Side Container Loader (BOD) – Container Logistics Perspective

The main trend of the transport market over the past few years is global containerization. The rapid growth in the volume of such shipments required addressing the issues of speed of delivery and processing. Thoughtful solutions and tools are needed in container logistics. One of these unequivocally became the BOD – the side loader of containers.

Who is BOD?
Container semi-trailer for truck tractor, equipped with two cranes. Its tasks are the transportation, loading and unloading of containers onto itself and other vehicles. The BOD has a reinforced frame along which two cranes move. The lifting capacity of the cranes allows you to lift large containers, and even two 20-foot containers at the same time. The loader quickly reloads them from one vehicle to another, stacks them in two tiers. The time for one cargo operation is approximately 4–6 minutes.

Its advantages:
Versatility. The BOD does not need an equipped terminal, a special coating or a ramp. Even an ordinary dirt platform will do. Clear savings on the construction of infrastructure for container recycling.

Mobility. The dimensions of the loader allow it to move on roads without restrictions and special permits, both with and without a container. BOD can work where there is a need for it. It is capable of moving between stations, other sites or warehouses.

Independence. BOD itself loads containers, no additional equipment is required. The tractor driver can act as a loader operator.

Performance. One BOD carries three times more than a conventional reachstacker. He leaves the container for unloading and goes for the next one, picks up the unloaded one and again carries the loaded one, etc. The usual way of loading / unloading requires as many loaders as containers.

Conclusion
The Side Container Loader is a state-of-the-art technical solution that helps to reduce expensive infrastructure investments, increases the speed of cargo operations and allows loading where it has not been loaded before. All this together creates conditions for the development of container flows, which is now urgently needed.