In a short introduction on container stowage, the Author (of Berlin Technical University) mentions that, though cellular holds and their guides are effective for both stowage and handling of the containers, manual stowage of deck containers (which may amount to 40% of the total carried) is less efficient. There would thus appear to be a good case for a deck cell guide system although such a system might entail some difficulties. It would lack flexibility in the types of containers or other cargoes carried, but this would not be important where developments in liner trades result in increased specialisation and standardisation. Various methods used or proposed for stowing and securing deck containers are then reviewed under the headings:--Conventional Container Vessels; Container Ships with Raised Hatch Coamings; Container Ships with Scaffolds or Deck Cell Guides (Scaffolds with horizontal sliding guide rails--Stacking frames and buttresses--Fixed scaffolds with movable double stacking fittings--Cell guides on piggy-back hatch covers--Cell structures with continuous guide rails and special covers--Fixed cell guides with piggy-back covers--Fixed cell guides with interrupted guide rails and side-folding covers); Deckship-Type Container Vessel; Hybrid Ships and Other Types. Many of the methods and devices reviewed are shown in sketches and photographs. Though the economics of proposed sophisticated alternatives to today's lashing and securing systems are not discussed, it can be stated that handling costs could be saved. Possible disadvantages, as claimed by some German shipping companies, are listed; on the other hand, the experience of Australian and American owners operating sophisticated systems has been favourable. The Author hopes that his article will stimulate discussion on this subject.

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    IPC Industrial Press Limited

    Quadrant House, The Quadrant
    Sutton, Surrey,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Spethmann, K
  • Publication Date: 1980-10

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  • Accession Number: 00329985
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM