Friday, November 20, 2015

Marsden issues guide to IMO Container Weighing Ruling



Marsden Weighing Group (UK) - Industrial scales manufacturer Marsden Group has responded to the forthcoming International Maritime Organization (IMO) container weighing legislation by publishing a guide for freight forwarders, distributors and shipping agents.

Announced in 2014, the IMO container weighing ruling is a result of numerous accidents at sea as a result of misdeclared and overloaded containers the most notable being the breakup of the MSC Napoli just off the south coast of England in 2007.

From 1st July, 2016, containers will not be loaded onto a ship without an accredited proof of weight.

Container Weighing: A guide to the 2016 IMO Shipping Ruling covers the reasons and the impetus behind the announcement, what it means for exporters, and how containers can be weighed prior to reaching port.

Written by Marsden’s Marketing team after discovering there was still some confusion within the industry as to how the legislation was going to be met, the guide includes contributions from several members of the freight and shipping industry. Rachael White of the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), Don Armour of the Freight Transport Association (FTA), Joe Nalty of JN Export, and Andy Johnson of SantaFeRelo have all provided information, thoughts and insight.

Richard Black, Managing Director at Marsden Group, said: “As an industrial weighing scales manufacturer of 90 years, we feel we have a certain responsibility to the shipping industry now. We hope our expertise, and the expertise of those who have helped us create this white paper, will be of great benefit to anyone unsure of how they’re going to meet the new legislation.”

Marsden’s Marketing Manager David Smith added: “Container weighing will need to be carried out by an accredited weigher, by suitable, calibrated equipment. As well as providing information on how to become an accredited container weigher, we’re making sure our industrial scale offerings match the needs of the industry. We’re more than happy to help out where we can if anyone is unsure of the legislation and its stipulations.”

To Download the Guide about the New Container Weighing Ruling from Marsden Weighing Group click here.

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