• Trevor Wetmore

Weight Safety can't Wait!

The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requires a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) for every shipping container. But the YM Efficiency disaster has provided further evidence that VGM regulations are being flouted.

Investigation of the Efficiency’s loss of 81 shipping containers has revealed that of the remaining containers, 324 exceeded tier weights limits. Was this because container weights were incorrectly quoted at ports of origin or because the containers were stacked incorrectly? Probably both – and that's not surprising.

The Efficiency discharged these containers with questionable weights and they were loaded onto trucks that entered our road system possibly overweight as well. These practices continue to put lives at risk, as well as damaging road infrastructure, because the semi-trailers that carry containers to and from shipping terminals are not required to have on-board weighing systems.

For safety’s sake, efficient, affordable and consistent weight management practices across the whole shipping sector (land and sea) are long overdue. Cindicium's innovative CLAW technology facilitates compliance with VGM regulations and load limits, bringing enormous safety and productivity benefits, as well as reducing ocean pollution.

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