Cargo securing for maritime transport

The forces of nature can place great stress on goods transported by sea, often for prolonged periods of time. This makes correct cargo securing crucial. Shifting of goods or shifting of cargo inside containers can cause chain reactions that may put both the vessel and its crew at risk. The value of cargo damage during maritime transport is estimated by maritime insurance companies at a massive 500 billion USD per year, which is equivalent to the Swedish GNP.

The most important international agreement regarding maritime safety is the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, better known as SOLAS. SOLAS covers many of the operations employed for improving maritime safety. The SOLAS signatories are the countries that are members of IMO. An agreement published by IMO is legally binding in countries and on vessels that bear the flags of the signatory states. For more information on IMO codes, resolutions and guidelines, see the Mariterm website.

Cargo securing on vessels reiqures specially adapted equipment

A wide range of cargo are handled on vessels, ranging from heavy or bulky goods to cargo stowed in load carriers such as containers, swap bodies, trailers or vehicles. This means that maritime cargo securing covers a very wide area of applications and requires specially adapted equipment.

Forankra’s range of maritime cargo lashings includes Superlash™, a system of maritime lashings specially designed for deck (timber) lashings (Superlash 99™) and trailer lashings for RoRo vessels (Superlash 98™).

Forankra represents Cordstrap on the Swedish market and the company’s unique solutions for cargo securing in containers. For more information about cargo securing in containers, see page “Cargo securing in containers – One Way Securing”.

All maritime cargo securing must be evaluated according to the specific circumstances at hand. Feel free to contact us for advice.

Useful information

There are many regulations regarding cargo securing for maritime transports.
Contact us to discuss how you can secure your cargo in the optimal way.


Forankra offers several services in cargo securing for maritime transport:

• Training in cargo securing
• Advice
• Customized products and solutions

Contact our experts

Fredrik Hildingson

Mgr Technique, Quality & Lashing / Lifting

Mats Staffas

Technical product and compliance specialist