CARGO SECURING IN CONTAINERS – ONE-WAY SECURING
Containers are increasingly being used as load carriers. By using a container the risk of the goods moving during transport is reduced as it can be blocked by the stable container walls. Cargo shifting can damage the cargo, but also, in a worst case scenario, create chain reactions that put both the ship and its crew at risk. If the cargo shifts this can cause serious injury during unloading if it falls out when the doors open.
In addition to mass forces, another major problem is moisture, which can cause rust, mould and damage to packagings. 10% of all transit damage in containers is moisture-related.
Insurance companies and inspection authorities estimate that the cargo in at least half of all containers is inadequately secured. The value of related cargo damage is estimated at a massive 500 billion USD annually. Why should this be the case when adequate cargo securing is such a profitable investment and a cheap precaution? Poor knowledge is probably the main problem, but another reason is that many take a narrow view of the costs of stowage and lashing, instead of seeing them from a wider perspective. Sooner or later, costs will arise somewhere else.
Various regulations exist for cargo securing in containers, depending on the transport mode. If inter-modal transport is used, the regulations for each transport mode must be followed. The CTU Code of Practice issued by the IMO is the most central set of regulations. Special regulations exist for hazardous goods. For more detailed information, visit the International Maritime Organisation.
Forankra has a wide selection of relevant products and tools for cargo securing in containers. Remember that the goods must be stowed correctly and that the cargo securing material must be chosen and used in the correct way, which requires good knowledge. Feel free to contact Forankra Pritchard for advice and recommendations.
There are many regulations for ensuring cargo securing in containers. Contact us to discuss how you can secure your cargo in the optimal way.
Forankra Pritchard offers several services in cargo securing for containers:
• Customized products and solutions