Cargo securing in containers was another often-mentioned subject at the 5th International Eumos Symposium. Andreas Rainer, Managing Director of HLashGmbH in Brühl, Germany, held a presentation on this topic entitled “Cargo securing in containers – new suggestion for an Eumos standard for the testing of flexible restraint systems”. Mr Rainer particularly covered the meaning, rational structuring, and the monitoring of certificates.
The word derives from the Latin “certus” (= certain, sure). Mr Rainer clarified that a certificate is urgently necessary as a means of assuring the quality and sustainability standards of products in cargo securing. The primary benefit of quality assurance also brings a secondary benefit with it, namely that of legal security, which can mean a faster clarification of the circumstances in the case of accidents or damages.
The lack of a uniform testing standard for the specific testing of cargo securing devices in containers is another major topic. In practice, there is uncertainty, even on the part of authorities, about how to inspect containers. Sea, road or rail transport (CTU: Sea transport: 0.4g, road transport: 0.8g, rail: 1.0g) – the conditions are certainly not the same. The different impact energies that cargo is subject to vary completely from one to the next. While sliding loads are standard procedure in rail transport, they would lead to accidents in ship or car traffic. This is also something the certificate should offer information about.
The seal should contain a definition of the loading agent situation to be inspected. In this way, the goods to be secured can also be better inspected. Moreover, it should cancel out the tiresome problem of diverging international standards and make unambiguous statements which are valid for all. This also applies to measured values and the measuring equipment employed to obtain them. Only in this way can a sustainable regulation be found which takes all requirements into consideration.
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