Shippers: Container Weighing “Impossible”
A letter to the International Maritime Organization from the Global Consolidators Working Group has said that the impending container weighing rule is too vague to implement, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The rule, created by the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) initiative, is to come into action in June, 2016.
By verifying the weight of a container, the legislation is intended to stop any cases of ships being imbalanced – whether that is due to a container being underweight or overweight.
“The lack of information, transparency and guidance makes it nearly impossible (and certainly impractical) for shippers to implement necessary arrangements to comply properly,” said the letter that was signed by a variety of shipping executives.
As the regulations that are due to be implemented stand, shippers bear responsibility to ensure a container is weighed correctly and can do this via two methods: weighing the contents and then the container to get a total weight, or weigh the container with the contents already packed.
At present, the most practical option looks to be weighing containers in ports as part of a service, there are several ways in which this can be done: weighbridges is one option, as is implanting weighing technology on various pieces of port equipment, yet the finer details are still to be figured out despite the implementation date drawing ever near.