Home' Ships and Shipping : January 2011 Contents Sometimes small, clever innovations can be major and lasting
In an industry such as shipping, based firmly in logistics,
micro-savings in time and space are exponentially multiplied into
substantial financial results. Innovations in flexibility, efficiency,
safety and ease of handling mean everything when calculated
across a fleet of carriers and a port schedule.
One such innovation comes from Australian company Strang
Systems, based in Melbourne.
Employing a reusable, recyclable, safe material as packing,
Strang Systems' patent-pending LPP Zero Damage loading system
allows a much greater range of products to be containerised; it does
so more efficiently than ever before; it cuts down on bureaucratic
impediments to the free flow of goods; and it delivers cargoes
safely and securely.
In fact, using the system, Strang claims that the "sea leg" of
trade will soon become the "warehouse" of the future, enabling
"just in time" industry delivery programmes for manufacturers and
their customers to become standard.
The brilliance of the idea is described in four words: simple,
cheap, flexible and logical.
Strang Systems is already applying its loading system to
different cargoes throughout the world with astounding success,
from steel coil to cars, increasing the amount that a container can
load while reducing employee injury to zero (three years and
counting) and minimising the environmental footprint of the
A safe, secure loading system
The new LPP Zero Damage loading system enables steel and
other cargoes historically shipped as break-bulk to be safely
switched into containers. The Strang system allows heavy steel coil
and other cargo to be packed into both 20' (6m) and 40' (12m)
The patented Strang system stops any movement of heavy coil,
both bore horizontal and vertical, in containers.
Other methods for securing heavy coil in containers are a major
concern for shipping lines. Strang's system solves these concerns
and directly addresses the restrictions faced by exporters when
shipping heavy steel coil in the following ways:
In excess of 8,000 containers shipped prove that there is zero cargo
or container damage when the Strang System is used for restraint;
• It removes quarantine / fumigation costs associated with
• High levels of customer satisfaction in having their cargo treated
with such care.
• Utilisation effectively increases with Strang loading methods as it
enables greater use of the overall container floor area in which to
position the coils, resulting in cost-per-tonne freight saving;
• Customers historically have requested to be supplied coils larger
than seven metric tonne in a container for horizontal coils. This has
been surpassed with coils now up to 12 metric tonne, horizontal;
• Reduction in time taken to consolidate a container;
• Non-use of strapping, cutting implements which reduces the
chance of personal injury to the consolidators;
• Strang Systems is an intermodal solution and is compliant with all
transportation requirements -- road, sea, inland waterways and rail.
Increased focus is being placed on ensuring the health and
safety of all company employees within their work environments.
This focus creates the need for an urgent review of the current
method for handling coil in break bulk form. The Strang system
provides employers and employees with a safer, more efficient
working environment for packing / unpacking heavy steel coil.
Strang LPP is currently three years injury free in all sites, worldwide.
Strang LPP securing systems for bore vertical, horizontal
coil and flat sheet pack have been trialled and successfully
tested against the German Container Handbook's load
The Strang system versus hardwood:
greener, cheaper, more effective
Depending on the coils exported, the amount of timber used in
packing can range up to 50 metres of timber per container. The
usual product is a hardwood timber, the timber is either chemically
or heat-treated prior to use by the consolidators, and is often
required to be disposed of by either burning or using in land fill at
the discharge end.
The Strang Systems' LPP Zero Damage loading system can accomodate
various combinations such as flat steel and horizontal coils
Double stacked vertical coils is another of the possible combinations
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