THE European Shippers' Council (ESC) wants container weights to be calculated rather than weighed, following a vote demanding weigh-in verification at the UN's International Maritime Organisation safety committee.
"For us it seems unrealistic to force shippers to be equipped with weighing scales or clog ports with containers to weigh before boarding," said ESC maritime transport council policy manager Fabien Becquelin.
"For many years, manufacturers have mostly oriented calculations of the weight of their shipments from statistical databases and not directly weighing the goods," said Mr Becquelin.
"It therefore appears necessary that member states of IMO clearly validate the recovery of weight of the goods by calculation, using information systems," he said.
The ESC also said the responsibility for reporting the tare (unladen weight, weight of an empty) of the container must not come under the responsibility of shippers.
Amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention will enter into force in July 2016 following final adoption by the maritime safety committee this coming November.
Source : HKSG.