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SOLAS Container Mass Verification Rule Enter into force

From Marine Link:

A new regulation requiring the gross mass of a container to be verified before it is loaded onto a ship enters into force today (1 July 2016). It will assist in ensuring that the millions of containers carried on ships each year are optimally stowed, thereby helping to prevent container stacks collapsing […]

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FMC Chairman Mario Cordero urges ocean carriers to accept obvious path to VGM compliance

The MSC Napoli disaster of 2007 was one of many incidents that brought container weight safety issues to the forefront.

With the July 1 implementation date for new container weighing requirements fast approaching, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission Mario Cordero said the time has come for ocean carriers to embrace the obvious solution to […]

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SOLAS is critical to seafarer and cargo safety

In January 2007, the containership MSC Napoli suffered a structural failure and broke up off the coast of the UK. Misdeclared container weights were identified as a factor causing the structural failure.

Excerpts from an opinion piece by Dennis L. Bryant, principal, Bryant’s Maritime Consulting, published in the Journal of Commerce:

It is important […]

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HPH to weigh boxes at most of its terminals

From the Journal of Commerce:

Hutchison Port Holdings said the majority of terminals in its global network will offer container-weighing services to help supply chain stakeholders comply with the amendment to the SOLAS convention that requires all containers to have a verified gross mass before they are loaded onto a vessel.

HPH said its network […]

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US exporters, container lines in high-stakes game of SOLAS chicken

From the Journal of Commerce:

The U.S. Coast Guard’s announcement last week that it wouldn’t object to two alternative methods of verifying container weights set in motion a high-stakes game of chicken between carriers and exporters. It is also fueling a fight among ports seeking to present themselves as the most user-friendly to shippers struggling […]

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US Congress turns eye toward SOLAS container weight rule

From the Journal of Commerce:

The U.S. Congress will look into the impact the global SOLAS container weight rule will have on exporters next week, the latest sign of how some shippers’ frustration with the rule is mounting ahead of the July 1 deadline.

A House subcommittee on April 14 will hear from representatives of […]

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Former ship captains tell of megaship risks, importance of container weight

In June 2013, the container vessel MOL Comfort couldn’t continue sailing under its own power because the vessel’s hull suffered a serious crack while sailing on the Indian Ocean. The container ship was fractured in 2 parts, fore and aft, according to Vessel Finder.

Excerpts from a Vessel Finder article titled ‘Mega-ships bring mega-risks, […]

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World Shipping Council slams AgTC claims on container weight

Excerpts from Lloyd’s List:

The US-based World Shipping Council, which represents the interests of the majority of major container lines, has hit back with a stinging retort to claims by the Agriculture Transportation Coalition that SOLAS rules on the verification of gross mass will cause disruption in the supply chain when they take effect on […]

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US ports ill-prepared for new container weighing requirements

From Splash 247:

Fitch Ratings, one of the big three statistical ratings agencies in the US, said on Thursday that US ports are ill-prepared for the July implementation of new container weighing requirements.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set July 1 as the date for implementing an amendment to the International Convention for the […]

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Carriers, shippers team up to prepare for new container weight rules

From the Journal of Commerce:

Container lines, U.S. shippers and logistics providers are coming together to figure out the best way to prepare for the July 1 start of new global regulations requiring the weighing of containers before they are allowed to be loaded onto a ship.

The Agriculture Transportation Coalition and the Transpacific Stabilization […]

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Thinking inside the box on Workers’ Memorial Day

By Paddy Crumlin, National Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the President of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

Unsafe containers affect workers in every section of the transport chain – that makes it a trade union issue.

Today, on International Workers’ Memorial Day we remember the dockers, seafarers, truck drivers, railway […]

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IAPH welcomes IMO container weighing move

Maersk created this graphic on the potential catastrophe created by improper weight distribution on a Triple-E ship. IAHP reports that ‘incorrectly declared container weights are one of the major causes of maritime container accidents in ship navigation, road transportation and terminal operation.’

The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has welcomed the IMO’s Maritime […]

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New container weight regulation in 2016 will be critical to the entire supply chain

Under-declaration of container weights, or unsafe loading, has been responsible for many serious truck accidents, and was implicated in the sinking of the MSC Napoli in 2007.

A new UN code of practice, requiring container weights to be verified before shipping, will come into force in July 2016.

If the issue sounds dull and […]

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ITF: ‘The struggle for container weights safety continues’

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has pledged to continue the struggle for container weight safety after what it described as a missed opportunity to reduce the risk of harm to transport workers and members of the public.

The organisation was speaking out following a decision by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) sub–committee on dangerous […]

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New talks on tap as East Coast port strike looms

From the Wall Street Journal:

A new round of negotiations has been scheduled in the dispute between shipping companies and dock workers at ports along the East Coast.

Federal mediators announced the new talks on Thursday. They are scheduled for the week of Sept. 17.

The longshoremen’s contract expires at the end of September, and […]

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