The shipping industry is a vast one, involving many different facets. From shipyards and submarine exploration to marine transportation and dockyard maintenance, the ‘shipping industry’ covers a great range of areas.
In the article below we want to focus purely on shipping containers and docks, and looking at how lifting equipment is used in this industry.
Whether it’s from a film you’ve watched or it’s because you’ve driven past one, you’ve likely seen dockyards with hundreds of shipping containers in them, sometimes stacked hundreds of feet high.
There are over 100 major ports in the UK, not including dry ports, private ports or other types of ports. Not all ports and dockyards will have shipping containers within them, but many of the major ports do.
At the present there are currently over 17 million shipping containers worldwide, with around six million of these being shipped around the world at any given time. Roughly 200 million trips are made each year by these containers!
A photo from the shipping industry; you wouldn’t be able to stack these without our equipment!
A standard container is 20’, with a gross weight of around 30 tonnes. You’ll also commonly get 40’ shipping containers too, with weigh around 32.5 tonnes. With all of these figures in mind, it’s safe to say that not only are shipping containers heavy, but there’s a fair few of them knocking about too!
So, how does lifting equipment specifically help with all of this? They’ll be used at the very start of the process in the manufacturing industry, where steel, and other metals, are processed in order to create the shipping container for final use. Lifting equipment is a key part of the manufacturing line, helping to get those millions of containers out and about in the world!
Once the containers have been constructed, lifting equipment is used to load these incredibly heavy items onto the trucks that will transport them to the dockyard. Once at the dockyard it’s, you guessed it, lifting equipment that helps move the containers around, stack them up, and to keep everything generally organised.
This will be done using large overhead cranes, which will be utilised with various types of hoisting equipment, as they can run back and forth vertically to move containers around a dock.
Finally, when it comes to moving the containers onto the ships themselves, it will also be lifting equipment that is used to do this too. There are even cranes on the ships, so it’s clear to see how these handy pieces of equipment are used from start to finish in this industry.
As you can see, our equipment plays a huge part in this sector, but it also helps to serve dozens of others reliably and efficiently. If you are interested on hearing more about how it could help your own industry, please get in contact with us here.