TRANSPORTING SOLID STEEL: HOW CAN YOU SECURE YOUR CARGO SAFELY?
CALCULATING THE NUMBER OF LASHINGS FOR SECURING CARGO PROPERLY
Last weekend, transport online posted an article about a truck which was fined by the German police due to the cargo being poorly secured. The trailer was loaded up to the roof with solid steel components. 10 9-metre long components weighing 2.1 tons each and 9 components weighing 500 kilos were secured using just 7 lashings. Those lashings were also worn and no longer suitable for securing cargo safely. According to the German police, at least 55 lashings should have been used. But is that really the case?
In this article:
- Solution 1: Securing cargo using lashings
- Solution 2: Securing cargo using lashings and anti-slip mats
- Other cargo securing solutions
- European legislation on cargo securing
- App: calculate how many lashings you need
The Transport Online article gave rise to a whole discussion on the number of lashings to use. The reactions show that a lot of people consider it ludicrous that the cargo securing control measures carried out in Germany are so strict. “Only those crazy Germans could require 55 lashings.” But is 55 really such a crazy number of lashings? And is this only mandatory in Germany or does it also apply in the Netherlands? We asked our cargo securing specialist Niels Bouwmeester what the actual requirements are according to European guidelines.