TM 55-607/NAVSEA OP 3221 Rev 2
All voids ill the top tier will be blocked. This condition is
(2) The number of loads to be stowed and the
clearly shown in inset B and the basic illustration.
distance port-to-starboard of the stowage area
Wherever the ship's deck is unobstructed, decking is not
determine which configuration should be used. In either
necessary because the skids of the fire bomb, BLU-
instance, it can be seen that a given number of loads at
32/B, unit load are wooden.
both sides of the hold are stowed longitudinally fore and
c. Securing Palletized 105-mm Cartridges. The
aft and that the inboard stowage area contains loads
105-mm HE cartridge is carried by merchant-type ships
that are stowed longitudinally athwartships. Each case
in unit loads of several different configurations.
makes optimum use of space and results in a tight stow.
However, these loads usually consist of palletized boxes
(3) The ideal condition is illustrated in inset A,
measuring 37Y4 by 121/s by 73/4 inches and weighing
120 pounds each. Each box contains two 105-mm
from predetermined points at the port and starboard
A representative load that may be
sides of the hold, which will result in distance "W" being
considered as typical is the US Coast Guard approved
nearly equal to the length of either one or two unit loads,
C445 package, which consists of 15 boxes banded
whichever is more convenient. Then, in the inboard
together on skids with a total weight of 1,840 pounds.
area, unit loads are stowed athwartships. Notice that no
The boxes are stacked five high and three across,
voids are shown between unit loads in inset A, although
resulting in a package 37V4 inches long, 363/8 inches
small voids actually may exist in all tiers except the top
wide, and 44 inches high (including the skids).
tier. Any void in this tier regardless of how small will be
(1) Stowage of all types of palletized boxes of
fully blocked. It is feasible that a void in this instance
may only be inches in width and can be filled effectively
by use of appropriate thicknesses of 2by 10or 12-inch
efficiency of the stow is evident, as maximum available
boards cut to size. As a result, the height of the inboard
cube is utilized without significant voids. Positioning of
stowage is slightly lower than the outboard stowage.
pallets is important in achieving a secure stow and
(4) The major difference between the loading
requires that the unit loads be stowed with careful
plan in inset B and that of inset A (fig 9-2) is the
horizontal and vertical alignment of rows and tiers.
distance "W" In inset B this distance appreciably
Each unit load should bear tightly against adjoining
exceeds the length of two unit loads. Consequently,
loads in the stow. Random small voids within the stow
voids exist in each tier, but if voids in tiers other than the
are secured with full-block structures or void tables.
top tier are no larger than one-third the length of the unit
load, they need not be blocked.