DP World ready to equip all its terminals for weighing containers until July and will become the first terminal operator, which implemented the IMO’s requirements. The new requirements, relating to an amendment to the SOLAS Convention, shall enter into force in July 2016 and becomes mandatory for confirmation of the container weight. According to the amendment, the data on the actual weight of the loaded container should be given to the carrier in advance to plan the placement of containers on deck. The responsibility for meeting these requirements lies equally on the carriers and terminal operators.
The shipping lines have already announced that they intend to strictly follow the new rules and to refuse customers in the loading of containers without a certificate of weight confirmation.
“The company will provide the infrastructure for certified weighing containers at all its terminals until 1st July”, said the head of DP World, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem. “DP World terminals will have a certified weighing infrastructure, if it is allowed to the national organization, which will be tasked to ensure control over the implementation of the requirements of the Convention, as well as certification and calibration of weighing equipment”, added he.
National governments are not in a hurry to formalize procedures to ensure compliance with the new IMO requirements. In this regard, the industry community is particularly concerned about the fact that has not yet been published in China demand – the country from which sent most of the loaded containers in the world.