12 November 2013

James Fisher Strainstall introduce new Container Weighing System (CWS)™

James Fisher Strainstall utilise 45 years of experience in providing industry leading measurement solutions to develop a new container weighing system for dockside cranes.

  • Developed after talks with the International Maritime Organisation
  • Designed to enable users to establish exact weight of containers
  • Significantly improves productivity
  • Reduces the risk of accidents and damage to equipment due to overloaded containers

Following talks within the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to introduce mandatory weighing of containers, JF Strainstall have utilised their 45 years of experience in providing industry leading measurement solutions to developed their own container weighing system.

The system is designed for low impact installation and enables operators to view live loadings via an in-cab display or log/transmit data for analysis at a later stage. Various integration options are available, including modification of spreader twist locks and replacing existing load bearing pins or components with load measuring pins within the existing spreader head block assembly.

Benefits include:

  • Simple non-intrusive integration
  • High accuracy and reliability
  • Optional telemetry versions available
  • Numerous output options
  • View live or store historic data
  • Can be retrofitted
  • Monitors live and eccentric loads

The system has been specifically developed to enable port authorities, shipping companies and couriers to establish the exact weight of containers, as well as the ability to detect eccentric loads. Having this information can help avoid accidents and damage to equipment, stack collapse due to overloaded containers, poorly loaded vessels consuming additional fuel, and revenue loss for terminals and shipping lines from transporting containers with underdeclared weights.

Scott Cruttenden, business development manager said:

“This new system means port operators can significantly improve both safety and productivity by allowing crane operators to know exactly what weights they are lifting, enabling vessels to be correctly loaded and by ensuring all containers are charged according to actual weight."

JF Strainstall are currently working with the Port of Tilbury on a solution using traditional twist locks. They will be trialling the system with a view to rolling it out on all their straddle carriers.