The basics of container stowage planning and why it is so important

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In view of the recent incidents relating to stack collapses on board and containers lost at sea, I thought a refresher on “What is container stowage planning and how it works” would be in order..

This is also to remind everyone in the shipping chain – exporters, agents, freight forwarders, carriers, documentation teams, vessel operators, and stowage planners, the importance of providing and using the correct information for the planning and stowage of the vessel..

Container stowage planning is an art and I absolutely loved the time when I used to do it.. While there are computer systems to do this these days, the basics remain the same..

In this article I have explained how the stowage planning works and why it is so important..

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Significance of Stack Date and why it is important..

significance of stack date

Known by many names including Cut-off time, Gate Cut-off etc, the term STACK DATE has a massive significance in the shipment of a container and is a crucial element in the whole export cycle.. For the sake of simplicity I will refer to it as stack date or stack period throughout this article.. Read on to understand more about it..

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Comparison of container ship stowage plan

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The other day I was going through some of my old files and I came across the bay plan of a container ship that I used to plan for in 1996..

This brought back a lot of good memories, but then it hit me “boom”, how much things have changed with regards to modern container ships such as the Triple E and the structure of the ships and the stowage itself..

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Why do containers get stowed and discharged incorrectly..??

There are a lot of cases across all the shipping lines whereby containers get stowed on board a ship to the incorrect destination and discharged at the incorrect destination.. Why does this happen..?? More often than not, the number one reason for the incorrect stowage and discharge would be improper documentation submitted to the port and vessel operator by either … Read more here..

Container Stow position numbering

In response to my previous post https://www.shippingandfreightresource.com/2009/03/31/identifying-a-stow-position/ a VERY INTERESTING question has been raised by a user Sandeep.. His question being : Quote information provided is very good. However could you please tell me why does the on deck tier numbering system start from 80 and only even numbers are used i.e. 82 , 84 and so on Unquote One … Read more here..

Identifying a stow position

how stowage planning works

Some of the people in the industry can identify where a container has been stowed on board of a ship just by reading the stow position (also known as cell position) and also whether it is a 20’ or a 40’ container that is stowed there..

How they do this..?? Mainly based on experience in handling stowage plans, but there is a formula to it..

I will explain below..

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