container stowage planning module handles both covered
deck and weather-deck stowage. Containers can be loaded,
repositioned, and removed at any selected port, with the
results of these changes automatically predicted for all
future ports in the voyage. Views are easily switched
from bay to bay and from port to port throughout the planned
Stow Cargo by dragging and dropping single or multiple
containers from Booking List to the bay selected in
the bayplan window, and let the system automatically
choose slots within the bay according to user-controlled
criteria. Or, you can stow containers in specific slots
in a bay, using well-designed dialogues. Other dialogues
will appear when stowage management decisions are required,
or you can call them when you wish to change stowage
parameters. Reposition or remove containers using simple
drag-and-drop features. Out of Gauge Cargo is also facilitated.
The software follows default stowage rules and performs
automatic and selectable checks during the stowage process.
Some of these default stowage rules can be editable.
Usually, the software stores multiple containers using
the same method: it first fills the center bottom cell,
then the cell immediately to the starboard of the centre
cell, then the immediate port cell, and continues to
alternate outwards in this starboard-port pattern until
the tier is filled. If there is no centre cell, the
process starts with the starboard-centre cell. If necessary,
the same procedure is repeated for the next tier, and
so on. This procedure can be by-passed by loading containers
separately. When loading 20 foot containers, this method
can be applied simultaneously to two adjacent bays -
filling the centre bottom cell in one bay, then the
same in the adjacent bay, then continuing to fill starboard
and port cells in both bays outward from the centre.
Container cargo modules routinely check for:
- Any restrictions specific to a vessel that
permanently limit a cell or bay to either 20
or 40 foot containers.
- Any attempts to place a 20 foot container into
a cell occupied by half of a 40 foot container.
- Any attempts to place a 40 foot container into
an empty cell whose accompanying adjacent tier
already contains a 20 foot container.
- Any attempts to place two 20 foot containers
on top of a 40 foot.
- Any attempts to place a 40 foot container on
top of one 20 foot container.
- Any stack height limitations.
- Cumulative weight in each row as cargo is loaded
into that row.
- A DAGO Segregation function may also be used,
which checks for standard IMDG Code segregation
between containers carrying dangerous goods
of any IMDG class.
If any of these checks find a violation of the various
required conditions, the system will halt the stowage
and notify the user.
All Autoship stowage planning systems include the latest
version of our
comprehensive hydrostatics analysis engine - Autoload®