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  November 9th, 2016 | Written by

First System For Weighing Containers on Chassis

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  • The SOLAS rule change has added cost and complexity to container shipping operations.
  • BISON C-Legs equip shippers to accurately weigh containers on chassis in any location.
  • Demand for solution to weigh containers on chassis came from North America where chassis-based loading is typical.

BISON, a developer of portable container weighing solutions, has launched a world first system for weighing containers on trailer chassis.

The new container weigh system is a timely innovation, with recent amendments to the SOLAS convention forcing shippers around the world to verify the weight of every export container with certified weighing equipment or processes. The SOLAS rule change has added cost and complexity to container shipping operations, with many shippers having to adopt inefficient or poorly timed weighing processes, such as hauling containers extra distances to offsite weighbridges or weighing every single cargo item before it is loaded into the container.

“BISON C-Legs solve this problem,” said Mark Fahey, BISON’s chief technology officer. “They equip shippers to accurately weigh containers on chassis in any location, without reliance on capital-intensive weighbridges, cranes, and container handlers, which are not always available at the right time or in the right place.”

BISON C-Legs are self-contained scales that attach to and lift a container just clear of the chassis, then transmit the gross container weight via Bluetooth to a smartphone app. The app confirms the container’s weight distribution, captures photos and shipment details, and sends weight certificates and related data via email.

Targeted at exporters and logistics companies needing to weigh containers outside of ports and other high volume container hubs, BISON C-Legs provide a flexible solution for SOLAS VGM compliance and allow shippers to optimize cargo loads, manage container weight limits and weigh containerized cargo for trading purposes.

C-Legs are compatible with shipping containers of all types and sizes up to 35,000 kg and work with both air and spring suspension chassis. Full OIML (International Organization of Legal Metrology) certification and type approvals in Europe, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and other countries will be completed by the end of 2016.

BISON C-Legs build on the success of BISON’s pioneering C-Jacks, a portable system for weighing grounded shipping containers.

“Our ground based container scales have sold well this year and are now being used in over 20 countries to produce SOLAS VGM certificates,” said BISON CEO Greg Fahey. “However we’ve had strong pull for a similar solution to weigh containers on chassis, especially from Europe and North America where chassis based loading is mainstream. C-Legs really are a market led innovation.”