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Side-loading system of CALA PIANO

The 11,550dwt reefer vessel CALA PIANO is equipped with the twin side loading system to handle underdeck palletised cargo. Each of the two starboard side units consists of a large side door, a side platform extending out over the quay from the vertically stowed position, two platform conveyors, plus an outer-section scissor lift for meeting varying quay heights. Each platform, accommodating eight pallets, is served inboard by the ship fleet of forklift trucks which handle the cargo from and to every point throughout the multi-deck hold spaces. Watertight doors in the two athwartship bulkheads permit vehicle access throughout the underdeck spaces.

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