SCPA to verify container weights at its ports

Jim Newsome  

The U.S. Coast Guard recently gave its approval for U.S. ports to verify the weight of containers on behalf of the shipper in order to comply with Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations.

In the Palmetto State, compliance with those regulations will be overseen by the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA). The SCPA now will provide this weight to the shipper or exporter.

Per the SCPA website, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended SOLAS to require, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export, that the container has a verified weight. The shipper is responsible for the verification of the packed container’s weight.

“It has been our position all along that we have employed a best practice in safely loading ships in our port for the last 20 years due to our weighing of all export containers,” Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO, said. “We applaud the Coast Guard for recognizing this in its recent Declaration of Equivalency to the International Maritime Organization on the SOLAS regulations.”

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