Release date: 08 Jun 16
The updated SOLAS convention requires the shipper to provide a container verified gross weight, using verified equipment according to the state, in the shipping documentation to the terminal operator, effective 1 July 2016.
Rinstrum has been working with companies on a range of solutions to satisfy the SOLAS convention to provide verified container weights. Some countries/states have interpreted verified as trade others have not, this will affect the selected solution. Rinstrum can assist in solutions that range from weighing the truck to weighing the container:
Truck Weighing Solutions:
– Dynamic axle weighing axleWEIGHr www.axleweighr.com
– Weigh bridge using R400 Series Indicator and Weigh In Weigh Out Application (K404)
– Weigh bridge using R400 Series Indicator and Group Static Axle Application (K405)
Container Weighing Solutions:
– Fork lift on board weighing using an R320 Indicator and Pressure Transducer
– Four load cells installed under the container and summed
– Skeleton frame/ weigh bar (bridge no deck)
Rinstrum existing onboard truck weighing application would also allow for container weighing (R400 Series Indicator using K491 firmware)
Contact your local Rinstrum office to discuss the best solution with our Sales Engineers.
Summary of the requirements produced by the World Shipping Council (WSC)
Extracts from the WSC SOLAS Summary:
– The responsibility for obtaining and documenting the verified gross weight of a packed container lies with the shipper. The shipper is responsible for providing an accurate verified gross mass for each packed container.
– Shipping Document: This document can be part of the shipping instructions to the shipping company or a separate communication (e.g., a declaration including a weight certificate produced by a weigh station using calibrated and certified equipment on the route between the shipper’s origin and the port terminal). In either case, the document should clearly highlight that the gross mass provided is the “verified gross mass”.
– Where container weight verification is performed outside a container terminal, carriers shall transmit shippers container weight verifications to the terminal operator, per agreed formats and standards,
– SOLAS amendments become effective on 1 July 2016 for packed containers received for transportation (gate-in or off-rail).
Calibrated and certified equipment: means a scale, weighbridge, lifting equipment or any other device, capable of determining the actual gross mass of a packed container or of packages and cargo items, pallets, dunnage and other packing and securing material, that meets the accuracy standards and requirements of the State in which the equipment is being used.
Shipper: means a legal entity or person named on the bill of lading
More details: www.axleweighr.com