HANDLING OF INTERMODAL FREIGHT CONTAINERS

Containerization, generally speaking, has greatly decreased the exposure of longshoremen to the hazards of cargo suspended from cargo gear. With gantry cranes working over cellular containership holds, it is not necessary for men to physically guide and shove the cargo drafts into place as with break-bulk stowage. Nevertheless, containerization creates some special safety problems in longshoring, especially where conventional cargo gear must be used to lift containers. This is because of the heavy weights involved and the strength limitations of the containers themselves. It is possible to break even a properly loaded container by lifting it improperly. The Swedish standards organization, Sveriges Standardieseringskommission, prepared this paper for the International Organization for Standardization ( ISO ) Technical Committee on intermodal containers ( TC-104 ). It should be noted that the recommendations are still under development within the ISO and are not to be considered complete. In the United States a related work is being drafted by the M4-5 committee of the American National Standards Institute.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Merchant Marine Council

    Washington, DC  USA  20591
  • Publication Date: 1970-5

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  • Accession Number: 00007342
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CG-129
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 25 1973 12:00AM