Yusen Logistics Co., Ltd. (President: Hiromitsu Kuramoto) has improved the method of loading metal products in ocean containers and enabled metal products forwarding that uses absolutely no lumber.
Generally, heavy loads such as steel products would be fixed with heat-treated lumber, lashing belts, and band irons to prevent them from collapsing in containers. Yusen Logistics has introduced a new method that uses no lumber at all and instead uses expanded polystyrene (EPS) as the fixing material. This enables the following features.
1. Improved container load efficiency
Cutting EPS into optimal sizes for the rigidity and shape of cargo enables improved load efficiency within containers and reduction of transportation costs.
2. Reduced time needed to load cargo into containers
It previously took around 1.5 hours to load cargo into a container. The new method shortens this to just 15 minutes, enabling, for instance, flexible response to urgent shipping.
3. Reduction of environmental burden
Previously, lumber 15-30 lineal meters in total length would be used for each container. Now, thanks to the use of EPS, lumber is no longer needed at all. EPS also permits 100% recycling, allowing environmentally friendly forwarding.
On conventional ships in the majority of cases, metal products such as coils would be forwarded in large quantities. Recently, however, demand has been growing for frequent forwarding of small quantities of such products in containers, to which Yusen Logistics has responded by introducing the new loading technique. Strang Systems, an Australian port service company, developed the technique, and Yusen Logistics, which concluded an exclusive partnership agreement with Strang Systems, is the only company in Japan that can provide services using it.
Yusen Logistics will combine this technique with features such as import and export clearance services at arrival and departure ports, ocean forwarding, and devanning and delivery at destinations in order to provide one-stop services by taking advantage of its strength as a total logistics provider.
EPS is a resource-saving material consisting of 98% air and 2% resin. It permits 100% recycling since its property change is limited.