Container weighing at Liverpool
Weighbridge construction has been completed at the Port of Liverpool in time for the new SOLAS regulations on container weighing which take effect on 1 July.
The multi-lane, in-process capability involved considerable work to install multiple dynamic axle weighbridges at the terminal AutoGates. It is linked with the terminal operating system and is able to automatically provide a verified gross mass (VGM) record for the container.
Similar arrangements will soon be in place at Peel Ports’ other container terminals in Dublin and Greenock (Glasgow).
David Huck, port director, said: “While ports have no obligation under the regulations we have chosen to invest significantly in a solution to support the entire logistics community, which will help to reduce costs, risks and delays for our customers. The investment we are making in the infrastructure is a further sign of our commitment to providing an industry-leading service.”
The new system will require all HGV vehicles carrying containers into the terminal to register a Mass in Running Order (MIRO) prior to arriving at the terminal.
Any laden containers that enter the container terminal without a VGM, or have a declared VGM that is outside of the guidance tolerance, will have one electronically generated.
At the in-gate the vehicle will pass slowly over the weighbridge where the system will determine the axle weights and therefore the total gross weight of the vehicle. The declared MIRO will then be applied to determine the VGM of the laden export container.
The VGM will be updated at in-gate to the Port Community System.
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