Container Lines

In-depth coverage of container freight, including TEUs, iso containers, container standards and relevant issues.

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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
11 Feb 2016
The United States and any other country that is party to SOLAS can delay implementation of the International Maritime Organization’s controversial container weight rule by up to a year, a fact bound to increase pressure on the U.S. Coast Guard to extend the deadline past July 1 to avoid potential trade disruption.
SOLAS VGM IMO container weight
11 Feb 2016
Fitch Ratings is warning that the new International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea container weight mandate is poised to slow cargo throughput at U.S. ports as carriers, shippers and terminal operators grapple with rule set to take effect July. 1.
11 Feb 2016
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board plans a second expedition to search for the voyage data recorder and other evidence from the TOTE Maritime cargo ship El Faro, which sank Oct. 1 with the loss of its 33-member crew.
11 Feb 2016
APM Terminals says it continues to pursue an independent course in seeking carriers’ business while providing corporate affiliate Maersk Line with dedicated capacity at three transshipment centers.
11 Feb 2016
Shipping Corporation of India almost doubled its third-fiscal quarter net profit as cost savings, driven by lower bunker fuel prices and a change in depreciation provision, more than offset sluggish global trade and a marginal decline in operating revenue.
SOLAS VGM IMO container weight
11 Feb 2016
The Port of Felixstowe will offer a container weighing service to ensure UK shippers are able to comply with the new SOLAS container weight regulation that will be enforced from July 1, and to avoid potential export disruption.
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.
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.