2-14. PREPARATION FOR MOVEMENT.
To prevent damage to container cargo, make sure cargo is securely packed in container.
(1) Check container cargo. Make sure all boxes and packages are properly secured. Refer to AR 746-1,
Packaging of Army Materiel for Shipment and Storage.
(2) Verify that no personnel are inside the container.
(3) Verify that all doors and guards are installed and securely fastened.
(4) Check temperature recorder indication. Verify container temperature is correct for type of cargo being
stored. If required, allow refrigeration unit to operate until temperature has stabilized.
To prevent damage to cargo, make sure electrical power, external or generator set, is
available at new work site. Refrigeration unit should only be shutdown for short periods
of time as required to load/unload container from transport vehicle.
(5) Shutdown refrigeration unit (TM 9-4110-252-14).
(6) If generator set is being used, shutdown generator set (TM 5-6115-585-12/34).
(7) If external power is being used, shutdown power source (power source manual). Disconnect refrigeration
unit external power cable from power source (TM 9-4110-252-14).
A loaded refrigerated container is extremely heavy. To prevent injury to personnel
and damage to equipment, use a hoist and sling rated at a minimum capacity of 40
tons (80,000 pounds).
Commercial container handling equipment (cranes, top-lift devices, front and side
loaders and self loading transporters) is suitable for handling the refrigerated
Always use spreader frame when top lifting container.
Containers must be lifted vertically from four corner fittings.