A change to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulation will bring in new laws which will dictate that all containers must have a verified weight certificate in advance of being loaded onto a ship.
The new laws, which came into force on 1st July 2016, are an attempt to reduce the number of accidents at sea caused by loads being poorly distributed on ships.
Whilst port operators generally have measures in place to capture the weight value of the container as it is being loaded onto the vessel, it is evident that there are a number of containers being delivered to port where the weight values are different to those captured by the portside cranes, in doing so creating a potentially costly discrepancy. This could be the result of an inaccurate weight verification at the point where the container is loaded onto the road vehicle.
The solution is to install a comprehensive on-board weighing system like Bowmonk's On-board Weigh Scale System. This constantly displays the Gross and Payload weights simultaneously in real time, allowing the driver/operator to monitor the weight value as it is being loaded, with the option to print a verification report on arrival at the port.
For more information about the SOLAS container weight verification requirement click here (opens in new window).