What is Stowage? Pt 1 of 4

What is Stowage? Pt 1 of 4

9/8/2014 Umut Türker 3785 Times Read

I have just now come across wonderful and extremely well-researched posts entitled What Are The Stowage Factors For Storage? I am certain that these posts will prove immensely useful to importers, exporters, shippers, freight forwarders and warehouse personnel. The amount of time and effort required in compiling these very informative posts is mind-boggling. Moreover, to calculate stowage properly requires advanced mathematics.

Again, the posts should be mandatory reference materials for anyone involved in transporting or storing goods, but what is stowage? Many definitions use the similar-in-sound and similar-in-meaning word storage but stowage, perhaps more technically and accurately, refers to how things are stored, and optimizing the space available for those goods.


This can apply to people who have never even heard of the concept of stowage. When you purchase groceries and other products from your local market, the clerk will put your things into bag(s). If he does not do it efficiently then heavier and more massive items may crush or break other items. If he does not do it efficiently then he may use more bags than necessary. If he does not do it efficiently, then one bag may be overly heavy while another bag is very light. If he does not do efficiently then a bag may rip open because of the weight.


You, yourself, have similar concerns when packing suitcases or trunks for a flight or vacation. 


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Generally the bigger the container or area, the bigger the concerns or potential problems. Trucks and railways often use the same or similar containers in transporting goods (although, obviously, a train uses many more of them than does one truck). Oftentimes, the container will simply be offloaded from the train to the truck, or vice versa.


Within each container, like each bag at the supermarket, problems can arise.