ABS upgrades lashings guidance and software

16 Feb 2017

Classification and technical services provider, ABS, is looking to improve safety on containerships with its enhanced ABS Guide for Certification of Container Securing Systems (Lashing Guide) and new companion software, ABS C-LASH.

The guide incorporates a new nonlinear lashing analysis procedure with easy-to-use software that simplifies analysis of container lashing arrangements.

“This is a game changer for safety and operational performance in the containership sector,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO. “Investing in technology that improves safety is a priority at ABS as we continuously improve the ways we support our mission to promote a safer and more reliable shipping industry.”

Larger containerships along with higher stacks and increased weights have introduced new complexities in securing containers. Central to the Lashing Guide is a newly developed analysis procedure that represents a significant improvement over traditional formulas for container securing.

“The innovative methodology used in the container lashing analysis is unique to ABS,” added Kirsi Tikka, Executive Vice President for Global Marine, ABS. “By applying a smarter approach to lashing systems, owners and operators can make better decisions on container loads and find new efficiencies in their current onboard arrangements.”

Used with the ABS C-LASH software, the Guide helps users evaluate mixed, external and internal lashings at multiple tiers and multiple lashing points, twist-lock gaps in both vertical and horizontal directions and the effect of lashing bridge flexibility.

The advanced ability to account for these variables aims to help owners and operators to make smarter and more informed decisions on cargo distribution and lashing arrangements.

The ABS Guide for Certification of Container Securing Systems is available from www.eagle.org

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