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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 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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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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ICS, ITF Concerned About IMO Casualty Reporting Compliance

The International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers’ Federation have made a joint submission to the International Maritime Organization expressing concern about the apparent failure of some flag states to submit maritime casualty reports to the agency, which is required under several international maritime conventions.

“The lack of investigation and accident reports hinders […]

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