When discussing lashing points for refrigerated containers, we need to acknowledge that there are several complexities involved owing to the unique characteristics of not only the type of cargo but also the container.

Refrigerated containers, otherwise known as reefer containers, are designed specifically for the transportation of temperature-sensitive goods, such as food products. As such, the environment inside a reefer needs to be carefully controlled, which leads to several sensitivities when securing loads.

Let us take a look at how reefer container lashing points differ from regular container lashing points and how you can effectively manage load restraint in such a unique and specialised environment.

How Are Reefer Container Lashing Points Different?

One of the most important things to remember regarding reefer container lashing points is that there are usually none already installed in the container to use. This is why X-Pak Global sells reefer lashing points as an accessory so that goods can be restrained inside reefers, giving you the some functionality and efficiency as other types of load restraint methods.

Our reefer container lashing points guarantee the security and stability of cargo throughout its journey. Built with a heavy-duty design, these lashing points are easy to install in various configurations and boast a large load capacity that ensures your cargo’s safe arrival.

Without these lashing point additions, the only way to secure cargo inside reefer containers is usually by blocking and bracing. However, this is not always practical or sufficient to ensure that the cargo is safe. Moreover, blocking and bracing can be complicated and increase the weight of the load, thereby increasing your shipping costs and time spent loading and unloading the cargo.

By installing our lashing point units for reefer containers, you can ensure that the cargo is restrained with the same security and strength as regular container lashing points, without the added hassle of blocking and bracing.

These L-shaped steel locks are quick and to install by sliding them into the ventilation and drainage slots featured in the flooring of most standard reefer containers. Once installed, a simple application of lashing can achieve laid stability and security with minimal additional time and effort.

Some Of The Complexities Involved In Reefer Container Lashing Methodology

Like with any cargo, lashing in reefer containers is critical to prevent the load from shifting in transit. Loads that are not properly secured can lead to goods getting damaged or spoiled before they reach their destination, which can be costly and even lead to reputational damage.

It is also important to note that reefer containers cost more to build and maintain than regular containers, owing to the specialised refrigeration equipment, ventilation, drainage, and insulation required. Often, these containers are lined with specialised materials such as aluminium and plastic. This means that improper load restraint can damage not only your goods but also the container.

Lashing, as a load restraint technology, is highly effective in reefer containers since the polyester fibres from which it is made are resistant to moisture as well as extreme temperature fluctuations. Moreover, lashings are considerably less intrusive than other bracing devices, thereby posing less risk of impeding airflow.

Moreover, moisture and ice buildup can be quite prevalent in reefer containers, which can cause cargo to become slippery. As a result, greater care needs to be taken when securing cargo.

In addition, perishable goods ‒ particularly soft food products ‒ can become bruised or damaged from poorly implemented lashing techniques. Therefore, careful consideration should be given to the type of cargo being lashed so that an appropriate restraint technique can be employed.

How To Manage Proper Reefer Container Lashing

The key to properly securing a sensitive load in a reefer container is to make sure that the nature of the load is fully understood. This means taking into consideration things like its size, any weak points, and the appropriate weight distribution.

Particularly sensitive goods, such as fruits and vegetables, might require specialised lashing techniques to avoid bruising or otherwise damaging the cargo. This requires careful and measured communication with the cargo owners, as well as container operators and shippers, to ensure the best solution is found for the cargo.

Most importantly adequate care should be given to the way the container is packed to ensure that the airflow is not impeded in any way. Lashings should never lead to blocked ventilation or drainage, as this could end up impeding the ability of the reefer container to keep the goods sufficiently cool, thereby spoiling the goods in transit.

Whether you need to restrain your load using lashing points for refrigerated containers or regular shipping containers, you’ve come to the right place. At X-Pak Global, we have everything you need to ensure your cargo is safe. Secure your cargo using reefer container lashing points by contacting us for free advice and to find your best solution today.