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Transporting Loaded Containers via Truck – General Rules & Guide

Ryan Storer - Monday, March 11, 2019

 

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Transporting Loaded Containers via Truck

So you’ve got a loaded container that you want to be transported? Great! Let’s get started…wait! Have you correctly restrained the contents of your loaded container?

Cargo being transported inside a shipping container via road, rail or sea, will experience extensive stress throughout its journey. It could potentially move forward, backwards, side to side, up or down, twist and turn at any given time provided the right amount of force is in play, therefore, it is essential that cargo is properly restrained from all angles during its transit otherwise there may be a small disaster looming on the horizon.

According to the RMS, loads carried in or on a heavy vehicle must be correctly restrained so that they do not fall or become dislodged, make a vehicle unstable or unsafe. Failure to comply with the standards laid out by the RMS and Heavy Vehicle National Law results in huge penalties of fines, the loss of demerit points or even imprisonment if the load leads to injury or fatality. As such it is incredibly important that all parties within the chain of responsibility, conduct due diligence and take all reasonable steps to ensure that loads are correctly restrained.

Who are the Parties within the Chain of Responsibility?

The chain of responsibility includes any persons who can influence and/or control driver behaviour and as such no one person can be held accountable for any infractions committed. Parties in the chain of responsibility include:

  • The prime contractor of a driver.
  • The operator of a vehicle.
  • The scheduler of goods or passengers for transport in or on a vehicle, and the scheduler of its driver.
  • Consignors/consignees of goods for transport.
  • Loaders of goods.

General Tips for Packing your Container

  • Always pack contained loads tightly to minimise movement horizontally.
  • Fill gaps with empty pallets, dunnage, foam or other suitable materials.
  • Do not leave gaps unblocked in contained loads as freight can move during transport.
  • Utilise the tie down points found along the walls of a container.

 

The Potential Damage

The damage of a incorrectly loaded container can be seen here. The images speak for themselves. 

 

 

The End of Another Blog

 

Cheers for taking time out of your day to read this month’s blog, pack those loads well people! Check in again next month for more!

A Full Comprehensive Guide for proper Load Restraint is available here: https://www.ntc.gov.au/Media/Reports/(9E12B22A-6156-41B0-F382-136A34520AF8).pdf

The Chain of Responsibility: https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/business-industry/heavy-vehicles/factsheet-02-loading-requirements.pdf

National Heavy Vehicle Law - https://www.nhvr.gov.au/law-policies/heavy-vehicle-national-law-and-regulations


 

 


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