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

 

 

26 May 2016
Another terminal operator will offer container weighing services to help shippers comply with VGM rules.
25 May 2016
Kuehne + Nagel has chosen Inttra to help its clients comply with an international container weight regulation.
24 May 2016
APL has unveiled a new tool to help shippers understand SOLAS around the globe.
23 May 2016
Shippers, marine terminals and container lines could get some leeway in the first three months of the new SOLAS container weighing rule.
23 May 2016
Shippers and freight forwarders are confused over how to comply with an international container weight verification rule that comes into effect on July 1.
23 May 2016
The new SOLAS regulation could increase costs in more ways than expected.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights OOCL
23 May 2016
OOCL has warned its customers of the complications and penalties they face if they fail to comply with the SOLAS container weight rule.
23 May 2016
The world's container supply chain remains concerned at a lack of clarity around the SOLAS verified gross mass ruling.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights Yantian China service
23 May 2016
The major China export gateway of Yantian will offer container weighing services to help shippers comply with the SOLAS container weight rule.
21 May 2016
Liability, costs and technology are just a few of the questions.
20 May 2016
Hamburg Sud will use the platform of Inttra, the U.S.-based shipping electronic marketplace, to ensure compliance with the international container weight regulation that comes into effect on July 1.
19 May 2016
The Port of Charleston has changed its mind on its previously announced SOLAS policy.
19 May 2016
Container lines and U.S. ports have asked the U.S. maritime regulator for permission to get together to craft a common strategy for dealing with SOLAS.
19 May 2016
Congressional pressure is intensifying on stakeholders in the containerized supply chain to find an agreeable response to the SOLAS rule.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
18 May 2016
A cottage industry providing new products aimed at saving them money and eliminating frustration has emerged.
17 May 2016
The looming SOLAS summer deadline has left many shippers wondering where and how they will be able to obtain certified VGMs.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
17 May 2016
A group of U.S. agriculture exporters rejected container lines’ recent attempt to mollify concerns over the legal liabilities of inaccuracies in the container tare weight when generating a verified gross mass under the new SOLAS container weight rule.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
17 May 2016
Latin America and Caribbean terminal operators will face different national rules regarding the SOLAS container weight verification rule, adding another layer of difficulty to an already tricky process.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights India
16 May 2016
India has passed much-awaited legislation that clears the way for the July 1 implementation of new container weight rules set by the International Maritime Organization’s SOLAS mandate.
16 May 2016
With less than two months before the SOLAS container-weighing rule takes effect, questions of the strength and scale of the enforcement’s bite in the U.S. are mounting.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights disruption enforcement
16 May 2016
Don’t be surprised by disruption when the International Maritime Organization's newest SOLAS rule takes effect July 1.
Rotterdam SOLAS APM Terminals
16 May 2016
APM Terminals has added additional ports to the 29 where it said it would be offering weighing services to enable SOLAS compliance.
13 May 2016
Because North Carolina said it’s been weighing containers to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules, the decision to provide container weights to help shippers meet the International Maritime Organization’s new SOLAS rule does not represent a change in operating procedures.
13 May 2016
Hutchison Port Holdings laid out how it will handle the SOLAS container weight rule when it takes effect July 1.
ITS terminal in Port of Long Beach
11 May 2016
Terminal operators fear that weighing export containers with the precision that might be required under SOLAS could intensify gate congestion in the largest U.S. port complex of Los Angeles-Long Beach.
11 May 2016
A group of 19 container lines has announced a plan to ease the concerns of U.S. exporters over liability when it comes to SOLAS.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
11 May 2016
India shippers will have more leeway on the tolerance level of variation for container weights, and one decision of the Directorate General of Shipping could impact shippers.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
11 May 2016
APM Terminals announced Wednesday it will provide container weighing services at 29 locations across its global network to ensure a smooth transition to an international regulation that comes into force on July 1.
10 May 2016
The first terminal at the Port of New York and New Jersey has announced how it will respond to the SOLAS container weight rule.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
10 May 2016
In issuing its guidance on how exporters need to meet the SOLAS container weight rule, Israeli stakeholders have said they will double-check the verified gross mass declarations of containers.
10 May 2016
The Virginia Port Authority has revised its position on the SOLAS container weight rule, the latest sign of how terminals and port operators are changing tactics.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
06 May 2016
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 to comply with the new rule.
05 May 2016
The Georgia Ports Authority said Thursday it will be taking a new approach to the SOLAS container weight rule.
SOLAS verified gross mass VGM IMO container weights
05 May 2016
U.K. shippers planning to weigh the contents and packaging of a container before adding that sum to the tare weight to gain the verified gross mass will have to pay a fee.
04 May 2016
DP World said in a notice to customers in the United Arab Emirates that it had determined how it will enable SOLAS compliance in the UAE and at what cost.

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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