In addition to acute corrosion concerns, Maritime equipment and facilities must cope with the stresses of loading, unloading, stacking, and transport of heavy intermodal freight containers. During Maritime Equipment Inspections, AQF auditors will determine whether your existing equipment is mechanically sound and meets OSHA and American Bureau of Shipping standards for operational safety, in addition to identifying any corrosion related defects.
Essential to domestic and international trade, intermodal containers are specially designed to transition from one mode of transport to another without unloading and reloading. These containers are constructed of corrugated weathering steel, and vary in length from 8 feet to 56 feet. These containers are used to move nearly every kind of cargo, with special container configurations for certain types of cargo such as ventilated (for organics), refrigerated (for perishables), and tanker (for fluids) containers.
Reach Stackers are popular and flexible container-handling vehicles employed at many small and medium sized seaports. They are used to move containers short distances within the port, as well as load and unload them from trucks and other forms of transportation.
Gantry Cranes are large, dockside cranes that are specially designed to load and unload intermodal freight containers from container ships. These huge machines are classified by their lifting capacity, and by the size of the container ships they are capable of servicing. The largest gantry cranes are capable of hoisting up to four 20 foot containers simultaneously, in order to load or unload them from ships of up to 22 containers wide.
Ranging from gigantic container ships to small personal watercraft and even buoys, marine vessels encompass any sea-going vessel or equipment. Depending on the specific purpose of the vessel, a number of international regulatory standards are enforced during the construction and operation of marine vessels.
You guys are quite efficient in making sure that you are in constant communication with our vendors to set up a time and day to have inspections handled... InTouch definitely pushed to make sure that inspections would be done in a timely manner. Any corrective actions that had to take place were executed well before the exit factory date.
Director of Production, Betabrand
Since InTouch does a more detailed inspection than what we had depended on with the factories, the quality of the products has improved. Where before when we might find 25 AQL defects, now it's down to three or four,because the factory knows that we want that cut back and InTouch is going to find it.
Administrative Assistant, Linstol
InTouch’s auditing reduced the level of risk, whether known or unknown, to our company. From the audit findings provided by InTouch, we were much more equipped to make the correct business decision with regard to an acceptable level of risk. The InTouch audit secured our decision making process.
Vice President of Purchasing, MJS Packaging
One of our customers had been through multiple suppliers year after year and had been let down with returns and rejections. With InTouch as our eyes and ears on the ground, we retained that business for 5 years without one single rejection or complaint.
Director of Operations, MMI Textiles
The speed that we get the reports is always good. We had an experience with some other inspectors where we had to wait an extra day to get the reports. Getting the report as soon as we can is very important, so we can make a decision and give feedback back to the factory.
Operations and Engineering Manager, Juku Gear
From beginning to end, InTouch is so easy to work with. The inspection report is literally there the next morning when I come into work. It really makes my job easier.
Inside Sales Specialist, MJS Packaging