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A recent Avery Weigh-Tronix survey has found that nearly 60 per cent of shipping logistics industry professionals surveyed* were unaware of changes to SOLAS legislation, which come into force on July 1.

The short multiple choice survey was launched at the recent Multimodal trade show and
is now available on the Avery Weigh-Tronix website for those involved in shipping containers to ensure that they are ready to meet the new legal requirements.solas- container-weighing-wide2

From July 1, all containers will require a verified weight certificate before being loaded onto a ship. Containers with no proof of verified gross mass (VGM) could experience delays and incur costs.

Stewart Campbell, divisional manager for Logistics at Avery Weigh-Tronix said:
“With the changes to SOLAS regulations coming into force so soon, ensuring that containers are weighed by a verified method is now critical to supply chain operations.

“We identified the need for a tool to help those in the container shipping industry to understand how the SOLAS changes affect them – and to highlight any action required before these changes come into force.

“It’s not too late to take action, for those organisations that are not yet compliant. Products such as our C Jacks are a cost effective and portable option for checking a container’s VGM.”

One of the first companies to use the new C Jack system is Bring Cargo, a leading UK provider of transport and logistics solutions. Operations director Ben Murphy said: “To prepare ourselves for the upcoming SOLAS changes, we reviewed a number of container weighing solutions on the market. The C Jacks were the most portable and cost-effective method of getting a container’s VGM on site.

“We were also impressed by the smart app, which allows us to feed the VGM straight into our container booking system, simplifying our processes and eliminating the risk of human error.”

Take the SOLAS survey now.

Find out more about SOLAS and how it could affect your business operations.


* 99 people completed the survey at the Multimodal trade show in May 2016. Of those, 43 stated that they were aware of upcoming changes to the regulations and 56 said that they were not aware.