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Commentary

As the IMO's container weight rules near launch, there is great doubt about how countries will implement them and even if they can. For those who can, there’s the time and cost elements to consider as well as the concern about being different from others that can’t comply. Are those reasons to do nothing or to comply when convenient?

News & Analysis

SOLAS VGM IMO container weight
10 Feb 2016
In an indication of the range of issues that remain to be resolved in the U.S. before the SOLAS container weight rule takes effect in July, a public meeting of U.S. federal agencies, carriers, terminals and shippers (and media) will meet later this month in Washington under the auspices of the Federal Maritime Commission.
SOLAS VGM IMO container weight
10 Feb 2016
Maritime NZ, New Zealand’s maritime authority, is seeking stakeholder comments until March 11 on draft guidelines for compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea verified gross mass amendment.
10 Feb 2016
Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and more than a dozen other carriers will revise their pricing practices to avoid fines and end an EU antitrust suit and investigation, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
10 Feb 2016
Container shipping demand and capacity are matching up better after the latter greatly outpaced the former in the last three months of 2015, but it’s too soon to tell if the improvement will hold, said Nils Smedegaard Andersen, CEO of Maersk Group.
10 Feb 2016
Maersk Group’s 2015 profit tumbled 82 percent to $925 million as record low freight rates and a write down in the value of its oil assets savaged the Danish shipping giant’s annual earnings.
09 Feb 2016
Hapag-Lloyd says there was a 65 percent increase in improperly declared hazardous cargo it carried last year, the latest sign of how dangerous goods could disrupt supply chains through accidents such as those that took place recently in China and Brazil.
09 Feb 2016
The Agriculture Transportation Coalition said a new international container weight verification rule threatens U.S. exporters with lost business and supply chain “turmoil,” and warrants a congressional inquiry.
09 Feb 2016
A dozen tugboats pulled a mega-ship out of the mud of the Elbe River so that it could call at the Port of Hamburg, illustrating the pressure such gargantuan ships place on ports and rescue crews.
09 Feb 2016
A 10 percent increase in traffic at Itapoá port to 512,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units driven by a 25 percent surge in chicken exports to 41,200 containers in 2015 has left Itapoá in dire need of new equipment and more capacity.
08 Feb 2016
Container lines, at least in the U.S., are starting to take forceful action to prepare for the Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS, weight verification rule.