The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

FMC’s Doyle to Exit Commission in January, 2018

Excerpts from Marine Link:

On Nov. 27, the Office of Commissioner William P. Doyle of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission issued the following:

“Last week, I notified The President of the United States Donald J. Trump of my intention to leave the Federal Maritime Commission effective January 3, 2017. It has been an honor […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


IMO MSC approves draft Polar Code

At the 93rd meeting of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), held at IMO HQ in London from 14 to 23 May, the committee approved, in principle, the draft Polar Code and related SOLAS amendments with a view to formal adoption in November.

The draft Polar Code covers the full range of design, construction, equipment, operational, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Ports and Carriers United on the Need to Weigh Loaded Containers

June 2011: Container ship Deneb in Algeciras: A review after this incident found that 16 containers on the ship’s load list had actual weights far in excess of the declared weights, by as much 6.7 times the declared weight.

The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has joined with the World Shipping Council (WSC), […]