With Bosche weighing technology, you can easily comply with the new SOLAS guidelines

From July 1, 2016, in order to increase the safety of transport ships, the gross mass of every container that is to be shipped must be checked. We have the right products so that manufacturers, freight forwarders or service providers are optimally prepared for the new requirements.
With our certified Floor scales, pallet scales, Lift scales, Forklift scales, crane scales or special logistics scales you will receive precise weight data, to which you only have to add the tare weight (empty weight) of the container. As an alternative variant, the completely loaded container must be weighed, for example using a vehicle/truck scale.
We deliver all scales with a test/calibration report upon request.

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Determination of Gross Mass of Sea Containers - Container Weighing with Container Scales
The gross weight of sea containers must be determined before loading as of July 1, 2016. This requirement, mandated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) safety regulation SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea), aims to protect human life at sea. This regulation states: “As a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship, the shipper must verify the gross weight of the container.”
The shipper must ascertain the actual weight of the packed container and provide it to the carrier in advance of loading. Without proof of the total gross weight, a container may not be loaded. Accurate weight verification is intended to prevent accidents, overloading, and improper cargo distribution on the vessel.

To this end, the IMO (International Maritime Organization) has approved two methods:

1. Weighing the fully loaded container (central weighing stations at ports - integration of weighing units into handling bridges or cranes)

2. Calculation method: Calculating the total weight as the sum of the container's tare weight plus cargo including packaging (certification by the shipper required).
The shipper is responsible for timely submission of the container weight.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) mandates that the weight of a container must be verified before it is loaded onto a ship.

Method 1: Weighing the fully loaded container


Method 2: Calculation method


Practical Examples

SOLAS - Container loading with forklift scale 



SOLAS - Container Scale - entire container is weighed


SOLAS - Calculation method - weights determined with pallet truck scale


SOLAS - Calculation method - individual weights determined with floor scale