12 April 2016
DP World Southampton place major order for world-leading container weight verification system.
Strainstall, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has secured a significant order from DP World Southampton (DPWS), one of Europe’s largest container terminals, for its innovative Container Weight System (CWS)™.
The order is the first major commitment by a global container terminal, with DPWS being one of the first operators to launch a container weight verification service for its customers.
Strainstall’s CWS™ solution has been specifically developed to meet the SOLAS container weight verification regulations and was trialled at DP World Southampton, demonstrating the system’s accuracy, which is in excess of industry expectations.
Nick Loader, chief executive officer, DP World Southampton said;
“We assessed a number of different options to be able to offer a container weighing service to our customers and selected Strainstall’s system because it doesn’t require any changes to our port operating procedures and is quick to install. The trials demonstrated an accuracy above our expectations and the system will be fully integrated into our TOS to ensure we are able to offer a full VGM service by the first of July.”
DP World recently confirmed that its UK ports will offer a full container weighing service having recognised the need to provide a service to their customers to assist the industry to meet the SOLAS requirements by 1 July 2016. With less than three months until the amendment comes into force, DP World wants to be able to offer a fully compliant service to ensure there is no disruption to UK exports through its ports.
Simon Everett, managing director of Strainstall, commented on the success;
“Our latest generation container weighing system is the culmination of two years of development by our engineering team, and we’re delighted that DP World Southampton has decided to equip all their straddle carriers with it.”
CWS™ offers customers a robust solution and is designed to be integrated into Terminal Operating Systems giving a simple and automated process for producing a verified gross mass (VGM) for SOLAS compliance.
“There is a massive global requirement for our container weighing system. The deadline for compliance is fast approaching and port operators all over the world are anxious to implement solutions before the regulations come into force, with the MCA being the only state competent authority so far confirming the accuracy requirements, the industry is running out of time to get solutions implemented.”