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SOLAS Convention lack the authority to impose conditions on shippers of cargoes

New SOLAS Compliant Container Weighing System in international commerce. This ignores the reality that a carrier that loads a con-

In response to the new SOLAS and the percentage of the overall tainer for carriage in international com- regulations due to enter force weight it is carrying. This allows for merce where a veri? ed gross mass of the on July 1, 2016, LCM Systems the detection of possible damage container has not been provided will be launched a new SOLAS compliant to twistlocks due to overloading or in violation of the SOLAS Convention. container weighing system. unequal weight distribution during

Since substantial compliance with appli-

The company has been supply- container engagement and lifting. cable conventions is a standard condition ing container weighing systems for Also displayed is the combined of marine insurance, a carrier that does about ? ve years. It designed what weight on all four twistlocks. There (Image: LCM Systems) not require documentation of the veri? ed it believes is a ? exible modular sys- is a tare function and the facility to gross mass runs the risk of loss of insur- tem that can be easily and quickly enter container numbers and gener- ance coverage.

retro? tted onto straddle carriers, ate reports. A calibration button on

As with any change, there will be a cer- container cranes and telehandlers. the main screen takes you to a new tain amount of confusion and misunder-

The new system veri? es the container weight in real-time display screen that enables on-site calibration for optimal standing initially. Soon though, provid- to an accuracy of 1% of rated load, although higher accura- accuracy. The tablet is rated to IP67 and drop tested to ing the veri? ed gross mass of containers cies can be achieved with on-site calibration and by using 1.2m, making it suitable for harsh port environments. will be the new normal.

the built-in linearization facility. The standard package is a The system can be tailored to meet the speci? c needs of complete stand-alone system that comprises of four load each individual port. In addition to the standard package measuring pins that replace existing load bearing pins on a system is available that can be fully integrated into the

The Author the spreader block, an interface module and a ruggedized port Terminal Operating System (TOS) that offers ? exibility 8-in. tablet. Pre-wired cable assemblies are supplied for in terms of data output and data provision. Other types of

Dennis L. Bryant is with Maritime Regu- system connection, which allows installation to be carried load cell systems are also available, including annular load latory Consulting, and a regular contribu- out by untrained personnel as no wiring is required. This cells that are placed around the twistlock assembly or ar- tor to Maritime Reporter & Engineering also reduces installation time and consequently equipment rangements that utilize the twistlock by turning it into a load

News as well as online at MaritimePro- downtime, as well as facilitates fast and simple replace- measurement device in its own right. Wireless options are ment of cables in the event of any becoming damaged. also available. t: 1 352 692 5493 The ruggedized tablet displays the load on each twistlock e:


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