Method and apparatus for loading stacks of cartons of frozen animal products onto vessels using a carrier

  • US 6,974,295 B2
  • Filed: 09/06/2003
  • Issued: 12/13/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/08/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A carrier for depalletizing and receiving stacks of cartons of frozen animal product without the use of slip sheets, for lifting stacks of cartons into the hold of a ship, and for supporting such stacks of cartons for removal therefrom by a load push lift truck for stowage within the ship, the carrier comprising:

  • a base having an upper surface for receiving and supporting at least one stack of cartons of frozen animal product;

    a plurality of fork channels in the upper surface capable of receiving the blades of a load push lift truck for removal and stowage of the stack of cartons in the hold of the ship, the base further including a loading edge adjacent to which a pallet bearing a stack of cartons of frozen animal products may be positioned and over which such stack of cartons may be slid onto the carrier from the pallet; and

    a connector connected to the base and extending upward therefrom for connecting the base to an overhead lifting device capable of lifting the carrier into the hold of a vessel.

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