Container Positioning means the positioning of the containers at the place of loading. Pre-carriage denotes the transportation of empty containers from the container-depot to the place of loading (including appearance of container). Entire operation shall also be called in technical terms as no-load running.
Whether the loading of containers should take place on your own or by our professional personnel, depends on the customer wish.
The transport of the loaded containers to the port of loading is known as full run. From perspective of the sea freight organisation, entire service off the sea freight is termed as pre-carriage. The onward carriage consists of the entire process after the arrival of the container and unloading at the port of destination. More about it in Domestic Transportation.
Necessary part of total costs of a transport-project is due to national transportation (pre-carriage or onward carriage). However, one has maximum alternatives here to combine or vary the service in a cost-effective way; For example, by using rail, truck and inland waterway transport in combination with intelligent intermediate storage. Every project should be individually planned and information about the possible adjustments of logistics services according to the features of the respective project can involve time, personnel and cost savings.
Types of positioning in pre-carriage:
Normal or Standard positioning for Sea Containers
The sea container-positioning takes place on the chassis (undercarriage), also for the duration of loading. The loading height is approximately 130 cm. This positioning can take place for the customers for self-loading or loading by the professional personnel. Generally, 2 hours free loading time is included, after that additional charges arise for every half an hour or one hour. If necessary, required no stopping sign can be requested by OTC global subject to a charge.
Loading of the containers by professional personnel often proves to be financially more sensible as specialised personnel require lesser time for loading and thus the positioning of container shall be beneficial due to prevention of overrunning. Moreover, the professional loading of containers for overseas moves is recommended for the purpose of safety and intactness of the cargos.
Positioning of sea container by using side loader
Crane usage with a movable crane is basically associated with additional charges and should be avoided if possible.
A common and elegant variant for usage of crane takes place by sea containers by using the so-called side loader. As side loaders are not available everywhere and generally have only a relatively small locally deployable radius, local mobile cranes are often ordered separately to the site of operation in order to crane up and down the container from the chassis. As crane usage is generally very expensive, we recommend this additional service only for loading of containers with heavy freight like machines, transport fleet and other such equipments and in case of non-availability of a ramp at the loading site; however, also in the cases when the container must remain at the loading site for longer duration. We search for the alternatives for individual case in order to prevent high costs for our customers.
Detaching for the weekend represents very attractive option for self loading customers. In this case, the container is delivered to the customer on chassis on Friday afternoon and detached; on the following Monday (not on holidays), generally before 08:00 a.m. in the morning, it is hitched and pulled out.
After delivery, the tractor unit drives off and the container remains on the chassis with the customer. The load height is approximately 130 cm. Due to the long positioning duration, it is important that the positioning takes place without impeding the traffic flow and other residents and according to the valid traffic and safety regulations. The customer or the client must take care of these prerequisites. If necessary, required no stopping signs can be requested by OTC global subject to charges.