Lashing chains of several types are commonly used, with hooks at one or both ends, or with hook at one end and elephant foot on the other one. They are tightened with a chain tensioner or a chain turnbuckle to achieve efficient securing of vehicles.

Lashing chains and tensioners are components of cargo securing systems used in transportation to prevent cargo from shifting or moving during transit. These systems are particularly important in maritime shipping, where vessels may encounter rough seas and dynamic conditions that can affect the stability of cargo.