DP World is the first container operator to officially unveil its plans to provide UK exporters with a fully integrated container weighing service.
DP World’s two UK terminals, DP World London Gateway and DP World Southampton launched a dedicated website containerweighing.dpworld.co.uk to provide shippers with all the information they will need to prepare for the new international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) legislation that comes into force worldwide on 1 July 2016.
The global operator has worked alongside the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency and invested in container weighing services at its UK facilities to ensure that British businesses can continue trading when landmark legislation starts in July which could have had a major impact on the supply chain.
The new worldwide legislation requires that shippers need to determine the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of each laden export container before it is loaded onto a ship.
DP World has invested in weighing solutions on its automated stacking cranes at DP World London Gateway and has installed new weighing equipment on straddle carriers at DP World Southampton.
“The service being provided at both DP World’s UK terminals is fully integrated into our existing operations,” said Chris Lewis, UK Managing Director, DP World.
“We have made a significant investment in both ports to ensure our equipment will meet the MCA rules for accurate weighing. Our solution does not cause any delays in the supply chain, is scalable to weigh all export containers if required and does not rely on hauliers having to enter the weights of their trucks and trailers as would be necessary at ports which use weighbridges. Our solution is seamless,” he added.
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has adopted an amendment to the SOLAS regulations to require that shippers of goods obtain the VGM of packed containers and communicate it to the ocean carriers sufficiently in advance of the ship stow planning. The regulation becomes mandatory for all IMO member states on 1 July 2016, when ocean carriers and container terminal operators will be legally obliged to ensure that containers without a VGM are not loaded on to a ship. The objective of the regulation is to prevent serious accidents at sea where a ship’s stability is compromised by wrongly declared cargo weight.
Furthermore, DP World’s global terminals will have certified weighing capabilities if this is permitted under the locally adapted implementation of the SOLAS regulation. Comprehensive weighing services will be offered for exporters to determine the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of each container so that they comply with the new legislation. The objective is to prevent serious accidents at sea where a ship’s stability is compromised by wrongly declared cargo weight.
HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said:
”All our terminals will be ready to meet the obligations under the legislation by 1 July and each one will have certified weighing solutions in place to serve exporters in the IMO member states where we operate. As an enabler of global trade, DP World is offering customers an efficient solution for this new mandatory international regulation. Safety of a container at sea means security and peace of mind for the shipper.”
DP World handled 61.7 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across its global portfolio of container terminals during 2015, with gross container volumes growing by 3.0%.
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