First Portable scale to help shippers with SOLAS rule

A New Zealand container weighing solution company Bison has launched what it claims is the world’s first system for weighing containers on trailer chassis, as the Journal of Commerce reports.

A relatively small, portable scale are designed to enable shippers to weigh a container atop a chassis,  costs about 13,000 euros ($14,400) in Europe. The launch follows the release in May 2015 of Bison’s C-Jacks — a small car-jack-like device that can weigh a container sitting on the ground, and was conceived to meet the demands of the the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS, convention.

SOLAS, under which shippers must report the weight, otherwise known as the verified gross mass, of all goods shipped by sea prior to loading on the vessel is still an issue with some customers , adding extra cost and complexity to container shipping operations.

C-Legs are compatible with shipping containers of all types and sizes up to 35,000kg and work with both air and spring suspension chassis.

C-Legs is a broadly similar product to C-Jacks, but reaches higher in the air, to the top of a chassis. The new scale has a leg for each corner of the container that is raised with car-jack-like devices to measure the weight of the container. Each leg is fitted with an electronic scale and the weight from each is then transmitted to a smartphone application that combines them into a single weight for the whole container.

If you have any questions regarding the SOLAS regulations, please contact  RCL Agencies at 973-779-5900.