Strainstall has secured a significant order from DP World Southampton (DPWS) for its container weight system (CWS).
The order is the first major commitment by a global container terminal, with DPWS being one of the first operators to launch a container weight verification service for its customers.
Strainstall’s CWS solution has been specifically developed to meet the SOLAS container weight verification regulations and was trialled at DP World Southampton, demonstrating the system’s accuracy, which is in excess of industry expectations.
Nick Loader, CEO of DP World Southampton, said: “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 and the system will be fully integrated into our TOS to ensure we are able to offer a full VGM [verified gross mass] service by July 1, 2016.”
DP World recently confirmed that its UK ports will offer a full container weighing service, having recognised the need to provide a service to its customers to assist the industry to meet the SOLAS requirements.
With less than three months until the amendment comes into force, DP World wants to be able to offer a fully compliant service to ensure there is no disruption to UK exports through its ports.
Simon Everett, Managing Director of Strainstall, said: “Our latest generation container weighing system is the culmination of two years of development by our engineering team, and we’re delighted that DP World Southampton has decided to equip all their straddle carriers with it.”
The CWS is designed to be integrated into terminal operating systems giving a simple and automated process for producing a Verified Gross Mass for SOLAS compliance.
Everett concluded: “There is a massive global requirement for our container weighing system. The deadline for compliance is fast approaching and port operators all over the world are anxious to implement solutions before the regulations come into force. With the MCA being the only state competent authority so far confirming the accuracy requirements, the industry is running out of time to get solutions implemented.”
Watch our latest video with Mr Everett where he explains how ports and terminals can prepare for the new rule: