The Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendments have recently been strengthened to lower potential marine danger and improve safety, productivity and efficiency in the port environment. According to SOLAS, the weighing of containers, where shippers are required to provide the verified gross mass of all packed containers, is one of the ways that industry can reduce risk and shippers who fail to comply with this requirement will not be allowed to load containers onto a ship.
Under the SOLAS amendments, there are two permissible methods for weighing – one that requires the weighing of the container after it has been packed, and the other which requires weighing all the cargo and contents of the container and adding those weights to the container’s tare weight, as indicated on the door end of the container.
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