Army tanks are one of the most popular armored fighting vehicles in the world. Designed for the front line, it has both offensive and defensive functions to simultaneously provide effective mobile protection and firepower. They are generally made from steel-based materials, which alone make them weigh tons.
Of course, weight is one of the deciding factors of their maneuverability. Modern tanks have weight limits to help ensure their effectiveness. But how exactly are tanks being weighed?
Tanks for export are no exception from the latest SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) law requirements. In order to be shipped, a tank also needs to arrive at port with a weight certificate indicating its true, accurate weight. The shipper, Russell Transport, needed an efficient solution to weigh a tank they needed to ship by the next day.
If mobile weighing solutions like Conweigh had not existed yet, what could have been their other options?
The tank was a light type with dimensions that can pass for weighing using a weighbridge. However, if the tank had been bigger, a weighbridge would have easily been scratched off from their list. Moreover, since they do not have a weighbridge on site, transporting the tank to a public weighbridge would mean spending more time and money just to obtain the tank’s weight declaration certificate.
2) Weigh at port
A number of ports have started providing weighing facilities to help shippers obtain their machinery or container VGMs on time and avoid missing cut-offs.
However, without finding out its true weight at the shipper’s site, the transport to the port puts anything and anyone at risk.
Russell Transport needed a compliant weighing a solution that can efficiently cut back total handling time and cost without sacrificing the accuracy and reliability of the weight results. Seeing that Conweigh has been doing heavy machinery weighing, they contacted Conweigh to enquire if their solution can weigh a tank.
Using the Conweigh on demand weighing service, Russell Transport gained access to a completely reliable weighing solution and VGM provider without the added obligation to rent or purchase the equipment or subscribe with a lock in period.
Prior to the arrival of their assigned Conweigh Weighing Technician, they placed the tank on top of a flat rack in advance to prepare the tank for weighing, similar to the mining truck weighing. The flat rack has a tare weight of 1,940 kg.
During weighing jobs, all Conweigh Weighing Technicians use the Conweigh Technician mobile app, where they follow a safety checklist before, during, and after weighing to ensure a safe, accurate, and compliant verification of weight.
Upon arrival, Conweigh Technicians check items such as the stability of the machinery or container on the ground, whether the corner locks of a container or flat rack is accessible, and if there is room between two or more containers or machinery for the Technicians to attach the weighing pedestals.
In under 30 minutes, the Conweigh Technician attached the pedestals, weighed the tank and flat rack, and captured a total weight of 27,350 kg. After deducting the flat rack’s tare weight, the tank was issued a valid weight certificate showing a 25,410 kg weight.
The Conweigh weighing equipment and software solution was originally developed as an answer to new maritime laws that required export shipping containers to arrive at port with a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) weight certificate as proof of accurate, physical weighing. Otherwise, the container will never be loaded onto the ship.
However, not only the export shipping industry can benefit from Conweigh’s portable weighing solution. Heavy machinery shippers can also weigh their equipment on site without unnecessary and burdensome handling time and costs, as well as increased risks with every transport time wherein the equipment’s true weight is unknown.