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1. (WO1999005656) CARGO TRANSFER SAFETY SYSTEM

Pub. No.:    WO/1999/005656    International Application No.:    PCT/NZ1998/000113
Publication Date: Fri Feb 05 00:59:59 CET 1999 International Filing Date: Fri Jul 24 01:59:59 CEST 1998
IPC: B65G 67/60
B66C 15/04
B66C 15/06
Applicants: INTERNATIONAL STEVEDORING OPERATIONS LIMITED
DICKSON, Gregory, John
Inventors: DICKSON, Gregory, John
Title: CARGO TRANSFER SAFETY SYSTEM
Abstract:
The invention relates to a cargo transfer system (200) that provides improved safety for users. When a cargo item (304) is being transferred from a transport vessel (300) to loading area (306), the system (200) provides a warning of the impeding delivery of the cargo item (304) to persons in the loading area (306). Similarly, when cargo item (304) is being transferred onto vessel (300), a warning is provided to persons in the relevant area (306) of the vessel (300). The system uses sensors (226, 228, /10, 12, 40) provided adjacent to the side of a ship (300) to indicate the presence of the cargo item (304) to a programmable logic controller (PLC) which activates a strobe (53) and siren (57) to provide a warning to people in the hold or on shore (306). The system also makes provision for the position of the boom (206) of a crane (200) that loads or unloads cargo items (304) to be monitored by the PLC to provide an indication of cargo item (304) approaching the hold of the ship (300) or approaching the shore (306).