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Southampton chooses container weighing system

[ April 14, 2016   //   ]

Strainstall, which recently unveiled a system for weighing containers in line with new SOLAS verified gross mass regulation which come into force on 1 July, has secured an order for its system from DP World Southampton, the first major commitment by a global container terminal. DP World Southampton chief executive, Nick Loader, said: “We assessed a number of different options to be able to offer a container weighing service to our customers and selected Strainstall’s system because it doesn’t require any changes to our port operating procedures and is quick to install. The trials demonstrated an accuracy above our expectations and the system will be fully integrated into our terminal operating system to ensure we are able to offer a full VGM service by the first of July.”

A few days earlier, Isle of Wight-based Strainstall – part of James Fisher and Sons – launched CWSPortable is a stand alone, lightweight system designed specifically for container packers and shippers without access to container handling equipment where ports and terminals do not provide a weighing service.

It operates through a smart phone app that records VGM and COG data electronically for easy sharing and printing.

Strainstall managing director, Simon Everett,added: There is a massive global requirement for our container weighing system. The deadline for compliance is fast approaching and port operators all over the world are anxious to implement solutions before the regulations come into force. With the MCA (Marine and Coastguard Agency, the body which supervises maritime safety in the UK) being the only state competent authority so far confirming the accuracy requirements, the industry is running out of time to get solutions implemented.”

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