Containerized Cargo Dry and Safe

Packing-Center-Duisburg opts for new desiccant rod / Global marketing rights

(PresseBox) ( Duisburg, )
Container stuffing is the business of PCD Packing-Center-Duisburg GmbH (PCD), an affiliate of Duisburger Hafen AG. The container packing company has opted for the TCe desiccant rod manufactured by TCi in Hamburg. The easy-to-handle and reasonably priced product keeps humidity inside the container at 50 to 60 percent. “This climate warrants that containerized cargo will remain dry while it is moved from A to B. Prior products were not successful under all circumstances,” said PCD’s Norbert Greiwe. TCe experience has now convinced PCD to acquire the global marketing rights for the product.

Greiwe is responsible for the sale of the advanced desiccant rod and has already won customers such as ThyssenKrupp, Grohe and the Corus Group for the 1 m x 0.1 m rod with a proprietary bayonet coupling. Encouraging talks are currently underway with major German automobile manufacturers, Greiwe confirmed.

Münchener Rückversicherungsgesellschaft found that moisture and condensation are by far the most frequent cause of container transportation losses. “The crucial factor is the ambient humidity of 50 to 60 percent,” underlined Greiwe. This humidity level is considered safe and will prevent corrosion, mold and soggy cardboard. “This is exactly the effect of our rod which was developed for logistic applications together with TCi, a reputed specialist in Hamburg.”

The Swedish product with a German plastic enclosure is attached to the ceiling of the container. The number of rods depends on the route traveled by the cargo, the transit time and the size of the container. Each rod absorbs over 2.2 liters of moisture. “Openings in the rod allow the magnesium chloride salt used by us to respond in a much more controlled fashion to humidity and temperature fluctuations than competing products do,” explained Greiwe. The plastic material will not fracture and the design of the rod prevents the evaporation of the brine. The rods can be reused as they can be refilled.

“In a test in the Port of Hamburg, R + V Versicherung was able to prove that container sweat will even occur in moderate climate zones during a frost-free winter period,” Greiwe mentioned. In the test some 13 liters of water migrated from wood pallets to the container roof from where it dripped down on the container floor. “Moisture is not limited to the tropics.”

Losses may be higher than the actual product damage. “If cargo worth 100,000 Euros is lost by moisture, for example, the cost of replacement, loss of production and image effects may, according to Hapag-Lloyd, be as high as 350,000 Euros,” said Greiwe.

Sectors in which desiccant rods can be used to protect cargo include the chemical, automobile, metal processing, steel, paper, wood, food and furniture industries and mechanical and electrical engineering.

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