As we know that prior to the massive expansion in the container trade ‘palletization’ became extremely popular as it speeded up the loading and discharging time of general cargo ships.
This meant that the time in port was reduced, together with associated Port and Harbour fees, a fact that was not wasted on shippers and vessel operators.
Pre-packed loaded pallets are still widely used around commercial ports and are packed in uniform blocks to minimize broken stowage.Typical cargoes suitable for loading to pallets are cartons, small boxes, crates, sacks and small drums.
Palletization has distinct advantages when compared with open stow, general cargo, break bulk-handling methods:
- Reduces the amount of dunnage required.
- faster loading discharge times.
- less cargo damage (no hook use and limited pilferage)
- less handling of cargo
- Permits cargo to be stored compactly & tidily thereby reducing broken stowage .
- Facilitates tallying of cargo.