From 1 July 2016, all containers must be weighed precisely before shipment and, in future, everyone involved in container freight must comply with the directive. This involves new and different requirements for the equipment used to handle containers at shipping companies. If the consignors do not know the exact container weight at a harbour control, they have to pay a fine for the offence.
The consignor is responsible for ensuring that a container has been weighed correctly, including the duty to provide correct and approved equipment for weighing the container before departure. The weighing document ("verified gross mass") must also arrive at the freight operator in time. Without an overall approval, the cargo will not be loaded.
For all reach stackers and heavy-duty trucks, a weighing system can now be integrated capable of weighing the load with an accuracy of +/- 0.1 per cent, which meets the requirements of the SOLAS Directive. At the same time, the system calculates the container weight in the handling phase which results in a highly efficient harbour handling process.
This solution is able to weigh a large number of containers a day and a powerful, newly developed IT-based solution ensures that all data is received at the right place - and enables tracking the process via a mobile phone or a PC.