Container Vessels

Our container stowage planning module handles both covered deck and weather-deck stowage. Containers can be loaded, re-positioned, 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 voyage:

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®