OCEMA files discussion amendments

OCEMA files discussion amendments

The Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association has filed an amendment with the Federal Maritime Commission that clarifies the discussion agreement's general authority relating to inland charges.

The change may affect future consideration of detention charges for shippers that use carrier-owned intermodal equipment, but Jeffrey Lawrence, the group's attorney, said OCEMA currently has no plans to impose such charges.

Lawrence said a second amendment eliminates an associate membership category in OCEMA. He said 18 ocean carriers have joined, but none have opted for associate membership.

Neither change has any bearing on a long-simmering dispute over the safety of intermodal chassis on the highways, Lawrence said.

He said OCEMA opposes legislation being advocated by the American Trucking Associations, longshore unions and Teamsters that would require chassis owners to maintain chassis.

-- R.G. Edmonson in Washington