If managing shipping containers is a significant part of your business, proper container handling should be a top priority. Containers need certain access requirements for them to be transported and delivered efficiently and safely. Here are a few tips to remember:
Containers and the trucks that carry them should be located in areas with hard, flat surfaces for the cargo to be loaded or unloaded without incident. Solid ground is one that is neither too sandy or soft as clay so the delivery truck will not get bogged down and potentially damage either the cargo or the property. Other obstructions such as trees or shrubs must be cleared for the path of the truck to prevent any undue damage to the vehicle. There should also be a minimum of 1 metre clearance from any active power line at any time for the safety of the delivery crew.
Plan ahead and determine how you are going to position your container so that there would not be any errors in placement. Deliveries need to be coordinated properly so that there is clarity among the delivery crew and the people at the destination as to which direction the container will be placed in.
There are several ways that containers can be delivered their destination and it is important to know the most suitable method depending on the situation.
• Tilt Tray
Tilt tray delivery is one of the best methods of delivery provided that there is sufficient space in the front of area where the container will be placed. The delivery truck will lift its tray at an angle making the container slide down towards the ground while the truck is moving forward to gently offload the rest of the cargo. A 6 metre container would generally require a vertical clearance of 5 metres, 3.5 metres for width clearance, and 20 metres of length. A 12 metre container would require the same parameters except for the length which is 20 metres longer.
• Side Loader
When there is limited space available, the container can be offloaded using a mechanism called a sidelifter. It is composed of a retractable outrigger that extends to stabilize one side of the truck and a swivelling arm that lifts the container from its tray and carries it down to its side in a parallel position. The container will be placed half a metre from the side of the truck. A 6 metre container requires a clearance of 4.6 metres height, 6 metres width, and 10 metres length while a 12 metre container may require an extra 6 metres of length for clearance.
• Crane loader (Hiab)
Hydrauliska Industri AB (Hiab) is a Swedish manufacturer of loader cranes, demountable container handlers, forestry cranes, truck-mounted forklifts and tail lifts. Their trucks are capable of retrieving or delivering containers from any side even over obstructions or elevated platforms. It uses a truck mounted crane for situations where neither a tilt tray or side loader truck can access the site. It is also capable of positioning a container at an angle relative to the delivery truck (e.g. 90 º, 45°). The truck can off load the container to either side or even the rear of the truck. Required clearance parameters include a height of 4.6 metres for roller door entry and 10 metres for unloading, a length of 10 metres, and a width of 3.5 metres.
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