In a bid to allow exporters to meet the International Maritime Organization’s upcoming SOLAS amendment, which is due to come into effect on July 1, 2016, Russia is preparing its own plan to certify container weighing scales, according to JOC.com.
Yuriy Matvienko, General Director of Russian container terminal NUTEP, said: “Dates and deadlines for the installation of such equipment and obtaining of necessary approvals look extremely tight. Due to this, there is a possibility that the influx of applications for this service may result in serious delays in the handling of container cargo at Russian ports.”
The European Sea Ports Organisation recently called on national authorities to avoid disruption when implementing the container weighing rule.
Despite the many callouts made by the industry, there is still confusion as to how shippers should declare the verified gross mass of the container.
Port operator DP World was recently the first to announce that it will be offering container weighing services at its global portfolio of container terminals.
In part one of an interview with Jonathan C Williams, General Manager of FONASBA recently discussed the areas in which his company had seen the most confusion, while helping to provide some clarification.
In part two, Mr Williams gives his views on who will be enforcing the new rule. Watch the interview below: