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Container weight verification compliance

Strainstall outlines pathway to SOLAS container gross weight verification compliance.

In 2013 Strainstall set out the technology options, costs and opportunities for container verified gross mass (VGM) determination, as a contribution to the debate on the impending regulation in its white paper: Taking the load off - technology options, costs and opportunities for the implementation of container weight verification.

Now, with less than three months remaining before the implementation of the amended Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) rules, Strainstall has launched a white paper to assist those affected by the new rules in carting a pathway to compliance, clarifying the technical and commercial options and presenting a cost-effective, robust and accurate solution.

As the paper sets-out, while the shipper is ultimately responsible for VGM declaration, ports and terminals are the natural environment for container VGM solutions to be implemented, as packed containers are processed as a part of normal operations. While the shipper is responsible for declaring the packed container weight, a failure to do so will be disruptive and costly to operations, while the provision of this service by the ports and terminals will provide a very clear opportunity to provide an additional added value commercial service.

The paper describes a range of viable solutions that are available for cost-effective retrofit integration on existing assets, including the full range of container handling equipment, from reach stackers, RTGs and straddle carriers.

"In talking to port and terminal operators it is clear that they are keen to assist shippers to achieve compliance with the new SOLAS regulations," commented Strainstall managing director Simon Everett. "In publishing this white paper our aim is to clarify the technical and commercial options available, and present recommendations as to how, despite the regulatory uncertainties over certification and accuracy requirements, we can assist port and terminal operators to plan now for a cost-effective, robust and accurate solution to be able to offer a weighing service to their customers ahead of the implementation of these new regulations."