PEMA Weighs in on Container Weight Debate
The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA), the global industry body for port equipment and technology, has, through its safety and environment committee, ICHCA International, other NGOs and regulatory bodies, taken a proactive role in the debate surrounding the upcoming legislation on container weighing, which is due to come into effect on July 1, 2016.
Ottonel Popesco, President of PEMA, said: “We are committed to providing information on the best recommendations and practices to reduce the incidence of misdeclared [sic] and overweight containers; as PEMA we bring the equipment manufacturers’ voice to the table.”
In 2013, PEMA published an information paper on weighing containers in ports and terminals.
The publication highlights port-based container weighing technologies and systems that are currently available, including the capability to accurately verify container weights.
The paper covers both weighbridges and weighing systems for use on various container handling equipment, including ship-to-shore container cranes, rubber-tyred gantry cranes, rail mounted gantry cranes and reach stackers
Lars Meurling, Chairman of the PEMA Safety and Environment committee, said: “The correct declaration of container weight is a critical issue for the shipping industry and one that is occupying many of our members’ attention.
“We will continue to act as an active partner to all bodies interested in developing a workable and realistic solution for the terminal operators.”
Container weighing is currently a key issue within the port and shipping industry, with operators globally showing concern as to the most efficient and accurate way to weigh a container as the date the rule is enacted nears.