DP World, which operates London Gateway and Southampton, has unveiled its plans an integrated container weighing service to meet the new SOLAS legislation that comes into force on 1st July.
It has launched a a dedicated web site containerweighing.dpworld.co.uk to provide shippers with the information they will need to prepare for the legislation, which requires that shippers need to determine the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of each laden export container before it is loaded onto a ship.
DP World has invested in weighing equipment on its automated stacking cranes at DP World London Gateway and has installed new weighing equipment on straddle carriers at DP World Southampton.
“The service being provided at both DP World’s UK terminals is fully integrated into our existing operations,” said UK managing director Chris Lewis.
“We have made a significant investment in both ports to ensure our equipment will meet the MCA rules for accurate weighing. Our solution does not cause any delays in the supply chain, is scalable to weigh all export containers if required and does not rely on hauliers having to enter the weights of their trucks and trailers as would be necessary at ports which use weighbridges.”