At the Nor-Shipping trade fair, Classification society DNV released its new Steel Load Planner (SLP), a self-service application that can provide instant confirmation of rule compliance for proposed loading plans. Steel Load Planner, provides users with a reliable and efficient solution for the transport of steel coils, enabling optimized cargo intake, ensuring compliance with the applicable rules, and reducing the risk of accidents and incidents at sea.
Steel coils come in various sizes and weights, making it challenging for ship managers and operators to assess whether their vessels are suitable for a proposed shipment. With SLP, users can tailor a vessel’s loading plan according to the proposed shipment, for any steel coil dimensions. At the same time, they can confirm the vessel’s inner hull strength capacity for the shipment according to the applicable rules. Users can then easily create, check, and print the load plan, ensuring the load can be transported securely, while utilizing the maximum cargo capacity of the vessel. “Steel Load Planner is going to be a real game-changer for our customers,” said Morten Løvstad, Vice President and Global Business Director for Bulk Carriers, DNV Maritime.
A Valuable Tool
While every vessel must be provided with an approved cargo securing manual, most of these manuals do not contain detailed information regarding the carriage of steel coils or only particular types of steel coil, leaving it up to the loading planner to find a way to determine the loading limits. “DNV’s Steel Load Planner is a valuable tool for cargo planners who need reliable information to determine quickly whether a given type of steel coil can be transported by the vessel, and if so, how the cargo should be stowed to ensure safe carriage,” said Løvstad.
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