The problem of overweight containers has long been an issue for international carriers. When the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) regulations were introduced in 2016 it was hoped this would resolve the problem, however this is still a major issue for all carriers. Shippers are still booking containers based on much lower weights and then make last minute amendments once they have the VGM confirmed. This causes major issues in planning vessels, sometimes with disastrous consequences.
In addition to the obvious dangers this causes, it also results in significant lost revenue according to the Japanese Carrier ONE line as it can mean that many containers have to be left behind. They are now targeting this as another area where they can further increase revenue and have announced the introduction of a Weight Discrepancy Fee. This will come into effect from on 1st July 2022 and will apply to cargo where the VGM weight deviates by more than 3000 kgs per TEU from the weigh declared on the bill of lading instructions. So far ONE line are the only carrier to introduce this but as we live in a time where it feels like international carriers are introducing new charges for everything they can think of, it probably won’t be long before the other carriers follow their lead.
In the process of loading, how will you know the container is over loaded? There should be an indicator that will alert the shipper. If the container is not full, it is impossible to stop loading.
You are very right Madam. The containers should be equipped with loading indicators.
Many thanks for your message.
The container is supplied by the shipping line – the weight allowed to load into the container is mentioned on the CSC plate on the container.
Countries have different weight restrictions for their roads.
It is the shipping lines’ who clarify the actual weight when measured at the port to ensure that it can be shipped safely.
Agree that it would be a great idea to have a weight indication when loading but i don’t believe this has been developed yet.