Since the inception of containerisation, the shipping container has been used to ship various products around the world.. An estimated 793.26 million TEUs were handled in container ports worldwide in 2019.. As of this article, 23.8 million TEUs are being shipped around the world in 6,136 active container ships.. These containers are being carried on container ships that are increasing in size and capacity year after year..
Naturally, there is increased concern and focus on the safety of the ship, its crew due to the number of containers being carried onboard especially because there have been several maritime disasters in the last few years, some of which have been reported in detail on this site..
A few of the incidents that involved containers falling of a ship have been attributed to the lashing of containers onboard or lack thereof..
We look at the importance of proper lashing of containers onboard ships..
Rapid developments in the technological space has brought about several benefits globally to many industries..
The world of shipping is no different and in the last decade there has been several advancements in this area although some parts of the industry still remains fragmented and lacking standards in how the business is conducted..
Cyber technologies have become essential and critical not just to the operation and management of numerous systems and processes on board ships but also for the safety, security and protection of the ship, the crew, the cargo, and the marine environment..
These technologies have integrated IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology) on board ships through networking and connectivity to the internet..
The access, connectivity and networking of these systems has however led to cyber security threats and risks..
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..