23. febrero 2015

The SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS): as a condition for loading an export container onto a ship, the container has to have a verified weight, i.e. "no verified weight, no loading". This requirement will become legally binding on July 1, 2016.

The SOLAS amendments stipulate that there are two methods shippers may use to determine the container weight once the container packing process has taken place: 


Weighing the packed container using calibrated and certified equipment or 


Weighing all packages and cargo items, including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other securing material to be packed in the container and adding the tare mass of the container to the sum of the single masses, using a certified method approved by the competent authority of the State in which packing of the container was completed. 

Records at the end of this process are made available to the shipping company who will then decide if the container is loaded onto the ship or not.