assembly needs. Additional benefits include:

  • Durable, zinc-coated steel frames
  • Lightweight, fabric coverings
  • Accepts light systems and rail systems
  • Customizable end walls and doorways
  • Flame and weather resistant

Whatever your shipyard or cargo enclosing fabric shelter needs, we invite you to contact our team to explore your best solutions.