Pioneering Deal Sets SOLAS VGM Compliance Example


Strainstall, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has secured a contract for its Container Weight System (CWS) with Kalmar – part of Cargotec, after recently gaining EU approval of the system and becoming one of the first suppliers to offer a regulation-compliant solution.

The load measurement system specialist’s contract with Kalmar, a reach stacker original equipment manufacturer (OEM), has tapped into a market estimated to reach US$ 3.95 billion by 2022.

Kalmar’s customers now have the choice of installing Strainstall’s Container Weight System as a fully certified solution that complies with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendment for the verification of container weights.

The Kalmar reach stacker contract gives its customers’ the choice Installing CWS during production helps to ensure SOLAS compliance and provides operators with a means of providing the verified gross mass (VGM) of containers.

Strainstall’s CWS integrates load monitoring technology onto container handling equipment, such as reach stackers, delivering accurate weight verification data in real-time, as part of the regular lifting cycle, with no driver intervention required.

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Permanently installed on the reach stacker equipment, CWS has no consumable parts, ensuring minimal wear to help reduce operating costs.

CWS was specifically developed to meet the SOLAS container weight verification regulations and has been successfully installed at many international container terminals and container handling equipment, where the system has demonstrated its high accuracy.

Container VGM, snag detection and centre of gravity (COG) features also help ensure the safety of container stowage and transportation.

Mikael Andersson, product manager at Kalmar Mobile Equipment said: “We’re pleased to be able to offer our customers a fully certified solution to determine container VGM for SOLAS compliance. Strainstall’s solution has demonstrated high accuracy and is easy to install, providing useable VGM information as well identifying overloaded containers for the safety of operators.”

Simon Everett, managing director at Strainstall said: “We’re extremely pleased to have secured a major contract with a reach stacker OEM, in quick succession to EU approval for our container weighing system. This contract will give end users the choice to be able to provide VGM for their customers with no impact on their lifting operations.”

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