Shipping industry blog

The Maritime shipping industry is one of the key building blocks in the world trade system with over 80% of goods being moved by sea. With some 18.1 million units equaling 438.9million tons of goods being handled by the UK ports in 2020 it is a thriving global business. Demand has only risen on the back of a surge in e-commerce over the pandemic, heightening the urgency of shipping industry to deliver large numbers of goods on time. Shipping container numbers have grown massively which has also raised the frequency of hazards which can be costly if incurred.

Such hazards/ issues are diverse in nature as well as in cause. Criminal or nefarious purposes in the form of thefts or tampering of containers, accounts for 15% of cargo theft across Europe. Ill practices or inadequate security solutions can also lead to exacerbated issues. In recent years as much as 23% of cargo claims have been related to temperature or humidity issues. Other issues such as poor packing of containers has led to 28% of claims being because of physical damage whilst in transit. Also, unbalanced loads have contributed to a staggering number of containers lost overboard. With numbers of lost containers reaching over 3,000 last year and over 1,000 in the first quarter of this year alone.

Finding the right solutions to deal with the problems in the container supply chain is a tough task. There are many types of products that serve different purposes for securing goods for transit which are as follows.

Shipping Container Security Step by Step:

Preparing the Pallets and Goods

Before loading the goods into the container, they can be prepared to limit movement and prevent thefts.

This product allows the palletized goods to be compressed to limit movement, as well as prevent the goods becoming unbalanced that can lead to stress on goods or unbalance container loads.

Pallet label

Pallet labels are large and used to provide enhanced security for wrapped or banded pallets by protecting the goods to prevent unwrapping. This label provides a tamper evident security message on the application if removed, clearly alerting the user when inspected.

Shipping Container Loading and Securing Pallets

Securing the goods inside the shipping container requires solutions that are the right size to properly brace the goods, but also possess the required tensile strength and conditioning under pressure to handle the loads requirements.

Our lashing systems are available in various types to provide different strengths to meet requirements as well as having different points to secure within the containers. The woven 2-point lashing systems are used to brace the goods by tensioning the strap between both sides of the container at the various lashing points throughout the container for flexible application. This system provides a linear strength of up to 5000daN with strap widths ranging from 32mm-40mm, as a result system is DNV GL for load restraint assemblies so is assured to secure your cargo above the break strength requirements.

The N5 lashing system is a preassembled system that anchors itself to 4 lashing points with sewn on hooks to secure the container doors preventing forward movement or goods spilling out when unloading container. This system is easy to handle and is available in two lengths 2400mm long ribbon is for use in standard height containers and the 2600mm long ribbon is used for high cube containers.

We provide dunnage bags in both woven and paper options that are available in a range of sizes from 60x90cm to 120x225cm allowing a perfect fit for the type and size of cargo that needs securing. These bags allow excellent air tightness under pressure making them ideal for filling voids preventing movement or tilting in transport even under shock. These solutions also have the benefit of using a mega flow Venturi inflator increasing air-fill efficiency by 30-40% using less compressed air for fast inflation. As well as the plastic used in these bags is 100% recyclable and environmentally friendly.

Shipping container Environmental protection and Monitoring

Long haul container journeys can be exposed to multiple conditions that can affect the temperature or humidity within the container which can have repercussions for the goods. Taking steps to stop this requires the right solution, with effective data to track and monitor any issues.

The MOST device is a cargo monitoring device that is placed inside the shipping container when fully loaded. Once pre-calibrated with the acceptable parameters, this sensor will track position, light, temperature, shock, and humidity allowing customized alerts whenever the levels are infringed. The device uses a GSM modem network for updated reports throughout the journey for measurement of all external influences. It supports the optimization and protection of the supply chain by highlighting potential issues with accurate date which can then be used to take proactive action if required.

We supply container desiccant bags that are available in bag or pole form that allow easy application by simply lying them onto of the goods or hanging them from lashing points. This solution absorbs the excess moisture in the air allowing control of the humidity that is caused by changes in the internal temperature of the container. This prevents the issues caused by prolonged exposure to moisture such as damages to packaging or labels as well as the development of mold or mildew that spoils goods.

Securing Closed Doors for Transit

Once the goods are secured within the container secure locking of the doors is paramount. There are various solutions which offer different features and benefits. Mega Fortris supply a full range of ISO 17712 clause 5 & 6 certified, C-TPAT Compliant and UK Customs accepted seals that are ideal.

This Bar security seal is made from high-strength steel that is used to secure the containers central bars using adjustable locking positions and a bolt seal allowing greater flexibility when sealed. It features identical sequential numbers on the bar and bolt seal which are etched with permanent laser marking for improved security.

Bolt Seals

This Container Bolt seal features a metallic pin and bush to provide high strength for increased security, with the option of an angled or straight pin. This seal is etched with permanent laser marking for serial number, barcodes and customer name/logo’s which cannot be removed or replaced.

The Klicker 2K features hardened steel pin and bush that is over-molded in high impact ABS which provides a high level of tamper evidence. The ABS material will discolour when manipulated, clearly signifying attempts to tamper with the seal. The two-colour design allows a white marking area that not only makes marking clearer and easier to read, but gives improved product definition. The pin and bush are etched with identical sequential numbers which prevents parts being substituted or replaced.  This seal provides the highest level of security for containers whilst providing excellent protection against tampering.

Cable Seals

The MCLZ 5mm cable seal is a thick cable seal designed to provide strong protection against unauthorized access to containers. The non-preformed galvanized wire will fray when cut thus preventing reapplication. One end of the cable is secured to the lock body and protected by a protruding wire guide. The other end of the cable is locked in place with a non-linear insert hole with a locking mechanism that prevents shim attacks or attempts to pick the lock. The Zinc lock body is over-moulded with shock-proof ABS which provides clear evidence of tampering if manipulated. It also provides a stable surface for clear permanent laser marking of a seal number, bar code or logo etc.

The MCL 5mm cable seal with a ribbed pattern on the lock body that protects marking during rough handling. The anodized finish allows for solid colors and provides additional protection against corrosion from salt, water and air. The markings are etched with permanent laser marking to offer the highest marking protection and additional resistance to removal. The cable is fixed to the lock body at one end with the other end using a one-way locking mechanism for fast and easy sealing.

These many solutions can be used in combination to provide complete protection across the supply chain.

Contact our team today for enquiries or advice on the correct solutions for you.

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