The SOLAS Requirements

17th Dec 2015

The SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Requirements come into force on the 1st July 2016. The effect of this is that  a condition for loading  packed container onto a ship for export is that the container must have a verified gross mass.

The shipper is responsible for obtaining the verified gross mass of a packed container and communicating it to the ocean carrier. After that date, it would be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a ship if the ship operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container gross mass

The SOLAS amendments provide for two methods to verify the gross mass of a packed container.

• Method 1 requires weighing the container after it has been packed.

• Method 2 requires weighing all the cargo and contents of the container and adding those to the container’s tare weight as indicated on the door end of the container.

Please see presentation entitled Weighing of containers: The regulation by Fabien Becquelin, Maritime Policy Manager, European Shippers’ Council  and guidance notes Essential Guidance for ship operators on the implementation of
amendment requiring the verified gross mass of packed containers that I have found on this. I think the most important document is the MGN534 (Marine Guidance Note) which requires in paragraph A3.1 that weighing equipment used for the purposes of these regulations should be in compliance with the UK Regulations.

If you have any queries, please contact me.

Ian Turner- Technical Officer for the UKWF
technical2@ukwf.org.uk
+44 (0)7581 499244

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