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A round up of all the latest news and events for the container weighing industry.
Shippers dead freight charge for SOLAS non-compliance
The United Arab Shipping Company will charge shippers a 'dead freight charge' for containers which are not loaded due to non-compliance with the new verified gross mass regulations. Find out more with JOC
Peel Ports to weigh containers at Port of Liverpool.
Construction has been completed on weighbridges at the Port of Liverpool to help cargo owners comply with the new SOLAS international regulations on container weights. Find out more with Port Technology.
VGM latest IMO advice.
Just 15% of IMO Member States ready for VGM.
While there has been a notable increase in the number of container terminals announcing they are ready to offer container weighing as a service, it is the national agencies responsible for enforcing the regulation who appear to be amongst the least prepared. Find out more with World Cargo News.
OOCL to charge big for container weighing.
For shippers who have failed to comply with the upcoming SOLAS amendment, Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL) has stated that it will weigh containers at a high cost Find out more with Port Technology.
Australian ports concerned about lenient approach to SOLAS rule.
Australia's plan to heed the IMO's call for a more lenient implementation of the SOLAS container weight rule has a group of ports and maritime authorities questioning whether too light a touch will be taken starting July 1. Find out more with JOC.
IMO urges countries to allow initial SOLAS enforcement flexibility.
Shippers, marine terminals and container lines could get some leeway in the first 3 months of the new SOLAS container weighing rule, after the IMO urges its members to exercise 'practical and pragmatic' policies when the ruling comes into force on 1 July. Find out more with Port Technology.
SOLAS VGM one month out - are you prepared?
ICHCA are hosting a highly focused working seminar to discuss the 3 C's of compliance, communication and contingency in relation to VGM legislation. Find out more with ICHCA International.
Only 40% of shippers sufficiently informed on weighing rules.
With only a month to go before the new container weighing rules come into force, a survey of shippers has found that only 40% have received sufficient information from their service providers. Find out more with Container Management Magazine.
PODCAST: Confused? Find out what the experts say about VGM.
The Loadstar podcast discusses the work being undertaken in the UK with shippers, forwarders and ports, all preparing for the rapidly approaching deadline - starting with DP World Southampton's commercial director Aart Hille Riis Lambers, explaining how its planned container weighing service will work. Find out more with The Loadstar.
Europe calls for container weighing clarity.
With implementation of the new SOLAS convention just two months away, the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) has called for clarity. Find out more with Port Strategy.
South Carolina port details container weighing plans.
The Port of Charleston plans to help exporters weigh containers before loading them onto ships, making it the first major US port to offer assistance with the new regulations some shippers say could raise their costs and cause delays. Find out more with The Wall Street Journal.
Container weighing: who will regulate the rule?
PTI exclusively interviews Jonathan C Williams, general manager of FONASBA, discussing whether there will be an international body who can responsibly enforce the new container weighing rule on July 1, as well as what will happen to those countries that do not comply. Find out more with Port Technology.
ICHCA container weighing seminar 2016.
Container VGM one month out - are you ready? Wednesday 1 June 2016 | OCHA Training Centre, Antwerp, Belgium. Find out more with ICHCA.
Japan finalises SOLAS processes, punishments.
Japan's government has officially introduced a much anticipated system designed to ensure the smooth implementation of the IMO's SOLAS container weight rule from 1 July and reduced the fines for non-compliance. Failing to provide VGM figures or falsifying them to carriers and container terminal operators is punishable by fines of up to 200,000 yen (about $1,870) per case. Find out more with JOC.
China issues guidelines to SOLAS container weight rule.
China will implement random inspections on export containers as part of its enforcement of new container weighing requirements, in accordance with guidelines issued by the Chinese Ministry of Transport. Find out more with Port Technology.
Hong Kong spells out container weighing requirements.
Hong Kong joins the UK and Japan, which have also set a plus or minus 5 percent tolerance level,while India has adopted a weight based tolerance of plus or minus 200kg. Find out more with JOC.
Port Technology launch FREE container weighing e-book.
Port Technology releases a FREE e-book with four exclusive papers exploring the container weighing issue from an operational, logistical, practical and legal perspective. Find out more with Port Technology.
Strainstall secures major order from DP World Southampton for it's world-leading container weight verification system.
The order is the first major commitment by a global container terminal, with DP World Southampton being one of the first operators to launch a container weight verification service for it's customers. Read more with Strainstall.
Strainstall launches CWS Portable™; a lightweight container weighing solution for the freight industry.
Strainstall has launched a portable Container Weight System (CWS)™ for container shippers to support compliance with the fast approaching IMO's SOLAS regulations for container weight verification. Read more with Strainstall.
Failure to comply with the new SOLAS regulations will be a criminal offence.
Failure to comply with the new container weighing safety regulations in the United Kingdom will be a criminal offence, punishable by a heavy fine or a prison term, according to a UK law firm. Find out more with JOC.
20% of countries still to identify authority will oversee new container VGM rules.
A survey conducted by the Federation of National Agents and Ship Brokers Association (FONASBA) has revealed that just 25% of respondents said that implementation plans were in place, while 31% said there were no plans and 44% said they were under development, despite there being just three months before the new rules come into force. Find out more with The Loadstar.
Not enough shipper input into SOLAS creation.
U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner has said that U.S. shippers didn't have enough of a voice in the creation of the IMO's SOLAS container weight rule and criticised the World Shipping Council for 'hijacking' the rule making. Find out more with JOC.
MSC and INTTRA enter into partnership to address SOLAS VGM requirements.
Mediterranean Shipping Company, a leader in global container shipping, and INTTRA, an ocean shipping electronic marketplace, have formed a new partnership which will introduce a solution to new container weight safety regulations. Find out more with Global Trade.
Strainstall's award winning Container Weight System™.
Strainstall has been awarded 'Best Onboard Weighing System 2016' for its pioneering Container Weight System™ in the annual Weighing Review Readers' Choice Awards. Read more with Strainstall.
FONABSA warns of 'significant disruption' on 1 July from container weighing.
The Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents, which supports the accurate verification of container weights, said a second survey of its members in over 50 countries found that in 18 no practical guidance had been issued on practical application of the new measures. Find out more with Seatrade Maritime News.
LA-Long Beach terminals can't comply with SOLAS guidelines.
Terminal operators in the ports of Los Angeles - Long Beach do not have the infrastructure to allow them to provide VGM weighing services for containers before they are loaded on to ships. Find out more with JOC.
Brazil terminal operators in final stages of SOLAS preparations.
The president of an association representing container terminal operators is confident that Brazil will be ready for the SOLAS verified gross mass ruling and has established a special technical group to resolve any final concerns. Find out more with JOC.
IMO confirms there are to be no delays to container weighing rules.
The IMO has made it perfectly clear that there are to be no delays in the enforcement of the new SOLAS regulations for container weight verification, at the recent ICHCA conference in Barcelona. The comments came following recent news that the US Coast Guard is debating whether the impending SOLAS guidelines on container weighing would be mandatory. Find out more with World Cargo News.
Successful trials for Strainstall's latest generation Container Weight System™.
Strainstall has successfully demonstrated that system's accuracy is in excess of industry expectations. CWS™ trials resulted in 100% of all data points falling within the more stringent of the two MCA proposals - giving confidence in the performance of the system. Read more with Strainstall.
First container weighing authority announced.
General and Marine Surveyors has been selected as the first third party company to provide VGM certificates by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). Find out more with FTW Online.
ICHCA International conference.
ICHCA International's conference took place on 29 February - 2 March 2016 at the World Trade Centre in Barcelona. Strainstall took part in the round table discussions on container weight verification in practice - from legislation to implementation. The event was a resounding success and provided a platform for some productive conversations with key industry figures. Read more with Strainstall.
Japan outlines preliminary container weight guidelines.
The Japanese government has outlined preliminary guidelines containing details of penalties and variations between the verified gross mass and actual weight of a container, for the smooth implementation of the IMO's container weight rules. Find out more with JOC.