Fierce winds from Northeast intensify the sharp frost in the port of Saint Petersburg. The cold cuts into the faces of the dockers. The crew loads the ocean freighter while racing against the ice, which forms on the Baltic Sea at the very moment. A true challenge for both men and material.
During the night the thermometer dropped to minus 25 degree Centigrade. The winter makes a sudden and quite early appearance in Russia‘s Northeast. The complete Gulf of Finland is supposed to be frozen over soon and the way across the Baltic Sea will then be barred. It is three o‘clock in the morning and the weather has only tightened the time constraints for the loading of the freighter. “Always expect the unexpected“ – this rule of thumb proves once again true for the transport engineers on that morning. They must not only take the whims of weather at the port into account but also any dangers at sea. When during a winter storm in the Norwegian Sea huge waves come crashing down on the deck, enormous forces are exerted on the ship. Should the load weighing several tons not be secured tightly, then demage to the material is not the only thing that might occur. The safety of the crew could also be at risk.
Exhibiting their extraordinary manoeuvring skills, the crane operators start stacking the cylinder-shaped coils one upon the other within the ship‘s hold. The steel coils are a case of hardship since they are not only difficult to stack and massive but also very sensitive to the severe movements of the freighter. Only the professional lashing of the cargo ensures their proper seaworthiness. At this, the experts on the freighter rely on TITAN‘s Lashing & Lifting System with special steel tape and pneumatic tension and sealing devices. One essential advantage of this system is the fact that the seals are not cut-in but only being deformed during the sealing process. This results in an extremely high elongation factor and a breaking load of more than 90 percent.
The TITAN Lashing & Lifting System cuts down on material and labour costs by up to 45 percent compared to the traditional lashing with wire rope. Economic efficiency is an important element of the tough daily grind of loading. “Every minute counts when stowing and securing heavy steel products for the maritime transport“, says Peter W. Lenzen jr., TITAN‘s Managing Director. “The ships constantly get bigger and faster, whereas the docking time at the port gets shorter and shorter. At the same time the safety requirements constantly increase as well.“
The temperature reaches rock bottom at 5.15 am. Despite the chill in the neck and the ice beneath the shoes, the men on the frighter still move like acrobats on the smooth steel surfaces of the stacked coils‘ upper level. The steel coils have been stripped multiple times by now and are stacked safely within the ship. The load is finally secured by roundabout 6 o‘clock and ready to be transported to the port of destination. In an hour the ship will cast off. The icebreaker escort is already waiting.
Favoured by Pros: TITAN Lashing & Lifting System
The TITAN Lashing & Lifting System secures heavy loads for the maritime and rail transport with coordinated elements:
The TITAN Crimp System develops extremely high tension forces with 20,000 Newton. The pneumatic drive possesses a forward gear for tensioning and a backward gear for the belt correction or for the removal of the device from the finished strapping.
The pneumatic TITAN crimp sealers DCR and SCR produce a firm crimp screw joint. Sealers and steel strapping are being deformed around the edges without any cut-ins. This ensures the retention of the strapping and offers additional stretching.
The TITAN MEGABAND-Special and the NCR seals ensure an extremely firm strapping. The steel strap cutter B 50 BR, a dispenser as well as a an air service unit complete the system.