Mobile weighing system launched

As the industry gears up for the July 1 deadline for the mandatory weighing of containers, Cape Crating has announced that it will be offering a mobile weighing system that can be operated at customers’ premises.

In terms of the new Solas regulations, which places the onus for the supply of correct weight certification on the shipper, two methods can be employed – method one involve the weighing of a packed container at a weighbridge while method two requires the weighing of the contents and adding the tare weight of the container to the total.


The Cape Crating solution caters for method one.

“Our weighbridge is a mobile system which means we will be able to come to you,” Cape Crating director Owen Bottomley told delegates at an FTW/JCCI seminar on the topic in Johannesburg last week.

“The weighbridge has four posts which jack onto the ISO blocks of a container and raise it by 4cm. It transmits the weight from each load cell so that it transmits the load distribution in your container, the gross mass and GPS location onto the operator’s smartphone. He then enters your container number and seal number and that gets emailed to you as a certificate. It’s a quick and easy solution – particularly for clients packing at their own premises,” said Bottomley.

“We’re expecting that the cost will be around R700 per container.”

Set up 21 years ago in Cape Town, Cape Crating has evolved from a crating service to a specialised cargo handling company and will shortly be opening offices in Johannesburg. In line with these developments, the name of the company will be changed to Cargo Handling Specialists.


– Joy Orlek

Source: Freight & Trading Weekly, 18 March 2016 (page 15)