London Gateway and Southampton to offer Container Weighing Solution
DP World London Gateway and DP World Southampton will be offering a comprehensive weighing service for UK exporters to determine the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of each container so that UK businesses can be compliant with new legislation from the 1st July 2016, which requires a laden export container to be weighed prior to being loaded onto a ship.
At a series of national and regional meetings, BIFA members have made clear their concerns regarding the lack of information being provided from the carriers and ports about how they intend to handle the impact of the SOLAS amendment. The announcement is a welcome step in the right direction, but members considering this option to establish the verified gross mass of a container should check with the port for additional information including the contractual impact.
The port's press announcement noted that “After extensive consultations with the Maritime Coastguard Agency, both DP World London Gateway and DP World Southampton will implement scalable solutions to weigh containers shortly after arrival in the port and provide the VGM.”
“The weights determined in this way will be used for the stowage on the container ships and ensures that users of DP World container terminals in the UK do not need to provide the VGM for their export containers but will be able to use the weight provided by DP World for this purpose.”
“It will still be possible for shippers to provide a certified VGM through electronic messaging prior to arrival at the port if preferred.”More information about the SOLAS amendment can be found at: Container Weight Verification Toolkit