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Verified Container Weights Comply With New Solas Conventions

Filed under: Industry Trends

2016 has seen the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) amend the ‘Safety of Life at Sea Convention’ (SOLAS), making it compulsory that all loaded containers have a verified weight.

This new requirement became effective as of the 1st of July 2016, after this date it will be considered a violation of the SOLAS convention to load containers onto a vessel if the vessel operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified weight.

laden container handler

Under this new convention it is the shipper’s responsibility for the verification of the loaded containers weight using equipment that meets national certification and calibration requirements.

According to Logistics and Materials Handling (2016), the changes have been advocated for many years for numerous reasons including:

  • To reduce the number of accidents caused by container overloading, container stacks collapses and vessel instability
  • To reduce damage to cargo
  • To reduce stress on vessels and machinery
  • Environmental impacts
  • Insurance claims

Adaptalift is able to supply a complete range of big trucks including un/laden container handlers and reach stackers suitable for a variety of container loading, movement and storage operations.

laden container handler

To assist container handlers in complying with the new SOLAS conventions Adaptalift Group Company Speedshield Technologies is able to install integrated weighing systems into the industry leading Forktrack safety and telemetry system.

forktrack telemetry and safety systerm

The integrated weighing systems are able to use hydraulic or mechanical based weight sensing to provide accurate and verified load weights during lifting operations.

As well as providing accurate weight readings, Forktrack’s weighing systems ensure that a container handler doesn’t lift a load that is above its safe lifting capacity.

Key features of Forktrack’s weighing systems include:

  • Load weight is clearly displayed on forktrack interface
  • If a load is greater than the units safe working limit an audible warning will sound to warn the operator
  • Load summing with add and undo capabilities can show current and accumulated load totals
  • In chain tension load cells fitted to both lifting chains measure the mass lifted at any level (< 1% of rated capacity), producing accurate and repeatable results
Container handling units with Forktrack installed are able to provide accurately verified load weight readings, which comply with the new SOLAS conventions during normal operations. They also eliminate the need for expensive additional weighing equipment or additional processes being implemented to obtain accurate load weights. This in turn will provide companies with savings on equipment purchases and will provide streamlined container movement and loading processes.

Reference List

  1. Container Management, 2014, ‘Hyster Introduces Weighing Systems on Reachstackers’, Container Management, retrieved 14th October 2016, Hyster Introduces Weighing Systems ReachStackers  
  3. Logistics and materials handling, 2016, ‘New SOLAS Legislation – Who’s responsible for what?’, Logistics and materials handling, retrieved 17th October 2016 New Solas Legislation Who is Responsible For What?  
  5. World Shipping Council, 2015, ‘The SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement’, World Shipping Council, retrieved 14th October 2016, WSC Summarizes The Basic Elements of the SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement January 2015        
Published By: Paul Hinz

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