20 November 2015

James Fisher Strainstall's CWS to go global. 

Demand for James Fisher Strainstall's innovative Container Weight System (CWS)™ is set to go global as container ports around the world attempt to meet new container weight verification rules.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) declared that by July 2016 every container must, by law, declare its weight before being boarded on to a vessel. 

The move has triggered a surge in interest for James Fisher Strainstall's (JF Strainstall) Container Weight System™ as a quick-fix solution which promises minimum impact to existing port operations.

CWS™ combines load monitoring technology with wireless data logging, which can be mounted directly to a variety of different container lifting or handling devices. This combination means containers can be accurately weighed as part of the regular lifting cycle at the port, and the information wirelessly transferred to a laptop, handheld device or a cab mounted display, as well as being fed directly to the Terminal Operating System (TOS).

Originally developed 18 months ago, the team at JF Strainstall has been continually modifying and improving CWS™ to suit the ever changing industry requirements.

Adrian Coventry, engineering director at JF Strainstall, who oversaw the development of CWS™, explains one significant feature is its flexibility:  

"Load cells can be installed, or retrofitted, on to any form of the lifting frame in less than two hours".

They can be configured either as industry standard twistlocks, load pins in the headblock arrangement or diaphragm cells located at the twistlocks in the spreader. They can be fitted to any sort of container handling equipment such as reach stackers, straddle carriers, container handlers or gantry cranes.

Adrian added that:

"The flexible container weighing system eliminates the need for a dedicated weighing station and simplifies the logistical flow of the terminal, so increasing operational safety and efficiency."

CWS™ not only gives an accurate measurement of weight, it also identifies eccentrically loaded containers or loose loads within the container, further enhancing the safety of port operations.

CWS™ has been successfully trialled at Felixstowe, but the immediacy of the IMO's ruling has generated enquiries worldwide. Adrian concluded that there is a massive global opportunity for CWS™ as container ports all over the world are keen to implement solutions for their ports before July next year.