Every shipping and logistics company knows it is important to carry out the best practices when handling containers at the warehouse and during shipping.
This is to guarantee the best customer experience for clients and ensure all crew involved are safe throughout the trip.
Below are some of the best container handling practices.
1. Thorough Inspection of the container:
It is best practice always ensure containers are waterproof, clean and not leaking. It is also important to check if these containers are leaking and ensure the doors are locked properly to prevent unwanted external elements from breaching.
Other things to inspect are the physical condition for holes, the date and integrity of its last repair and its ability to withstand the weather elements. Also the nature of the most recent cargoes removed from it to determine if there are chances it has holes.
Also, a proper check should be done on the weight of the container using belt scales or truck scales after all inspection.
2. Weighing all goods to be stuffed and un-stuffed:
Checking the weight of all materials to be stuffed and un-stuffed from the containers with reliable and well calibrated weights is a very important practice.
This will help ensure a container is only loaded within its capacity and ensure less damage in case of turbulence.
Among the machinery to be used for this process is shipping scales, floor scales, forklift scales, etc.
“Stuffing and un-stuffing” refers to the loading and unloading of cargo into containers.
3. Ensure all Containers are lashed properly.
To prevent damage of goods and the container itself, container lashing is very important.
This ensures the container stays static during transport and in tough weather conditions.
Depending on the nature of the lashing, a number of containers can be lashed to one block. In other cases where lashings are done singularly, secure them to the strongest parts of the ship’s structure and fittings.
The best kind of lashing is tight and short for a stronger grip.
4. Proper arrangement and stowage of Containers
One of the best practices that ensures containers reach their destinations safely is stowing them properly.
This is when containers are arranged safely and compactly so they endure the turbulence of sea transport with minimal damage.
During stowing, it is important to consider the features of the container and the nature of the goods in it (depending on the hazards they may come with).
Wet and dry cargo need different kinds of stowing. Not stowing cargo properly could lead to severe damage and losses incurred.
Bottom cargo will have to be the heavier material while lighter ones will stay on top.
Of course, the hazardous goods will be separated from others and placed in containers with compatible goods.
It is also important to ensure this separation is in compliance with segregation requirements.
Goods will be chafed if containers aren’t stowed properly, due to the motion of the vessel and sea vibration.
5. Ensure that all containers are secured properly.
The final practice to ensure your container is handled properly is ensuring that there are no spaces or loose packages on the top.
Securing the doors of all containers is important and ensure containers are arranged such that it is easy to identify the serial numbers for insertion on the bill of lading.
Overloading can be hazardous and reduce or totally avoid pressure on doors and from metals to other metals as this can cause a slippery environment.
Finally, proper documentation of the cargo is very important as it helps ensure all stuffed goods arrive in the same condition they left the port and there is no loss.
At BHL, our professional packing and container services, not only will you save time and energy, but can also rest assured your stuff will be correctly packed and labeled and that the space within your container will be efficiently packed.