Winter 2012

Strainstall introduces container weighing system

Strainstall has launched a new container weighing system following talks within the International Maritime Organisation regarding the introduction of mandatory weighing of shipping containers for improved dockside efficiency and safety.

The system is designed for low impact installation and can be easily retrofitted and enables operators to view live loadings via an in-cab display or to log and transmit data for analysis at a later stage. Various integration options are available, including modification of spreader twist locks and replacing existing load bearing pins or components with load measuring pins within the existing spreader head block assembly.

Scott Cruttenden, Strainstall business development manager – industrial sales explains:

“This new system means port operators can significantly improve both safety and productivity by allowing crane operators to know exactly what weights they are lifting. This helps operators to ensure vessels are correctly loaded and that all containers are charged according to their actual weight.”

Having accurate weight information on containers can help avoid accidents and damage to equipment, stack collapse due to overloaded containers, poorly loaded vessels consuming additional fuel, and revenue loss for terminals and shipping lines from transporting containers with under-declared weights. Strainstall is currently working with the Port of Tilbury on a solution using traditional twist locks. The port will be trialling the system with a view to rolling it out on all their straddle carriers.

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