Container weighing has, since 1 July 2016, become a global requirement.
TT Club has been closely involved in the industry debate concerning the correct declaration of the weight of packed containers. It is a matter that has contributed to a number of incidents on land and on board ships, albeit that it is fully recognised that weight discrepancies alone rarely are causative. It is an issue that is closely related to packing of CTUs, where TT Club's analysis of claims has shown that as much as 2/3 of cargo damage claims can be attributed to poor and improper packing.
The issue of weight discrepancies was highlighted in the UK MAIB report into the grounding of 'MSC Napoli', where it was described as one that is able to 'erode or eliminate the safety margins in place'. The theme was taken up in the MARIN 'Lashing@Sea' report that was presented to the relevant IMO safety committee in 2010, leading to a work item to identify ways to prevent losses of container at sea.