22 Jun 2018
Loading or stuffing a container is a very involved process.
What do you as the loading party, need to take in to account? Allow us to explain.
- The 7 point check
The container should be checked on the following 7 points: front wall, left side, right side, floor, roof / ceiling, doors (outside and inside), outside and bottom
You have to check whether the container is intact, clean, dry and if the twist locks are usable. The dimensions must also be checked to ensure that for example, there is no double wall.
- Distribution of the cargo weight
The weight of the cargo must be distributed equally over the floor of the container. Make sure that the cargo is distributed, so that the bulk of the weight is as close as possible to the longitudinal axis. Heavier goods must be loaded on the bottom and the lighter goods go on top.
- Loading, lashing and securing
Cargo must be lashed seaworthy. This prevents the cargo from slipping, rolling or tilting. Such issues can cause damage to the goods, or may even cause dangerous situations on the road. If secured correctly, then in the event of an emergency stop or sudden extreme weather conditions, the cargo will remain in place.
Lashing and securing can be done in different ways, for example with straps, chains or ropes. In addition, dunnage can be used to fill gaps between the cargo.
The cargo should not be affected by the opening or closing of the container doors.
- Maximum loading weight
Each container carries a CSC plate, which states the maximum payload of that particular container. The official guidelines on weight of the country where the container is travelling, should also to be taken into account.
- Container seal
When the doors are closed after loading, a container seal must be affixed to them. Also known as, a High Security Seal, this tool prevents unnoticed theft from the container.
Seals should preferably be affixed to both the left and the right door. For verification, the seal numbers are stated on the Bill of Lading.
There are special regulations for the loading of dangerous goods.
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