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What are Stevedore Straps?

What are Stevedore Straps?

Industryspecific vocabulary is often one of biggest sources of confusion in anybusiness. The bulk bag industry is no different. At National Bulk Bag, we get aton of questions surrounding terminology.

For example,let’s examine the term bulk bag. They are also called FIBCs (flexibleintermediate bulk containers), jumbo bags, big bags, super sacks; the list goeson. It’s no surprise to us when there is confusion surrounding stevedorestraps. The name alone is strange enough, but what are they? What other terms areused to refer to them? Let’s explore.


Stevedore Straps

Stevedore strapsare essentially additional straps that attach in some way to the polypropylenestraps that are sewn into a FIBC. They are sold separately and/or with the bagsthemselves. There are several different types, but all of them are loopedthrough the existing bag loops to offer additional ways to lift the bag. Themost common uses are for forklifts. These straps give easy access pointsfor forklifts to slide into and move the bag throughout any facilitymaking them very popular in many warehouses where FIBCs are in use.

Stevedore strapsare often referred to as ‘loading belts’.


Stevedore StrapTypes

There are threestevedore strap types that are the most commonly used:

1) Standard Stevedore Straps

Standardstraps are often referred to as simply stevedore straps. In this type,four individual straps attach to each of the straps sewn into the bags.

2) Double Stevedore Straps(double loading belt)

A double stevedoreset up involves two longer straps where each is looped through two of thestraps that are sewn into the bag. This is a very common type of stevedore foruse with forklifts as it makes it very easy to put the forklift’s arms throughthe straps for easy lifting.

3) Single Stevedore (singleloading belt)

A single stevedoreset up involves a single strap that loops through all four straps that are sewninto the bag offering a very simple and easy option. This is another verycommon set up where forklifts are involved as it makes it very easy to pick upand move the FIBC throughout a facility.

Should you use stevedore straps with yourFIBCs?

Like most questions of this nature regarding FIBCs, it reallydepends on your product, application, and most importantly your facility. Ifyour facility uses a lot of forklifts, these straps can make grabbing,moving, and positioning bags easier and more efficient. The biggestdeterrent is cost. FIBCs with straps will generally cost more than thosewithout, so that will always factor into any purchasing decision. That beingsaid, in facilities with high forklift use, stevedore straps are usually a goodinvestment due to the efficiency gains in loading/unloading FIBCs.