Container collapse may have many different causes. The exact cause may be a combination of various occurrences and effects. A collapsed stow or damaged container conceals many traces of evidence. We have extensive experience in the investigation of collapse of container stows. Our track in forensic investigation and the provision of independent advice to shipowners, liner companies and P&I Clubs for loss-prevention and claim / litigation procedures is likewise outstanding.
Calculations of lashing and securing forces
Stowing containers on board a sea vessel is more than just 'stacking boxes'. The stowage of containers is very much based on complex calculations of forces for which the use of computers and lashing software is recommended. We have staff trained to operate the software and to calculate these forces accurately.
All elements that are part of the container lashing and securing system are subject to strength requirements as imposed by the Classification Societies. Equally so, a container is more than just a steel box; it is required to meet a substantial amount of regulations on dimensions and strength. The International Organisation for Standardization has set guidelines for function and dimensions in order to make the container and lashing system exchangeable between different ships and different transport modes.
A large range of tests and simulations can be conducted on a laboratory scale, however the real test always occurs at sea, when the container and equipment is in operation on board. We have built a significant track record of setting the right test criteria and co-ordinating tests through reputable test facilities, including our own in-house test laboratories.
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