Mounting a comms mast to a shipping container

Mounting a comms mast to a shipping container

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James Way, Assistant Harbour Master and VTS Manager at Guernsey Ports, recently used Domino Clamps to secure communication masts to the side of their new Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) control room which is built from converted shipping containers. VTS is basically the equivalent of air traffic control at sea.

Comms masts mounted to a shipping container using Domino Clamps

James and his team are responsible for the safe operation of Guernsey’s 2 main commercial harbours in Guernsey. In the past six months Guernsey VTS has relocated into a new purpose-built building which was built for them by Inbox projects from converted shipping containers. James used the Domino Clamps to attach two masts to either side of the building. The masts support a variety of different aerials for radio communication in addition to vessel tracking systems such as radar. Although the masts are bolted into the ground they also need to be secured or stayed higher up, and so Domino Clamps were selected to secure the masts to the side of the building following a recommendation from Inbox projects.

Traditionally the masts have been bolted to the ground and stayed by wires to keep them in position but in this instance, because of the size and position of the new building, there were not many options to do this. Connecting Domino Clamps to the building in this way was the perfect solution.

James said, “The Domino Clamps were exactly what we needed, and we found the design excellent. The Domino Clamps were very easy to work with. We ordered 10 initially but we found that they were so useful we ordered more so we always have a couple in stock in case we need to bolt anything else onto the building in the future”. 

When asked how Domino Clamps could be improved, James said “I honestly can't see how you can improve them; we were really impressed with them. They were a brilliant solution to attach something to the side of the building without having to drill through the side risking damage to the structure. The most useful thing about them is that they attach directly to the universal fixing points on the container”.

When we asked James to describe the Domino Clamps in three words he said: “Convenient, Sturdy and Effective!

Great to hear from you James, thanks for your feedback!

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Comments (1)

Mark LaSalle

Brilliant product. A potential use is attaching light structure like the base channels of Steelmaster (in the Colonies, I don’t know EU brands) shipping container covers which are popular but currently require welding then corrosion treatment of the welds. Clamps besides ease and speed beats paying a mobile welder to drive to site. Bridging two clamps at container ends can mount stairs, decks and safety railings otherwise requiring welding or bolting to custom mounts.

I suggest checking military container suppliers (Sea Box in the US has an informative site) then reviewing their examples to see where Dominos best fall. The owner is Jim Brennan who probably doesn’t remember my name but I worked with Mike Sparks who he does know on BattleBox. If Jim’’s not already a customer I suggest sending a sample (a fine old custom that works).

Dominos could be useful attaching industrial and military fabric roof covers, shelters and components to containers for mobile maintenance facilities etc. Dominos could mount articulating jib cranes permitting movement of heavy items from outside the container on appropriately doored containers so end doors don’t block the swing or the load. While most container cranes are internally fixed that requires welding and fab to convert a plain container.

Your nicely executed Youtube video brought me here.

Regards, ML

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