Restraining chemicals, Dangerous Goods (DG’s) or IBC’s into shipping containers for export is an important step in the supply chain for many manufacturers throughout Australia. Many chemicals come in the form of liquids, granules or powder and are likely to have a devastating effect on human lives and the environment if released during transit. This makes it vital for manufacturers or those responsible for packing containers to ensure correct and compliant restraints are used. There are generally 2 areas where securing chemicals for transport is important:
1. Creating a stable load:
When packing drums or containers onto pallets, it’s important they are strapped to the pallets correctly. The X-Pak Strapping system comes in various sizes and comes with system strengths of up to 2700Kg. It’s also Internationally Certified and non-metallic, making it a safe, secure option to palletise chemicals on pallets or skids. There are also cases where 44 Gallon drums or IBC’s are packed loose into containers. In this situation, its often best practise to strap loosely packed items together in order to create a greater surface area, therefore increasing friction and reducing potential slippage or load movement.
2. Securing into the container:
Lashing drums, containers or IBC’s into containers can be a tricky task. They are often loose, slippery and are easily dislodged. Strapping these items together into bundles is critical prior to lashing them utilising the container lashing points. Often, its best to use ‘droppers’ – a strap running down the container wall from a top lashing point to the bottom. This provides a rated band to run horizontal straps off and pull your load back towards the rear of the container.
How do I make sure I am securing my load properly?
Many marine surveyors may have differing opinions on how best to secure your load. At the end of the day, you cannot ship without getting their sign off anyway so you’re best to listen to their opinion. The National Transport Commission also provides industry with the Load Restraint Guide which provides helpful information on the forces acting on loads and how best to combat these by correctly securing cargo.
I would like to use a strapping restraint but am concerned it will ‘bite into’ my bags or drums, what should I do here?
Lashing anything from bags of fertiliser to drums of Oil can be tricky at best of times. It’s important to ensure your straps remain tight but don’t damage your product at the same time. Edge protection is important to a) Provide less friction to assist the strap feeding around edges and b) to protect the product whilst maintaining tension. X-Pak provides a standard range of cardboard, metal and plastic edge protection but also provides custom sizes depending on your application.
How can I get consistent tension on my straps every time?
Using a manual tensioner is the preferred method by many clients as they are the most cost effective option. These, however can have their dis-advantages such as manual handling risks and inconsistent tension. X-Pak provides both battery and pneumatic powered tensioners. These tools are able to be set to your required tension – ensuring every strap is tensioned to the ultimate tension that will provide maximum load stability.
X-Pak provides safe, certified cargo lashing straps to Australian Chemical manufacturers for one core reason – Trust.
Chemicals are a hazardous substance and therefore need to be properly secured to give both suppliers and customers peace of mind that they will arrive at their destination safely and unaffected by damage.
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