Alert for participants in the container supply chain - new Certified Container Weights Legislation coming soon.
19th May 2016
1 July 2016 is D-day for compliance with the new SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations which require the mandatory verification of gross container weights prior to shipping. SOLAS is an international maritime safety treaty, first introduced in 1914 after the sinking of the Titanic, designed to enhance promote safety and operational efficiencies.
This directive puts legal responsibility for compliance with the new weight regulations onto the shipper (classified as the person or legal entity whose name appears on the transport document).
There are two approved ways of weighing containers:
- The loaded container can be weighed at a verified weighing station.
- All the individual packed items can be weighed and included in the overall weight calculation for the container using calibrated and certified equipment.
Terminal operators will not be allowed to load containers that don't have a verified gross mass.
The new SOLAS requirements have legal, contractual and practical implications along the whole container supply chain and it is important for shippers to understand their obligations.
Ultrahawke has a deep understanding of the requirements and ramifications of the SOLAS changes and shippers are encouraged to contact us for expert advice on the most appropriate and commercially-sound weighing solutions.
A number of our weighing systems are approved by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority including certified weighbridges, container scales, pallet weighing scales and bulk weighing systems - and as a licensed NMI testing company, we're also authorised to test all weighing equipment.
Need to know more? Download our SOLAS Regulations July 2016 Brochure.