Weighing up the possibilities

Under and overweighed containers have been the cause for a number of incidents over the years Under and overweighed containers have been the cause for a number of incidents over the years

With container weighing becoming a global issue within the ports sector, the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association’s (PEMA) recently published information paper on container weighing technologies is a timely resource.

“Container weighing is an increasingly hot topic in the global shipping industry and recent legislation passed by the IMO indicates that ports worldwide will have an increasingly critical role to play in checking and verifying container weights,” said Ottonel Popesco, president, PEMA.

The new report follows the IMO’s recent decision on a mandatory worldwide system for verifying container weights to reduce the incidence of misdeclared and overweight containers.

Weighing Containers in Ports and Terminals provides information on both weighbridges and weighing systems for use on various container handling equipment. It also includes a table summarising the technologies and their accuracy.

One company which offers container weighing products is Singapore’s LCS Controls.

Hariharan Sambasivam, head of marketing, told Port Strategy its offers a flexible solution: “We can measure the load accurately in any most suited point based on site. There’s no delay in operation load cycle due to weighing and the high speed controller takes only milliseconds and measures the weight at right time when there is no sway or change in hoist speed. It’s safer to operate (fail-safe mode design) and costs less to maintain than other technologies.”

In 2006, the company developed a custom load pin type sensor for quay cranes and in 2010, a container weighing solution for RTG cranes with a special design of load cells installed in the head block above the spreader.

Both are in use at DP World’s Chennai terminal.

“In addition to DPW Chennai, we have received orders from AllCargo Logistics with RFID tag reading and RF wireless communication. We are also in active discussions with several others in India and in South East Asia,” Mr Hariharan added.

For more information visit www.lcscon.com

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