Scale-less weighing of containers for SOLAS VGM

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SOLAS VGM – probably a term which may have slipped many people’s minds as it seems to have successfully integrated itself into the mainstream container shipping process since its mandatory implementation in July 2016.. Now it seems to be back, but in a good way though..

In July 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued a mandatory requirement which required all shipping containers to be weighed and the weight information (Verified Gross Mass) be provided to the shipping lines as part of the SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea convention) Chapter VI Regulation 2..

This requirement came on the back of continued misdeclaration of weights by shippers many of which resulted in incidents at sea causing loss of property and/or lives..

The regulation allowed shippers to provide the VGM to the carriers using two different methods

  1. Weigh the packed container using calibrated and certified weighing equipment like a weighbridge to get the VGM
  2. Weigh the cargo, dunnage, lashing material and add the tare weight of the container to get the VGM

Although there has not been any real comments or incidents relating to the misdeclaration of weights after the implementation of the SOLAS VGM regulation in 2016, it has been reported that shipping industry has been struggling with Method 1, as physically weighing every shipping container requires significant efforts and costly, space-consuming scales..

Well, it seems there is a solution for that..

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Maersk to test a containerised battery system to improve on board performance

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I for one, am quite pleased with the many initiatives that the shipping and freight industry has been taking to combat climate change and reduce CO2 emissions..

Implementing IMO 2020 sulphur cap, testing the usage of bio-fuels to run ships, using scrubbers, avoiding north sea route, changing ships technology to use less fuel, etc etc etc.. While what is being done is commendable, there is still a LOT left to do in order to reach the goals set..

For its part, Maersk has announced that it will pilot a battery system to improve power production on board ships..

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Are you ready for 20,000 smart containers..??

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Digitalisation is the buzzword making the rounds currently, especially in the shipping and freight industry..

IT boffins are creating it, VCs are funding it, Entrepreneurs are finding new uses for it, Freight Forwarders, Shipping lines, Banks and Ports are adopting it, riding the wave of digitalisation..

There are many use cases relating to technology in the shipping and freight industry, but nothing screams “we are serious about digitalisation” more than a company running a competition for container operators, in which the winner gets to convert their entire container fleet into Smart Containers..

Yes, you heard right.. An entire container fleet..

We caught up with Shachar Tal, the Co-Founder of Loginno, the company that ran this competition..

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What is the difference between a shipper owned container and carrier owned container ??

shipper owned container and carrier owned container

What is the difference between a shipper owned container and a carrier owned container..??

A shipper owned container is a container owned by the shipper of the goods and a carrier owned container is a container owned by a carrier..

But the question may be a bit deeper than just the difference in definition between the two.. Let’s see..

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5 points to consider before packing your cargo

points to consider before packing your cargo

If you are an exporter and especially if you are exporting for the first time, you should have a checklist of points to consider before packing your cargo..

Here are 5 main points you should consider before packing your cargo..

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20 ways the shipping container has taken over the world

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In today’s shipping environment, nothing is more popular than the ubiquitous container.. You have read several articles in this blog about the freight container that apart from being used in shipping, is very widely being used for many other types of activities.. Recently I came across an infographic that outlined 20 ways in which the shipping container has taken over … Read more here..

Why Do I Want to Live in a Shipping Container ?

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Shipping containers are progressing into the mainstream as alternative home and office construction building materials.

Used shipping containers make for excellent building materials; modular, easily assembled, durable, and they can drastically cut down time and labour requirements for any building project.

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When is a container considered as Over weight..??

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When is a container considered as Over Weight..?? A good question from a reader of this blog..

Over loading of containers with disregard to the safety of the people handling the containers is quite prevalent and needs to be contained for the safety of everyone concerned..

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20′ container vs 40′ container

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If a 40′ container is double the length of a 20′ container, then I should be able to also load double the weight of cargo in a 40′ container correct..??

This article examines the background of this question which is commonly asked by many new comers to the shipping and freight industry..

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