05 Sep New regulations from the new Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)
Port of Felixstowe – Britain’s busiest port was fastest to indicate it would be offering a weighing service but the last major operation to say methodology and how much. Now management group Hutchison says with 42% of all export containers arriving by rail, these will be weighed as they discharge from the trains as necessary. For boxes coming in by road, the port will utilise weighing devices retro-fitted to the rail mounted gantry cranes (RMGs) and reach-stackers at the rail terminals and rubber tyred gantry cranes (RTGs).
Containers arriving by road will be weighed as they are put into the container yard and there will be no separate weighing station and no change to current operational processes for containers arriving by road or rail, except of course shippers which fail to supply a suitably completed VGM will be charged£20 with a £1 Administration fee, the most expensive in the UK that we have found so far.