A Complete Guide to Securing Shipping Containers with Twist Locks

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Shipping containers carry expensive cargo and need to be secured properly to ensure nothing is damaged. There are many different ways to secure shipping containers, either to the ground, horizontally, or stacked vertically on top of each other. Each method requires a different type of twist lock and Mytee Products sells each of these specialty locks for all your securing needs.

[A] Types of Twist Locks:

As we discussed earlier there are various ways to secure shipping containers, let’s have a check out the methods with different twist locks.

1. Vertical Locks (Stacked on top of each other)

a. Shipping Container Twist Lock & Base

Shipping Container Twist Lock  Shipping Container Lock Base

The first twist lock we are looking at is the “Dovetail Style Shipping Container Twist Lock & Base”. Dovetail twist locks are meant for flat surfaces and can be welded or bolted into a metal surface with the base. To use this lock simply place lock into neutral position, load container on the top, and shift to lock position. The dovetail locks from right to left. This used to stack containers vertically.

b. Shipping Container Manual Twist Lock

   

The next lock we are looking at is the “Shipping Container Manual Twist Lock”. This twist lock is used vertically to stack two shipping containers on top of each other. In this lock there is left to right locking, to secure two containers simply move handle to neutral position and place upper container into slot, then move handle to locked position. Mytee offers two sizes, regular and large. The benefit of the larger twist lock is that it provides a greater surface area and stability.

“To get more idea about how to use this manual twist lock, watch this video.”

c. Shipping Container Manual Twist Lock Weld Type for Chassis

 

The next lock we are looking at is the “Shipping Container Manual Twist Lock Weld Type for Chassis”. This lock is welded onto a container chassis Trailer). In the unlocked position the lock is receded and out of the way for easy loading and unloading. Once you load the container, twist the lock and it will be in locked position. To unload the containers simply twist back into the

d. Shipping Container Semi Automatic Twist Lock

Semi Automatic Twist Lock   

The last vertical lock we will be looking at is the “Shipping Container Semi Automatic Twist Lock”. This product is similar to the manual twist lock. The only difference is that instead of a handle this lock is spring loaded. The advantage of this lock is that the spring stops accidental unlocking. To use, simply pull spring to neutral position and insert upper shipping container. Mytee offers two sizes for these locks and once again the advantage of the larger one is greater surface area and stability.

2. Horizontal Locks

i] Horizontal Container Twist Lock/Connector

Horizontal Container Twist Lock  Horizontal Container twist Lock - Connector

The next type of lock we will be looking at is the “Horizontal Container twist Lock/ Connector. These locks are intended to connect containers side by side. They cannot connect vertically, only on the side. Insert the lock into the side of the container and twist to lock. Connect the second container to the side of the first and lock into place.

ii] Sea Rail Shipping Container Bridge Fittings Clamp

Sea Rail Shipping Container Bridge Fittings Clamp Sea Rail Shipping Container Bridge Fittings Clamps

The next horizontal lock we will be looking at is the “Sea Rail Shipping Container Bridge Fittings Clamp”. When transporting shipping containers, especially on a barge, it’s easier to keep them from tipping or falling if they’re lashed together. Fortunately, steel bridge fittings can do the job. These heavy-duty fittings keep shipping containers together, combining their weight so they’re harder to move, spill, or tip in transit.

[B] Container Access Tools

Container Access Tools

Container access tools are products that help move the heavy shipping containers. One such product would be the container ramps. A Steel Shipping Container Ramp allows you to easily roll goods in and out of the container, whether that’s on a transport cart, a forklift, or another method of transferring cargo.

[C] Replacement Parts for Shipping Containers

Replacement Parts for Shipping Containers

Shipping large containers can lead to high amounts of wear and tear on the equipment. Mytee Products offers a large variety of replacement parts for shipping containers such as the “ISO Raise Foundation”. This is what goes on each edge of the shipping container and connects to the twist lock. These can become damaged overtime due to the high weight involved.

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