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The context relates to coils of flexible pipes.

Coils can be loaded eye to the sky, eye to the door or eye to the side. Usually loading coils eye to the sky is not so problematic, as the coil weight is not so high and the weight is better distributed. Loading eye to the side is the common method and usually used for the heavy coils.

A ll guidelines like weight distribution, bedding, blocking and lashing have to be followed
by all stuffing methods (eye to sky and eye to door)

Also, Coils of pipe may be positioned in an “eye to the side” or “eye to the sky” orientation. When the flexible pipe is coiled and is disposed with its interior channel facing upwards, such that the coil is in a horizontal orientation, then the coils of pipe are referred to as being in an “eye to the sky” orientation. If, instead, the flexible pipe is coiled and disposed such that the interior channel is not facing upwards, such that the coil is in an upright or vertical orientation, then the coils of pipe are referred to as being in an “eye to the side” orientation

  • I would assume that "eye" refers to the opening in the center of the coil. – Hot Licks Nov 3 '18 at 12:30
  • You might find Flatbed Terminology useful. Apparently when a large coil is being transported on a truck, if the "eye" of the coil (either of the "open" ends) faces fowards or sideways (as opposed to upwards, "to the sky"), it's called a suicide coil (truck driver is more likely to end up getting killed if there's an accident and the coil breaks free of its strapping). Fascinating stuff, but a bit domain-specific for ELU. – FumbleFingers Nov 3 '18 at 14:30
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Based on the comments.

HERE we find diagrams

Eye to the Side
side

Eye to the Sky
sky

  • Did you find one for pie-eyed? – Hot Licks Nov 3 '18 at 21:32

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