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Container Handling & Storage


Are you looking for a logistics provider to handle your container related services as well? Broekman Breakbulk Terminals is a full logistics provider and supports you with every type of cargo.

As of 1 July 2016, the new requirement to weigh containers will go into effect. This is the result of a directive adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in July 2014 which requires shippers to provide a Verified Gross Weight (VGWW) for every full container for export starting on 1 July 2016. If the shipper is unable to comply, then the shipping companies will refuse to load the container on their ships.

As a result of an agreement between the branch organisations and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment regarding the implementation of the requirement to weigh containers, shippers have two options to comply with the requirement: physical weighing or using the calculation method. Unfortunately, SOLAS has not accurately described the calculation method to be used, so it is unclear as to which calculation method meets the requirements. The method for physical weighing has, however, been described clearly. Starting on 1 July, Broekman Logistics will offer a physical method that meets the SOLAS requirements.


“At our location in the Brittanniëhaven, Broekman Distriport, (Rotterdam, Botlek), it will be possible to weigh the container with only one stop, where previously two stops were necessary”, says Bertwin Zonneveld, General Manager Sales Breakbulk Terminals. “Since we can remove the container from the trailer and place it on the scale using a reach stacker, the lorry only needs to make one stop, and the driver can immediately go on to the container terminal. In other words, ours is the most efficient solution for the client to weigh his container, as our scale is located near the A15 motorway and the Maasvlakte container terminals.”

Weighing containers at Broekman Logistics takes all the work off of the client’s hands. Stefan van Kalken adds: “Broekman Distriport in the Botlek offers a completely ‘SOLAS-proof’ method for weighing full containers. The weight information can then be shared directly with the client or shipping company upon request.” To ensure a smooth process of weighing containers we ask you to give us a 24 hour notice, prior to arrival, and whether your cointainer is IG or OOG. 

Want to know more about the SOLAS Requirements and the weighing of your containers? Get in touch with Stefan van Kalken.