James Fisher Strainstall's (JF Strainstall) Container Weight System (CWS)™ seamlessly integrates load monitoring technology onto existing container handling equipment, with no operational impact to ports and terminals.
CWS™, specifically developed to meet the International Maritime Organisation's amendments to SOLAS safety guidelines, delivers accurate weight verification data in real-time, as part of a ports regular lifting cycle.
Fully configurable to your specific spreader based cargo handling equipment, CWS™ seamlessly integrates into existing terminal operating systems (TOS), giving a simple and automated process for producing verified gross mass (VGM) for SOLAS compliance.
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The award winning Container Weight System™
Port Technology International interviews JF Strainstall's managing director, Simon Everett, on the SOLAS VGM rules that ports and terminals need to know
“We assessed a number of different options to be able to offer a container weighing service to our customers and selected Strainstall’s system because it doesn’t require any changes to our port operating procedures and is quick to install. The trials demonstrated an accuracy above our expectations.”
Nick Loader, chief executive officer, DP World Southampton
Fully compatible container weighing solution
JF Strainstall’s CWS™ is designed to be retrofitted to existing container handling equipment with no modification required enabling quick and easy installation in about an hour. Working closely with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) CWS™ is fully adaptable to suit all the major crane and spreader manufacturers’ equipment.
The system can be retrofitted into the spreader headblock or at the twistlock making it a permanent feature of the container handling equipment with minimal wear. Alternatively, the twistlocks themselves can be replaced if 20ft twinlift spreaders are used.
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JF Strainstall's CWS™ solution has been specifically developed to meet container weight verification regulations with minimal impact to port and terminal operations.
CWS™ has successfully achieved full Automatic Weighing Instruments EU-type approval from the National Measurements and Regulatory Office.
|Accuracy exceeds industry expectations and is a fully certified system||Full compliance to SOLAS regulations|
|Weight obtained during the normal lifting cycle||No delay to port or terminal operations|
|Retrofit solutions for all existing spreader based container handling systems||Flexible integrated solution|
|TLS can be used to extend twistlock service life based on lift data||Reduces ongoing twistlock replacement costs|
|Full TOS integration, with data output in various analogue / digital formats||Seamless process for producing VGM|
|Load pin non-consumable system||Low maintenance costs|
|Identifies eccentrically loaded and overloaded containers||Improved safety|
|Simple to install - no modification required to existing equipment||Reduced installation costs resulting in minimal downtime|
|Modular 'plug and play' spares system with no ongoing servicing||Minimises potential system downtime|
|Simple on-site calibrations with no need to remove the equipment||Low running costs and easy to maintain|
|No driver intervention required - fully automatic system||Eliminates potential for human error, no training required|
|Rugged proven technology - vibration and shock resistant||Highly reliable for long life and low maintenance|
|On-board data logging||Historical data available for analysis and a backup to TOS system|
|Wireless system options||Quick installation and eliminates the risk of cable damage|
|Optional 3G / 4G modem for remote access||Enables remote commissioning, operational support and upgrades|
|Small and lightweight system with minimal power requirements||Simplifies installation|
Successful trials prove JF Strainstall's Container Weight System™ delivers extremely high accuracy levels.
Successful trials of the latest generation Container Weight System™ at some of Europe's largest container terminals have resulted in 100% of all data points falling within ± 300 kgs up to 20 tonne and 1.5% of the load beyond 20 tonne - giving you full confidence in the performance of CWS™ to ensure SOLAS compliance.
Download the full CWS™ trial report (2.6MB).
SOLAS VGM Guidance
One of the biggest challenges facing the international container handling and shipping industry recently is the change to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)'s SOLAS regulations.
In developing the new 2016 SOLAS amendment on container VGM determination, the IMO has kept things simple. From 1 July 2016 onwards, in order to protect the safety of ships, workers both on board and ashore involved in the handling of cargoes, and overall safety at sea, the verified gross mass of any packed container must be declared prior to stowage on board the vessel.
This is not an optional requirement or an indication of best practice, but rather a legal obligation for all vessels affected by SOLAS regulations visiting any port in any IMO member state, anywhere in the world.
JF Strainstall has compiled key container weighing information to guide you through the amendments and help you achieve full compliance.
JF Strainstall's container weighing technical papers
JF Strainstall has published two technical papers outlining the pathway to container VGM compliance, clarifying the technical and commercial options available as well as presenting a cost-effective, robust and accurate solution.
As the 2016 paper sets-out, while the shipper is ultimately responsible for VGM declaration, ports and terminals offer a natural environment for container VGM solutions to be implemented with packed containers already being lifted as part of normal operations.
The provision of this service by ports and terminals provides a very clear opportunity to offer an additional added value commercial service, while a failure to do so will be disruptive and costly to operations.
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International Marine Organisation (IMO)'s SOLAS maritime treaty amendments
The misdeclaration of container weights is a significant industry issue that arises in almost every trade and has led to a number of catastrophic incidents. The new amendments, approved by the IMO in 2014, have been created to ensure the safety of the ship, the safety of workers both aboard ships and ashore, the safety of cargo and overall safety at sea.
The International Convention for the Safety of Lives at Sea (SOLAS) has been amended (chapter VI, part A, regulation 2) to require (by law) that packed containers' gross mass are verified prior to stowage aboard ship. This legislation covers all SOLAS regulated vessels, which is 98.6% of the world's tonnage.
As of 1 July 2016, it is now a legal requirement for every export container to have a verified container weight as a condition for loading aboard a vessel. All regulated parties within the container supply chain (shippers, carriers, terminal operators) need to establish and implement processes in order to abide by these new regulations in time for the enforcement date.
The IMO's SOLAS amendments provide two approved methods in determining the container weight:
- Method one - weighing the loaded container
- Method two - weighing the contents of the container and adding those weights to the containers tare weight
Download the World Shipping Council's presentation "Verification of container weights; background and new operational reality" delivered at The International Cargo Handling Coordination Association's container weighing seminar, September 2015, for further information.
In January 2007, the containership MSC Napoli suffered a structural failure and broke up off the coast of the UK. Misdeclared container weights were identified as a factor causing the structural failure.
Upon reviewing the official investigation report, the UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch invited the World Shipping Council and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) to develop industry best practices for safe container handling. For other examples of incidents involving misdeclared container weights see IMO document DSC17/INF.5
The IMO recognised and discussed the problem of incorrect container weights for over seven years, spurred on by the MSC Napoli incident. With the input of many governments and industry organisations, it has now approved an openly and carefully negotiated and crafted compromise proposal for addressing this recognised and documented safety and Customs problem.
Verified gross mass of containers
In order to help clarify the specific nature of the changes, the World Shipping Council provides the following basic synopsis of the SOLAS requirements:
- Every packed container must have a verified container weight as a condition for loading aboard a vessel. There is no exception to this requirement.
- Under the SOLAS amendments, there are two approved methods for weighing: Method 1, weighing the fully loaded container or Method 2, weighing the contents of the container and adding those weights to the tare weight of the container.
- Estimating the weight is not permitted. The shipper has the responsibility for weighing the packed container or it's contents. Under either method, the weighing equipment used must meet national certification and calibration requirements.
- A carrier may rely on a shipper's signed weight verification to be accurate. The carrier does not need to be a 'verifier' of the shippers weight nor do they need to verify that the weight declared according to 'Method 2', has been completed by a certified method and approved by the competent authority of the jurisdiction in which the container was packed and sealed. It is important to note that for the shipper's weight verification to be compliant with the SOLAS requirement, it must be 'signed', meaning a specific person representing the shipper is named and identified as having verified the accuracy of the weight calculation on behalf of the shipper.
- The lack of a signed shipper weight verification can be remedied by weighing the packed container at the port. If the marine terminal does not have the equipment to weigh the container and provide a verified weight, alternative means must be found to obtain a verified container weight.
- When a marine terminal receives a packed export container that does not have a signed shipper weight verification, there will need to be processes in place at the terminal for obtaining the weight verification for the vessel stow plan.
- If a packed container is weighed at the load port, that weight is to be used for the vessel stow planning.
- Vessel stow plans should use verified weights for all packed containers loaded board.
For more information on the IMO's requirement for container weight verification or to download the full text of applicable SOLAS regulations visit the World Shipping Council website.
Proven container weighing solutions
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Why install an integrated weighing system?
Ports and terminals are the natural environment for container VGM solutions to be implemented as packed containers are already lifted as part of normal operations.
JF Strainstall's Container Weight System (CWS)™ enables the weight of a container to be determined without the need to do anything different to what ports and terminals do today, the weight is obtained during the course of existing lifting operations.
As the shipper is responsible for declaring the packed container weight, this offers the very clear opportunity to provide an additional added value commercial service for ports and terminals.
Load pin or twistlock solutions?
Load pins offer perhaps the most well-proven, robust, cost effective and accurate means of weight measurement, and can be integrated into a wide range of port and terminal equipment. JF Strainstall's technical paper, container weight verification: how to achieve fast, accurate and commercially viable SOLAS compliance, details the different technology options available.
CWS™ has now successfully achieved full EU-type approval from the National Measurements and Regulatory Office.
This technology is well proven across a wide range of industries, including the monitoring of large offshore structures, oil and gas installations, and harsh subterranean mining applications. Customers can be assured that the technology received is robust and extremely well-proven against environmental conditions, shock and vibration. JF Strainstall has also undertaken successful trials that proves the accuracy of this solution for container weight verification.
For customers wishing to implement a twistlock based container VGM system, JF Strainstall recommends solutions based on durable and long lasting strain gauge instrumented twistlock collars. This approach provides the best available form of twistlock based solution in terms of cost, accuracy and long term durability.
Crucially for both load pin and twistlock based implementations, Stainstall's experience is that there is no requirement for current terminal operating procedures to be changed. Load pin and strain gauge based systems are comparatively easy to maintain in situ without the need for external technical support.
Find out more about JF Strainstall's fully integrated Container Weight System™.
Load pin Container Weight System™ configurations
Container weighing FAQs
JF Strainstall has compiled a list of the key frequently asked questions relating to the implementation of the new SOLAS container weighing regulations.
The international convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) is an international maritime treaty to ensure the safety of the ship, the safety of workers both aboard ships and ashore, the safety of cargo and overall safety at sea. The treaty has been recently amended (chapter VI, part A, regulation 2) to require (by law) that packed containers' gross mass are verified prior to stowage aboard ship. This legislation covers all SOLAS regulated vessels, which is 98.6% of the world's tonnage.
The IMO's SOLAS amendments provide two approved methods in determining the container weight:
- Method 1 - weighing the loaded container
- Method 2 - weighing the contents of the container and adding those weights to the containers tare weight
If the new regulation is clear, at least in principle, on what needs to be done to achieve compliance, it is also unambiguous on who is ultimately responsible: Container VGM determination can be subcontracted to a third party by the shipper, but the shipper remains responsible for regulatory compliance.
Under the SOLAS requirements, the shipper named on the ocean bill of lading is the party responsible for providing the maritime (ocean) carrier (master) and the terminal operator (terminal representative) with the verified gross mass of a packed container. The carrier and the terminal operator must not load a packed container aboard a ship unless they have the verified gross mass for that container.
Due to the complexity of the international supply chain, the entity identified as the shipper on the bill of lading may not have direct or physical control over key elements of the process by which verified gross mass is determined. A shipper in such circumstances should be aware of their responsibilities and ensure that arrangements are in place to obtain and provide a verified gross mass in compliance with these international and national regulations.
Download JF Strainstall's 2016 container weight verification technical paper (5.5MB) to learn more.
SOLAS does not instruct any particular form for communicating the verified gross mass of a container. The VGM information must be signed and dated by the shipper or a person duly authorised by the shipper. Signatures may consist of the last name of the responsible person in capital letters and can be exchanged electronically.
As an international issue, SOLAS regulations state that VGM weighing equipment, for both method one and two solutions, must meet national certification and calibration requirements. There is no provision in SOLAS for any margin of error.
Shippers using compliant weighing equipment and procedures will obtain VGM values that are well within any national tolerances adopted for enforcement purposes.
The new ruling will be officially enforced by the maritime authorities of individual nations, whose implementing regulations will vary depending on country and region. The real-world enforcement seems most likely to be carried out directly by the container lines and terminal operators, who are obligated not to load a container without the certified VGM document accompanying it. National enforcement agencies may implement measures to satisfy themselves that compliance is achieved, which could include documentation checks, auditing or random weight checks.
Compliance with this obligation by the carrier and terminal operator may result in commercial and operational penalties, such as delayed shipment and additional costs if the shipper has not provided the verified gross mass for the packed container. As a commercial issue, penalties may involve repacking costs, administration fees for amending documents, delayed or cancelled shipments.
Although the shipper is ultimately responsible for declaring the verified weight of a container, the new amendments will affect and therefore apply to everyone within the supply chain. Shippers, freight forwarders, vessel operators and terminal operators will all need to establish procedures to ensure the implementation of the SOLAS regulatory change.
The SOLAS rules require the shipper to communicate the verified gross mass as part of an official shipping document. It must be signed by a person duly authorised by the shipper, with a first and last name, not just a company name. The signature may be an electronic signature or may be replaced by the name in capitals of the person authorised to sign it.
The VGM and signature can be part of the shipping instructions communicated via electronic data interchange (EDI), or be contained within a separate communication including a hard copy document. In either case, the document should clearly highlight that the gross mass provided is the verified gross mass.
While the onus is upon the shipper to fulfil the container weight verification obligation, the most practical location at which weighing can take place is at the ports and terminals, where lifting is a part of the existing cargo handling process.
JF Strainstall’s Container Weight System™ enables the weight of a container to be determined without the need to do anything different to what ports and terminals do today, the weight is obtained during the course of existing lifting operations. Spreader based weighing solutions are the only solution that have zero time and operational impact on existing terminal operations.
There is no need to implement separate lift and drop or more complex weighbridge based processes. This gives ports and terminals the opportunity to obtain a VGM for each container without any additional operational cost If a container turns up to a terminal without a verified weight it cannot be loaded onto the vessel. By installing a container weighing system on site, any potential issues of containers being stranded at the terminal need not be a worry.
The SOLAS regulations provide that verified gross mass shall be obtained under both method 1 and 2 by using weighing equipment that meets the applicable accuracy standards and requirements in the State in which the equipment is being used. Those national standards and requirements will determine the acceptable level of accuracy of the weighing equipment used.
There is no single international approval for weighing equipment to provide accurate VGM, however, all equipment used (whether for method 1or method 2) will need to meet the applicable accuracy standards and requirements of the state in which the equipment is being used.
NOTE: JF Strainstall's CWS™ has successfully achieved EU-type approval, ensuring full SOLAS compliance.
Container weighting news
JF Strainstall: the leading light on container weighing news.
A round up of all the latest news and events for the container weighing industry.
How has the introduction of the SOLAS VGM rules changed the industry?
TT Club's risk management director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox talks with Port Technology on the impact that the SOLAS VGM rules have had on the global shipping industry. Safety has, to some extent, improved but implementation by national governments around the world has been restricted for various reasons. Watch the interview with Port Technology.
IMO receives award from ICHCA
The IMO has been honoured with the inaugural John Strang A.O. memorial award from the ICHCA to celebrate its significant contribution to improving the health and well-being of seafarers and port workers alike. Learn more about the award.
States are under equipped to enforce SOLAS regulations
A new technical paper from TT Club claims that national governments do not have the resources required to support the legislation from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Download the free technical paper.
Fewer containers are being lost at sea
The World Shipping Council (WLC) claims that fewer containers are being lost at sea this year than in previous years. The WLC say that non-catastrophic container losses in 2014 averaged 733 a year compared to 612 in 2016. This is encouraging news which can be attributed in part to industry efforts to improve container safety and reduce loss of containers, damage to cargo and potential loss of life. These efforts include the implementation of SOLAS regulations. Read the loadstar article.
Europe implements new statement of weight regulations
In May 2017 a new directive was implemented in the EU which emphasises the need for correct weight information in the freight supply chain and potentially clarifies issues surrounding liability. Following on from the SOLAS regulations the new directive concerns transport of containers and swap bodies and will require the shipper to provide a statement of weight to the haulier. Read the full article.
Industry leaders call for Cargo Transport Units (CTU) code compliance
TT Club, in collaboration with the Global Shippers Forum (GSF), ICHCA and the World Shipping Council (WSC), are calling for the shipping industry to address the CTU code and SOLAS verified gross mass (VGM) requirements more seriously in the interest of improving safety for the industry as a whole.
How to get the message of container safety to reach a wider industry audience?
Despite continuing improvements in the legislation surrounding container packing safety, many in the industry are resistant to change. This issue is further compounded by difficulties enforcing the regulations, meaning incorrectly declared container weights are still causing problems. A simple message of safety, a real punishment for those not obeying the rules and better training might be key according to this loadstar article.
VGM nine months on.
New international regulations implemented last July clearly defined what comprises 'gross mass' for transporting packed containers by sea and required one of two weighing processes to support documented communication between stakeholders. Read the full TT Club Talk article.
ICHCA International Conference 2017
Join us in Las Palmas in October 2017 to mark 65 years of ICHCA International working to improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of the cargo handling industry worldwide. The Conference will be looking towards the future of cargo handling through 5 key sessions on how to make the global cargo chain SAFE, SUSTAINABLE, SECURE, SMART and SKILLED. ICHCA's flagship event promises to bring together the big names in cargo handling to discuss the best ways to improve as an industry. Register to attend the ICHCA International Conference 2017.
JF Strainstall's CWS™ successfully achieves EU-type approval.
JF Strainstall in world-first with EU-type approval for load pin based container weighing system. JF Strainstall has successfully achieved full Automatic Weighing Instruments EU-type approval from the National Measurements and Regulatory Office (NMRO) for its innovative Container Weight System (CWS)™. Read the full press release.
JF Strainstall's container weighing system receives EU approval
JF Strainstall has achieved full Automatic Weighing Instruments EU-type approval from the National Measurents and Regulatory Office (NMRO) for its container weighing system (CWS). The approval enables complete compliance to the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendment for the verification of container weights. Read the full article from Container Magazine.
Incorrect container packing leads to 65% of damaged cargo
An analysis of TT Club's insurance claims records suggests that 65% of damages to cargo result from poorly packed, blocked or secured cargo in CTUs, particularly freight containers. "Yet this points to only a fraction of the extent of a significant safety problem surrounding poor packing" states TT Club's Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox. Read the TT club article here.
ICHCA Packaged Dangerous Goods Seminar and ISP 77
ICHCA launches its Packaged Dangerous Goods Seminar - managing risk, reducing incidents and improving safety along the container supply chain. Monday 6 March 2017. Register for ICHCA's seminar here.
Enforcement failure undermines container weighing rule
Following the introduction of the regulation governing the verification of container mass, which entered force on 1 July last year, BMT Surveys conducted an investigation of the effectiveness of the rule. The conclusion was that there has been little change. Read the Fairplay article here.
ICHCA launches free monthly news digest for global cargo handling community
ICHCA International, the global cargo handling NGO, has launched Cargo Handling Voice, a free monthly online news digest focused on safety, security, sustainability and efficiency in cargo handling and transport around the world. Sign up for ICHCA's news digest here.
India again extends deadline for full SOLAS compliance
Indian shippers and stakeholders have a further four-month grace period to be fully compliant with the Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS, verified gross mass mandate. Read the JOC article.
SOLAS compliance high but holdouts, IT, and accuracy issues persist
Concerns still remain on the holdouts, IT issues, and accuracy of declarations related to SOLAS container weight rule. Read the JOC article.
Download the Container Weighing eBook: Part 2
PTI is pleased to announce its second Container Weighing eBook, in which the recently enforced Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendment from the IMO is explored. You can download part 2 of Port Technology International's Container Weighing eBook here.
High Court Blocks DP World's VGM Charges
A petition instigated by the Cochin Steamer Agents' Association to the local high court has given shippers the authority to force DP World's terminal at Cochin to abandon VGM fees. Read Port Technology International's article.
Government tells Indian terminals to stop charging VGM fees
Terminals in India's busiest port are facing heat over allegations of unnecessary container weighing to meet SOLAS. Read the JOC article.
Indian shippers latest to protest SOLAS VGM fees
Shippers using India's top port are furious with new fees related to the collection and transmission of verified gross mass data. Read the JOC article.
China Struggles with VGM Submissions
Freight forwarder Kuehne + Nagel has found that 50% of the VGMs being submitted through its online portal or via forms in China are incomplete. Read Port Technology International's article.
APMT in Big Container Weighing Win
With three days of terminal operations completed under the new SOLAS regulations, export cargo loading has proceeded without incident at APM Terminals (APMT's) Global Terminal Network. Read Port Technology International's article.
No SOLAS disruption reported at major European ports
There are no reports of disruption at Europe's three largest container ports Friday as a new international regulation requiring the weight of an export container to be verified before it can be loaded onto a ship came into force. Read the JOC article.
IMO's SOLAS Amendment Enters into Force
A new regulation requiring the gross mass of a container to be verified before it is loaded onto a ship has officially entered into force. Read Port Technology International's article.
Shippers dead freight charge for SOLAS non-compliance
The United Arab Shipping Company will charge shippers a 'dead freight charge' for containers which are not loaded due to non-compliance with the new verified gross mass regulations.
Peel Ports to weigh containers at Port of Liverpool.
Construction has been completed on weighbridges at the Port of Liverpool to help cargo owners comply with the new SOLAS international regulations on container weights. Find out more with Port Technology.
VGM latest IMO advice.
Just 15% of IMO Member States ready for VGM.
While there has been a notable increase in the number of container terminals announcing they are ready to offer container weighing as a service, it is the national agencies responsible for enforcing the regulation who appear to be amongst the least prepared. Find out more with World Cargo News.
OOCL to charge big for container weighing.
For shippers who have failed to comply with the upcoming SOLAS amendment, Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL) has stated that it will weigh containers at a high cost Find out more with Port Technology.
Australian ports concerned about lenient approach to SOLAS rule.
Australia's plan to heed the IMO's call for a more lenient implementation of the SOLAS container weight rule has a group of ports and maritime authorities questioning whether too light a touch will be taken starting July 1. Find out more with JOC.
IMO urges countries to allow initial SOLAS enforcement flexibility.
Shippers, marine terminals and container lines could get some leeway in the first 3 months of the new SOLAS container weighing rule, after the IMO urges its members to exercise 'practical and pragmatic' policies when the ruling comes into force on 1 July. Find out more with Port Technology.
SOLAS VGM one month out - are you prepared?
ICHCA are hosting a highly focused working seminar to discuss the 3 C's of compliance, communication and contingency in relation to VGM legislation. Find out more with ICHCA International.
Only 40% of shippers sufficiently informed on weighing rules.
With only a month to go before the new container weighing rules come into force, a survey of shippers has found that only 40% have received sufficient information from their service providers. Find out more with Container Management Magazine.
PODCAST: Confused? Find out what the experts say about VGM.
The Loadstar podcast discusses the work being undertaken in the UK with shippers, forwarders and ports, all preparing for the rapidly approaching deadline - starting with DP World Southampton's commercial director Aart Hille Riis Lambers, explaining how its planned container weighing service will work. Find out more with The Loadstar.
Europe calls for container weighing clarity.
With implementation of the new SOLAS convention just two months away, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has called for clarity. Find out more with Port Strategy.
South Carolina port details container weighing plans.
The Port of Charleston plans to help exporters weigh containers before loading them onto ships, making it the first major US port to offer assistance with the new regulations some shippers say could raise their costs and cause delays. Find out more with The Wall Street Journal.
Container weighing: who will regulate the rule?
PTI exclusively interviews Jonathan C Williams, general manager of FONASBA, discussing whether there will be an international body who can responsibly enforce the new container weighing rule on July 1, as well as what will happen to those countries that do not comply.
ICHCA container weighing seminar 2016.
Container VGM one month out - are you ready? Wednesday 1 June 2016 | OCHA Training Centre, Antwerp, Belgium. Find out more with ICHCA.
Japan finalises SOLAS processes, punishments.
Japan's government has officially introduced a much anticipated system designed to ensure the smooth implementation of the IMO's SOLAS container weight rule from 1 July and reduced the fines for non-compliance. Failing to provide VGM figures or falsifying them to carriers and container terminal operators is punishable by fines of up to 200,000 yen (about $1,870) per case. Find out more with JOC.
China issues guidelines to SOLAS container weight rule.
China will implement random inspections on export containers as part of its enforcement of new container weighing requirements, in accordance with guidelines issued by the Chinese Ministry of Transport.
Hong Kong spells out container weighing requirements.
Hong Kong joins the UK and Japan, which have also set a plus or minus 5 percent tolerance level,while India has adopted a weight based tolerance of plus or minus 200kg. Find out more with JOC.
Port Technology launch FREE container weighing e-book.
Port Technology releases a FREE e-book with four exclusive papers exploring the container weighing issue from an operational, logistical, practical and legal perspective. Find out more with Port Technology.
Strainstall secures major order from DP World Southampton for it's world-leading container weight verification system.
The order is the first major commitment by a global container terminal, with DP World Southampton being one of the first operators to launch a container weight verification service for it's customers. Read more with Strainstall.
Strainstall launches CWS Portable™; a lightweight container weighing solution for the freight industry.
Strainstall has launched a portable Container Weight System (CWS)™ for container shippers to support compliance with the fast approaching IMO's SOLAS regulations for container weight verification. Read more with Strainstall.
Failure to comply with the new SOLAS regulations will be a criminal offence.
Failure to comply with the new container weighing safety regulations in the United Kingdom will be a criminal offence, punishable by a heavy fine or a prison term, according to a UK law firm. Find out more with JOC.
20% of countries still to identify authority will oversee new container VGM rules.
A survey conducted by the Federation of National Agents and Ship Brokers Association (FONASBA) has revealed that just 25% of respondents said that implementation plans were in place, while 31% said there were no plans and 44% said they were under development, despite there being just three months before the new rules come into force. Find out more with The Loadstar.
Not enough shipper input into SOLAS creation.
U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner has said that U.S. shippers didn't have enough of a voice in the creation of the IMO's SOLAS container weight rule and criticised the World Shipping Council for 'hijacking' the rule making. Find out more with JOC.
MSC and INTTRA enter into partnership to address SOLAS VGM requirements.
Mediterranean Shipping Company, a leader in global container shipping, and INTTRA, an ocean shipping electronic marketplace, have formed a new partnership which will introduce a solution to new container weight safety regulations.
Strainstall's award winning Container Weight System™.
Strainstall has been awarded 'Best Onboard Weighing System 2016' for its pioneering Container Weight System™ in the annual Weighing Review Readers' Choice Awards. Read more with Strainstall.
FONABSA warns of 'significant disruption' on 1 July from container weighing.
The Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents, which supports the accurate verification of container weights, said a second survey of its members in over 50 countries found that in 18 no practical guidance had been issued on practical application of the new measures. Find out more with Seatrade Maritime News.
LA-Long Beach terminals can't comply with SOLAS guidelines.
Terminal operators in the ports of Los Angeles - Long Beach do not have the infrastructure to allow them to provide VGM weighing services for containers before they are loaded on to ships. Find out more with JOC.
Brazil terminal operators in final stages of SOLAS preparations.
The president of an association representing container terminal operators is confident that Brazil will be ready for the SOLAS verified gross mass ruling and has established a special technical group to resolve any final concerns. Find out more with JOC.
IMO confirms there are to be no delays to container weighing rules.
The IMO has made it perfectly clear that there are to be no delays in the enforcement of the new SOLAS regulations for container weight verification, at the recent ICHCA conference in Barcelona. The comments came following recent news that the US Coast Guard is debating whether the impending SOLAS guidelines on container weighing would be mandatory.
Successful trials for Strainstall's latest generation Container Weight System™.
Strainstall has successfully demonstrated that system's accuracy is in excess of industry expectations. CWS™ trials resulted in 100% of all data points falling within the more stringent of the two MCA proposals - giving confidence in the performance of the system. Read more with Strainstall.
First container weighing authority announced.
General and Marine Surveyors has been selected as the first third party company to provide VGM certificates by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).
ICHCA International conference.
ICHCA International's conference took place on 29 February - 2 March 2016 at the World Trade Centre in Barcelona. Strainstall took part in the round table discussions on container weight verification in practice - from legislation to implementation. The event was a resounding success and provided a platform for some productive conversations with key industry figures. Read more with Strainstall.
Japan outlines preliminary container weight guidelines.
The Japanese government has outlined preliminary guidelines containing details of penalties and variations between the verified gross mass and actual weight of a container, for the smooth implementation of the IMO's container weight rules. Find out more with JOC.