Container Weights

Container Weights

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Effective July 1, 2016, any shipping container leaving from any port in the world must be accompanied by a shipping document signed either electronically or in hard copy by the shipper on the bill of lading listing the verified gross mass of a container in order to be loaded onto a ship. The container weight mandate from the International Maritime Organization under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention comes after misdeclared weights contributed to maritime casualties such as the breakup and subsequent beaching of the MSC Napoli on the southern U.K. coast in 2007 and the partial capsizing a feeder ship in the Spanish port of Algeciras in June, 2015.

The weighing must be done in one of two approved ways, called Method 1 and Method 2, on scales calibrated and certified to the national standards of the country where the weighing was performed. Many of finer points of the new regulation have not yet been finalized, such as enforcement, and what happens to a container that arrives at a port without the necessary documentation or if the VGM (verified gross mass) declaration for a container turns out to be false or incorrect.

JOC.com is dedicated to providing shippers, carriers, forwarders, ports and others with extensive, authoritative coverage of what will be the one of the largest challenges facing the container shipping industry globally in 2016. See this extensive, continuously updated Q&A covering the range of issues that shippers, carriers, 3PLs and terminals need to be aware of as the implementation date approaches.

INFOGRAPHIC: How to meet the container weight mandate

 

 

23 Jun 2016
A group of marine terminal operators is openly criticizing suggestions that they should be responsible for providing certified container weights to shippers.
23 Jun 2016
Hapag-Lloyd is the latest container line to link up with Inttra.
22 Jun 2016
A French nonprofit representing the container industry is creating a comprehensive database of container tare weights to help shippers comply with SOLAS VGM rules.
U.S. exporters finally achieved the carrier uniformity they were seeking on the SOLAS container-weighing requirement.
20 Jun 2016
U.S. exporters finally achieved the carrier uniformity they were seeking on the SOLAS container weighing requirement.
20 Jun 2016
Several non-vessel-operating common carriers have detailed how much they will charge shippers to transmit verified gross mass declarations to marine terminals and container lines and what they will charge for weighing services to meet the SOLAS rule taking effect July 1.
16 Jun 2016
“Why anyone would add procedures, requirements and costs to doing business is not only puzzling, it raises the specter of anti-competitive behavior and necessitating Commission action,” U.S. Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero said in a statement Thursday.
16 Jun 2016
Maersk Line expects a “bumpy” six months after the SOLAS container weight rule enters force.
16 Jun 2016
At an industry exhibition in Shanghai there was resignation to some disruption from the new SOLAS rule.
15 Jun 2016
Hutchison Port Holdings has spelled out its SOLAS policy at four Mexican terminals.
14 Jun 2016
Damco, the global logistics and freight forwarding group, Tuesday launched container weighing services.
13 Jun 2016
The Multi-Rio container terminal in the port of Rio de Janeiro will charge shippers for container weighing services and verified gross mass transmission.
The port of Liverpool will charger shippers to create verified gross mass data.
13 Jun 2016
The port of Liverpool will offer container weighing services to help its customers comply with a new international regulation that comes into effect on July 1.
10 Jun 2016
Because the guidance is so variable and prone to change, the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America cannot ensure all the information is timely or accurate.
09 Jun 2016
An International Maritime Organization call for countries to exercise regulatory leniency has added to shipper confusion and is the latest harbinger that disruption will hit many of the world’s ports in three weeks.
SOLAS VGM Europe compliance IMO
09 Jun 2016
Europe’s top terminal operators and equipment manufacturers are accelerating moves to help shippers comply with a new international regulation.
09 Jun 2016
U.S. exporters moving goods out of the Port of New York and New Jersey are getting a better understanding of how terminals at the largest U.S. East Coast gateway will handle the new SOLAS rule.
United Arab Shipping Company will charge shippers for the creation of VGM data.
08 Jun 2016
Shippers have been told by another carrier of the steep cost of non-compliance with the new container weighing regulations.
The largest container terminal in the Northwest Seaport Alliance has stated its position on SOLAS VGM generation.
08 Jun 2016
The largest container terminal in the Northwest Seaport Alliance has stated its position on SOLAS VGM generation.
OOCL will weight containers to enable SOLAS compliance.
08 Jun 2016
Orient Overseas Container Line will offer to weigh containers — at a steep cost — for shippers.
Port of Rio de Janeiro
08 Jun 2016
Container terminals in Brazil are hashing out pricing policies for enabling shipper compliance with an international container weight rule that enters force July 1.
Ports in Canada are still finalizing their SOLAS VGM processes
08 Jun 2016
Like their U.S. counterparts, Canadian exporters know some but not all of the details of how individual container terminals will cope with a new international container weight rule.
07 Jun 2016
Motor carrier offers SOLAS-aimed weighing service, believed to be the first in the Port of New York and New Jersey.
United Arab Shipping Company is the latest container line to choose Inttra to help comply with SOLAS.
07 Jun 2016
United Arab Shipping Company is the latest container line to choose Inttra to help comply with a new international container weighing regulation.
The shipping industry is hopeful that it can find solutions to the International Maritime Organization's SOLAS container weight rule.
06 Jun 2016
The global transportation industry will muddle through a new SOLAS container weighing rule taking effect July 1.
United Kingdom freight forwaders warned not to be complaced about SOLAS despite International Maritime Organization grace period.
06 Jun 2016
A U.K. freight forwarder group urged its members not to be complacent about a new regulation on container weighing.
04 Jun 2016
Too few Russian exporters have applied to the government for the use of Method 2 under SOLAS.
Stakeholders are urging the FMC to make a decision about a SOLAS discussion group.
03 Jun 2016
Pressure is building on U.S. maritime regulators to quickly decide whether ports and container lines can hash out details on a strategy that could dramatically simplify exporters’ meeting the SOLAS container weight rule.
SOLAS VGM container weights Los Angeles Long Beach Oakland
02 Jun 2016
The associations representing marine terminal operators in Los Angeles-Long Beach and Oakland made an important announcement regarding their position on SOLAS.
Kuehne + Nagle has laid out its SOLAS VGM policy.
02 Jun 2016
Freight forwarder to charge more to customers that don't use company portal.
02 Jun 2016
Singapore-based terminal operator joins its global peers in offering container weighing services from July 1.
01 Jun 2016
French container line offers online page to help customers.
31 May 2016
A group of ports and maritime authorities questioning whether too light a touch will be taken starting July 1.
30 May 2016
The First Container Terminal is Russia's first container terminal to announce a plan to provide container weighing services.
27 May 2016
The International Maritime Organization’s call for leniency in enforcement of the verified gross mass rule after July 1 contradicts the carrier and terminal message of “no VGM, no load.”
26 May 2016
The Port of Felixstowe, the busiest in the United Kingdom, has outlined pricing for its container weighing service.

Commentary

U.S. marine terminals’ last-minute rallying around existing container weighing services, global operators’ weighing services for those exporting outside the U.S. and a regulatory grace period made the rollout of International Maritime Organization's SOLAS akin to the much-feared but innocuous Y2K. 

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