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Fast Moving Containers Caming Solutions


Fast Moving Containers Caming Solutions

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FM or Fast Moving containers

The Context

Shipping lines trading globally are taking delivery of ever larger container vessels. Consequently there is significant pressure on port operators and other suppliers to improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs so that the desired economies of scale can be materialised.

The Problem

Current methods of securing and lashing containers on vessels during their voyages require a device (twistlock) which can only be manually applied and removed. This is time consuming and costly for both shipping lines and port operators as well as dangerous for workers. It is also a barrier to the complete automation of container handling terminals.

The Solution

Remove this manual intervention by removing the need for twistlocks.


The Concept

A new design for the standard container so that twistlocks are no longer required and a new type of spreader (the grabbing component) that can handle both our new container design and the current standard ISO containers.

The Benefits for shipping lines and container terminal operators:

  • 10-12% in operational cost savings
  • Correspondingly faster vessel turn-around times in port (this is very important in view of the size of the larger vessels)
  • Improved safety in container ports
  • Increased automation of port operations
  • The ability to handle both old and new types of container design means there will be a smooth transition in the global container fleet which overcomes the most significant barrier to the adoption of our concept.

Project Execution

Caming Solutions is a company with four partners. Each partner holds a senior position in the ports and maritime sector with a proven background of success in their particular field. Each partner brings a complementary set of skills required to get the new concept adopted by our industry.

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Periodic Reporting for period 1 - FMCONTAINERS (Fast Moving Containers Caming Solutions)

The objective of this study is to understand the feasibility of the FM Container Concept designed by Caming Solutions (CS). The FM Container concept is a novel and innovative method of lashing and securing maritime containers onboard sea-going vessels that measurably increases operational productivity. The components of the study focus primarily on the market demand, the technical development of the concept, and intellectual property (IP) protection to validate the business case.

Market demand: Shipping lines are taking delivery of ever bigger container ships. In order for these ships to realise their economies of scale to the maximum, the maritime sector as a whole is under pressure to deliver greater levels of efficiency and productivity – particularly in port operations. CS has been working with a reputed expert in the maritime sector who has helped define an approach to the market to validate the demand for the FM Container concept. This input was provided to CS in the form of coaching funded by the Horizon 2020 instrument and results can be found in extracts from the executive summary of his coaching report:

“Consistently during our study, the message was that, with the current circumstances and pressures that the industry faces, any new product or development that improves productivity and reduces cost, will be welcomed by an industry that is struggling to survive with the collapse of freight rates and the need to provide the increased productivity and reduction of cost that the economies of scale from the recent doubling of ship size requires.

The process by ship operators (and terminals) of lashing containers, managing, tracking and maintaining global stocks of twist locks and other lashing equipment, is seen as a process that ties up management time and resources, that could be put to more productive use. One ship operator believed they had two staff per vessel permanently on lashing equipment maintenance.”

CS therefore concludes that, not only is there an appetite to improve on the current lashing and securing systems but, given the prevailing environment in the shipping industry, the timing for a solution like the FM Container concept is favourable.

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Caming Solutions

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