Photo of the month – October 2021
[German version]

Two coils on the move

The two coils, each weighing 10,500 kg, have indeed been on the move. Figure 1 shows how they tried to make their way through the end wall.

Photo of the month - October 2021

Figure 1  [Dennis Lange]

Photo of the month - October 2021

Figure 2  [Dennis Lange]

Figure 2 shows nicely how the 21 tonnes are being supported by the axles of the tractor unit. The trailer has been badly damaged: The end wall has been breached, the loading bed is bent and it is quite probable that the frame has also suffered as a result of the journey undertaken by the coils.

Photo of the month - October 2021

Figure 3  [Dennis Lange]

The front coil is seriously deformed as a result of its partner “ramming” it from behind. The coils are cold-rolled steel, which is around ten times more expensive than its hot-rolled cousin. And so we maintain that the financial loss in respect of the goods is also considerable.

Photo of the month - October 2021

Figure 4  [Dennis Lange]

Figure 4 is the really interesting one.

Here we can see skid marks, crumbled fragments of the anti-slip mats, score marks from the pallets, belts and edge protectors. The frontmost pallet has slipped forwards with the coil. This could indicate that the anti-slip material had not been placed under the pallet in such a way that it completely isolated the pallet from the loading surface in terms of friction. As far as the rearmost pallet is concerned, it is more likely that the anti-slip material had been placed under the pallet in such a way that the pallet was in fact fully isolated from the loading surface in terms of friction. In this case, the weak point was the friction between the coil and the pallet. As a result, the coil slipped forwards, cut through the steel straps, slipped out from under the belt(s) and simply dragged the pallet along behind it like a dog on a lead.

We have been told that only one belt had probably been used on each coil, but in Figure 4 we can see some evidence that two belts may have been used. But because the load escaped from the securing belts with some force, the belts slipped off – or perhaps they were cut through by the sharp edges of the load after the edge protectors had been lost.

If you want to secure 10,500 kg with tie-down lashings, it is necessary for anti-slip material to be placed under the pallets perfectly and for the friction between the load and the pallet to be equally good, otherwise the load will simply slip from the pallet, as illustrated by the case of the rearmost coil. If the friction has been sorted out properly, we still need to find 2100 daN of securing force. Given a coefficient of friction μ of 0.6, we would need five lashing belts with an STF of 500 daN. And this does not take the angle alpha into account. Actually implementing a securing arrangement of this kind is a challenge.

Anyone who reads the whole of this column on a regular basis knows that we like to recommend securing heavy loads with direct lashings. This could be done with loop lashings, for instance using four loop lashings passed through the eye of the coil, effectively arranged crosswise. Two at an angle to the rear and two at an angle to the front. The pre-tensioning force in the direct lashings meets the minimum securing requirements, which means that we can use the full friction value in our calculations and the direct lashings take care of the shortfall. Theoretically, it would be sufficient to use two direct lashings at an angle to the rear and one tie-down lashing.

If the eye of the coil cannot be used, for instance because packaging material prevents the belt from being passed through, it is also possible to pass a loop lashing around the coil, with the ends being passed at an angle to a load securing point at the rear and then pre-tensioned. Because this belt would be lying on the pallet, we would recommend at least two additional tie-down lashings to prevent the coil from tipping when it is subjected to a load, and thus preserve the friction. If the level of friction between the coil and the pallet is not as good as that between the pallet and the loading surface, this can be remedied with a second loop lashing.

Your load securing columnists wish you a safe and secure autumn.

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