The Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) program has enacted new shipping container weight requirements which are effective as of July 1st, 2016. These new shipping container weight requirements will require shippers and maritime-based logistics companies to ensure proper weights of shipping containers that they are responsible for. Before any packed shipping container is loaded onto a vessel, the weight of the container must be properly verified. Estimating the container’s weight will no longer be allowed under the new requirements.
The new requirements regarding the accurate weight of shipping containers are being imposed due to the safety issues that improperly declaring container weights has consistently posed throughout the years. This has caused many instances of stacks collapsing and it contributes to the instability and stress on the ships that are carrying them. The new regulations will bring added safety to the shipping process, however it will also present itself as a cost that shippers will have to bare.
In many instances, there is no standard shipping container weighing equipment present at ports; For this reason, shippers will have to invest relatively quickly in their own weighing equipment.
Enter:Onboard Telehandler Scale
Thankfully, there is an efficient way to become compliant with these new regulations quickly. Installing an onboard weighing system that is integrated onto telehandlers can provide an effective solution to the new necessity of weighing your shipping containers.
The scales can be easily integrated into any of your existing telehandlers and it will not be necessary to purchase new heavy machinery. These onboard scales specifically designed for the shipping containers that you need to be weighed are a great solution to ensure that your load meets the future legal limits.
This solution is not only practical from a purely economical standpoint, but because the container can be weighed while it is being lifted (a procedure that is obviously already necessary), and the weight is displayed in real time, the loading process does not have to be disrupted whatsoever. This saves you all the time that you would need to spend weighing your shipping containers through some other method.
Efficient Weighing of Shipping Containers
Onboard weighing systems that are integrated onto your existing telehandlers will be able to weigh any containers you are transporting as well as quickly notifying you whether or not your containers are overloaded and could cause your ship instability and result in your container not being compliant.
Because these weighing systems are designed for use at a port, they are also able to fully withstand the harsh weather and conditions that may be experienced there. The scales will remain fully accurate and reliable during any inclement weather.
Realizing that you suddenly must comply with new SOLAS shipping container weight regulations that you likely had no hand in setting in place may be unsettling when you realize you have to spend your own money to become compliant. Hopefully, though, you can find that integrated telehandler weighing systems are cost effective and efficient when it comes to weighing your shipping containers. We can all benefit from the added safety that these regulations bring, as well as reduce the stress that regulations undoubtedly bring us by making the best choice for our shipping container needs.