Episode 16: Lashings and their application

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Episode 16: Lashings and their application

Perspective view of a Pro Lash Flex 4.38 in a container.

Lashings are increasingly being used to secure the cargo in the container.

Their purpose is to introduce the acceleration forces via the securing means specifically and completely into the body of the container.

However, care must be taken to use them in such a way that they reach their maximum efficiency.

In practice, mistakes are made again and again.

In the following I would like to describe some of them and give hints how to avoid them.


Sigurd Ehringer - SeLogCon

About the author:

In a series of specialist articles from the field, on topics relating to containers and trucks, you will receive first-hand professional knowledge.
How to secure cargo correctly and what are the basics of cargo securing?

They are developed and presented by Sigurd Ehringer, owner of SE-LogCon:

  • VDI certified instructor for load securing
  • Reference book author
  • 8 years Project Manager
  • 12 years with the Bundeswehr (company commander)
  • 20 years of sales experience
  • since 1996 consultant/trainer in logistics
  • 44 years instructor/trainer in various fields

Episode 16: Lashings and their application


  1. Care must be taken to ensure that the lashing angles (a /YELLOW) to the lashing eyes on the floor and ceiling so that the green force component (b/GREEN) parallel to the walls is as large as possible.
    This force component secures the charge. The red force component (c/ROT) increases the frictional force on the ground, but has a small share in the securing force.

2. with Lashing-Systems, the same is true in principle for all vehicles that use only the lashing eyes on the floor.
Here, too, the securing forces must be introduced into the floor parallel to the container walls in such a way that the green force component (b/GREEN) is larger than the red (c/ROT).


With both variants, it is important that the lashing straps are hooked into the eyelets in good time before the loading units prevent access.

A stowage plan is very helpful in these situations. Dunnage Bags can be used to reduce the distance to the rear door or to distribute the load in the container so that the load distribution plan is adhered to.

It can also be expedient, Dunnage Bags to reduce the gaps to the sides of the container.

Become simultaneously Lashing systems used, it is important to pay attention to the uniform tension of the lashing straps.

The following approach has proven to be practicable.


1. pull the container up to the lashing eyelets where the Lashing to be fastened, load and secure the load.

Then attach the two halves of the lashing system. To do this, insert the cross bands into the upright Edge Protection and fix them to the container doors with strong magnets.

2. stow the next loading units and the Dunnage Bags so that it is in the gap but does not yet exert strong pressure.

3. Connect the lash bands together and tighten them. Check whether the lashing straps willingly follow the tension force and tighten, but are not clamped by the load.

The locking clamps should not be located in the area of the stowage pad but next to it on the load so that the Tensioner can be used correctly and does not tip away.

4. only now the Dunnage Bags fill so that an internal pressure of approx. 0.1-0.2 bar is present.

The load will move slightly as a result of the pressure, which will cause the tension in the lash straps to increase a little further, thus achieving the required securing force.

This procedure requires some practice, but then leads to a load securing that complies with the regulations and, if used correctly, passes the inspections without any complaints.

Of course, this also reduces transport damage. Expedient photo documentation rounds off the procedure.

This will be followed by another episode of the LaSi-Blogs in more detail.


Christina HoosE-Commerce Shop Mangerin - G&H GmbH Rothschenk


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An employee of G&H GmbH Rothschenk sews a webbing strap to a dunnage bag.

On our own account:
Rothschenk. That's us.

Rothschenk is a manufacturer of load securing equipment for overseas containers. In the tranquil town of Aub in central Franconia, we develop, test and sell our own load securing equipment such as dunnage bags/padding, Lashing restraint systems, Edge Protectors, Anti-slip Mats, Lashing Straps and drum securement. You can get a small insight into our product world in our Online Shop: [R] SHOP24.

We develop for our customers, to whom also large corporations e.g. from the CHEMICALS-, BEVERAGES- and Automotive industry belong, individual load securing. Therefore we are used to come up with new products and solutions in our own research and test department.

We stand for quality "Made in Germany‚Äě. Not only in development, but also in production. Because we are the only manufacturer for load securing with our own production site in Germany. Real "Made in Germany" even.


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