FORTY-THREE YEARS AGO BENGT-OLOF HAMMAR DESIGNED A SIDELOADER FOR PUTTING CONTAINERS ONTO TRUCKS. NOW THE PRODUCTS BUILT BY HAMMAR MASKIN AB ARE USED AROUND THE WORLD AS MORE TRANSPORT COMPANIES REALISE THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF USING TWO VEHICLE-MOUNTED CRANES TO LIFT AND MOVE STATIC ISO CONTAINERS. KEVIN SWALLOW REPORTS.
PHOTOGRAPHY: CRAIG PUSEY
In 1968 the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) issued its recommendation for the terminology, dimensions and ratings of a shipping container ending 20 years of different shapes and sizes, incompatibility and confusion. This allowed transport – whether it was by sea or land – to work with one recognised uniform product. It also meant that ancillary equipment could be properly developed and sold into global markets. Wherever there is a container there is usually a requirement to move it.