Loop lashings have been around for centuries, once being used to secure cannons on ships in order to provide additional storm protection. Today, loop lashings are used for a wide range of purposes. The vertical loop lashing is known internationally as the C-loop and generally works very well when the cargo is narrower than the means of transport to which the lashings are attached.
However, in recent years we have seen loads becoming considerably larger and exceeding the width of standardised means of transport. In spite of the ineffectiveness of the C-loop in securing wider loads, it continues to be used for these types of transports, sometimes resulting in disastrous consequences and major claims. This article explains, using well-illustrated examples, as to why shippers, stevedores and further involved parties should stop using C-loop lashings for cargo with excessive width.
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