The true price of an overweight container

With the new laws regarding road transportation due to take effect next month, EES Shipping would like to share with you the problems resulting from mis-declaring container weights.

  • Incorrect stowage decisions
  • Re-stowage of containers (and resulting delays and costs), if the overweight condition is discovered
  • Collapsed container stacks
  • Containers lost overboard (both those overweight and containers that were not overweight)
  • Cargo liability claims
  • Chassis damage
  • Damage to ships
  • Stability and stress risks for ships
  • Risk of personal injury or death to seafarers and landside workers
  • Impairment of service schedule integrity
  • Supply chain service delays for shippers of properly declared containers
  • Last minute shut-outs of confirmed, booked and available loads when the actual weight on board exceeds what is declared, and the total cargo weight exceeds the vessel limit or port draft limit
  • Lost revenue and earnings
  • Liability for accidents and fines for overweight containers on roads, and resulting time and administrative efforts and costs to see reimbursement from responsible parties
  • Impairment of vessels’ optimal trim and draft, thus causing impaired vessel efficiency, sub-optimal fuel usage, and greater vessel air emissions
  • Mis-declared weights can also deprive countries of dutiable revenues in cases where duties or tariffs are applied on the weight measurement of a commodity

Source: The Lloyd’s List Australia –  a special report on the problems with overweight containers and how it seriously effects the shipping industry.