The estimated value of the world’s sea-borne trade for container shipping industry is about 52 %, which is highest among all other types of trading means. Container or liner trade is one of the fastest and easiest modes of transporting cargo. With increase in size and technology in the shipping industry, the container ship is now able to carry more than 15000 containers, with around 8 or more containers stacks lashed together to form of long series.
However, container lashing, the process of securing containers together on board ship, is one of the greatest areas of risks in the marine cargo handling sector.
What is Container Lashing?
When a container is loaded over ships, it is secured to the ship’s structure and to the container placed below it by means of lashing rods, turnbuckles, twist-locks etc. This prevents the containers from to move from their places or fall off in to the sea during rough weather or heavy winds.
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Who Does the Container Lashing?
Normally Stevedores are responsible for lashing and de-lashing jobs in port. However, due to less port stay and constraint of time, deck crew is also responsible for this operation.
Before arrival of the port, ship’s crew normally de-lashes the container so that time can be saved in the port and the containers can be discharged immediately after berthing.
The container Lashing is regularly checked by the ship’s crew so as to avoid any type of accidents due to improper lashing.
Important points to be noted for safe lashing and de-lashing operation