Hatch Cover and RoRo-equipment specialist Cargo Care Solutions is set to unveil its latest product development during this week’s popular SMM exhibition in Hamburg, Germany (September 4 to 7).

The UltraPad, a new type of polymer-based, self-lubricating hatch cover support pad has just received a type approval from Germanischer Lloyd in recognition of its low wear and low friction characteristics.

The UltraPad features an improved locking pin mechanism preventing loss of the pads. The very low friction rate means the UltraPad has a smooth sliding feature resulting in low noise operation. UltraPad has the lowest wear rate available on today's market, ensuring the pad has a longer lifetime.  Easy wear detection adds to the pad's safety, making it easy to determine when it needs to be changed and therefore avoiding the damages which can occur to the hatch cover and coaming structure when a worn support pad is not replaced in time.

Peter Peltenburg, Group Director of Cargo Care Solutions, says: "This new hatch cover support pad represents excellent value for money for ship owners and managers - up to a forty per cent saving. In today's market with tight margins this will certainly be a real benefit."

The UltraPad can be used as replacement for other traditional types of hatch cover support pads and is available in a range of sizes to meet customer's needs.

Cargo Care Solutions offers tailor-made programs to help identify the best solutions to keep your hatch covers in top shape. To discuss this further, please telephone:

+31 (0)10-4293222 (The Netherlands);          

+49 (0)40-7893160 (Germany); 

+65 (6235) 6188 (Singapore)