ABS Introduces Smarter Lashing for Containerships

Christopher J. Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

Posted by Michelle Howard

ABS, a provider of classification and technical
services to the marine and offshore industries, is providing
resources that could dramatically improve safety on
containerships with the 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," says ABS
Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. "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," says ABS Executive Vice President for
Global Marine Kirsi Tikka. "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
allows owners and operators to make smarter and more informed
decisions on cargo distribution and lashing arrangements.

The ABS C-LASH software solution provides a user-friendly
experience with a computational engine that solves 26
interrelated nonlinear equations. ABS C-LASH was developed and
refined over two years in close cooperation with owners,
shipyards and lashing system designers.

Feb 14, 2017

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