Blocking and Bracing of Shipping Containers

Container Blocking and Bracing for Shipping Containers

MEI Rigging & Crating will load, block & brace your ocean containers for ocean export shipments. Proper container loading & bracing are critical to safe arrival of your product.

Shipping companies Blocking Requirements (example)

“Shipments of concentrated weight cargo i.e. Metal Coils, Rolls, Reels, or Spools must be palletized or on a prescribed Load Weight Equalizing Pallet, or an equivalent weight distribution device that distributes the weight over the floor with no more than 310 pounds (140 KG) per square foot and evenly within the container. Additionally no more the 25,000lbs may be placed within 10 liner feet.

As a minimum the requirement will be: lumber of sufficient strength and structure to support the weight of the lading; runners must be placed on a longitudinal axis to spread weight over sufficient floor cross members. A sufficient number of approved rated cables, chains, or banding equal to load weight must affix cargo, tightly tensioned to container anchors, to prevent cargo shifting under environmental dynamic forces.”

MEI will ensure your shipment meets safety and transport company requirements for the load.

Domestic Container – Truck Transport

Even domestic transport is subject to significant motion, especially vibration and shock. Container loading for domestic rail or truck transport, especially of heavy equipment or parts, and/or sensitive machinery, need to be properly blocked and braced. The US Department of Transportation and the American Association of Railroads have Blocking and Bracing requirements.

MEI are your professionals at Blocking and Bracing Ocean Containers for all types of cargo, for air, sea or land transport.

Proper bracing is critical for cargo protection

Cargo Protection

Shippers need to understand the importance of blocking and bracing of all cargo.  Shippers who fail to block and brace their shipments properly risk significant problems, including:

  • Damage to the cargo
  • Damage to the ship or aircraft or neighboring cargo
  • Accidents that can cause injury or death.

A ship at sea encounters motions that can shift cargo, including rolling side to side, pitching front to back, surging forward, heaving up and down and yawing (irregular motion).