The Port of Liverpool will become the first UK port to announce the details of their container weighing solution, which will ensure UK shippers are able to comply with new SOLAS container weight regulations.
From July, an amendment to the SOLAS (Safety of the Life at Sea) Convention will require every loaded export container ship to have its weight verified before it is loaded on to a ship.
With all containers converging on ports to be loaded on ships, terminals have been suggested as the most logical point in the supply chain to weigh boxes.
Peel Ports has undertaken a lengthy consultation process with Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) and its customers to develop a system which will help avoid potential export disruption for exporters.
The plan is to have the ability to weigh all containers as part of an in-process weighing scheme which will not impact on productivity.
Similar approaches will be adapted at Peel Ports other UK container terminals in Dublin, Glasgow and Manchester.
David Huck port director, said:
“To support our customers’ requirements and comply with the changing legislation, we will integrate a VGM (Verified Gross Mass) weighing process into our existing terminal operating systems in order to capture the verified weight of export containers”
Customers requiring any further information on these changes can contact: Customer.Services@peelports.com or phone 0151 949 6181.
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