Ruscon Introduces Polymer Dunnage for Steel Shipments
See News reported that Ruscon, the parent company of the Dutch SmartContainer, has introduced an innovative support-material for transporting steel plates, a durable replacement for the wooden separators that are being used for centuries. The parts, a polymer composite material cast in a cylinder shape, have been developed as plate separation during storage and transport. The polymer composite materials are now used on ships from St. Petersburg to the harbour of Ghent. These reusable separating parts on the cargo from steel plates will be collected at the harbour to be transported back to sender. There is a deposit on the parts, a stick behind the door to make sure they are recycled, Ruscon stated.
For this a new transport scheme is being established by Ruscon, to allow the use of these reusable separation agents. Also Ruscon takes care of the full customs clearance for the loading and unloading ports and exports the re-import for the seperators to Russia. In this way, the customer receives a complete use cycle of this innovative product
There the parts are light and easy to handle, the ease of use means also, improvement to the speed of handling when loading and unloading the steel plates.
Since the spring of this year, a test period has started on the St Petersburg Ghent (Belgium) St Petersburg route. During this period, both traditional materials and the polymeric separators were used for cargo securing. A total of five test shipments were carried out and finally, on June 18, a ship was on its way from St. Petersburg with a cargo completely separated by the polymer components.
A number of large steel producers have shown interest in using the new separating materials. Therefore, in addition to the port of St. Petersburg, a shipment will soon be prepared using these innovative separation technologies from Novorossiysk, Ruscon stated.