Maintaining accurate records of container weights is critical to the safe loading, unloading, and operation of cargo vessels. Inaccurate records may even place the ship or her crew at risk of injury or death from stack collapse or equipment failure.
In response to the sinking of the Titanic, thirteen countries including the United States, attended the International Conference on Safety of Life at Sea in 1914. The treaty that resulted (SOLAS) was signed in London on January 20, 1914 making ocean transit safer for all.
The most recent amendment to SOLAS includes changes to the import export process designed to reduce risk, attributable to errors in container weight. The changes, which went into affect this month, include new documentation requirements that may increase transit times and port charges and the impact of the amendment is already being felt industry wide
For more information on the amendment please visit: http://www.worldshipping.org/industry-issues/safety/WSC_Summarizes_the_Basic_Elements_of_the_SOLAS_Container_Weight_Verification_Requirement___February_2015.pdf