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A round up of all the latest news and events for the container weighing industry.

How has the introduction of the SOLAS VGM rules changed the industry?

TT Club's risk management director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox talks with Port Technology on the impact that the SOLAS VGM rules have had on the global shipping industry. Safety has, to some extent, improved but implementation by national governments around the world has been restricted for various reasons. Watch the interview with Port Technology.


IMO receives award from ICHCA

The IMO has been honoured with the inaugural John Strang A.O. memorial award from the ICHCA to celebrate its significant contribution to improving the health and well-being of seafarers and port workers alike. Learn more about the award. 



States are under equipped to enforce SOLAS regulations 

A new technical paper from TT Club claims that national governments do not have the resources required to support the legislation from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Download the free technical paper.


Fewer containers are being lost at sea 

The World Shipping Council (WLC) claims that fewer containers are being lost at sea this year than in previous years. The WLC say that non-catastrophic container losses in 2014 averaged 733 a year compared to 612 in 2016. This is encouraging news which can be attributed in part to industry efforts to improve container safety and reduce loss of containers, damage to cargo and potential loss of life. These efforts include the implementation of SOLAS regulations. Read the loadstar article


Europe implements new statement of weight regulations

In May 2017 a new directive was implemented in the EU which emphasises the need for correct weight information in the freight supply chain and potentially clarifies issues surrounding liability. Following on from the SOLAS regulations the new directive concerns transport of containers and swap bodies and will require the shipper to provide a statement of weight to the haulier. Read the full article.


Industry leaders call for Cargo Transport Units (CTU) code compliance

TT Club, in collaboration with the Global Shippers Forum (GSF), ICHCA and the World Shipping Council (WSC), are calling for the shipping industry to address the CTU code and SOLAS verified gross mass (VGM) requirements more seriously in the interest of improving safety for the industry as a whole.


How to get the message of container safety to reach a wider industry audience?  

Despite continuing improvements in the legislation surrounding container packing safety, many in the industry are resistant to change. This issue is further compounded by difficulties enforcing the regulations, meaning incorrectly declared container weights are still causing problems. A simple message of safety, a real punishment for those not obeying the rules and better training might be key according to this loadstar article


VGM nine months on.

New international regulations implemented last July clearly defined what comprises 'gross mass' for transporting packed containers by sea and required one of two weighing processes to support documented communication between stakeholders. Read the full TT Club Talk article.


ICHCA International Conference 2017

Join us in Las Palmas in October 2017 to mark 65 years of ICHCA International working to improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of the cargo handling industry worldwide. The Conference will be looking towards the future of cargo handling through 5 key sessions on how to make the global cargo chain SAFE, SUSTAINABLE, SECURE, SMART and SKILLED. ICHCA's flagship event promises to bring together the big names in cargo handling to discuss the best ways to improve as an industry. Register to attend the ICHCA International Conference 2017.


Strainstall's CWS™ successfully achieves EU-type approval.

Strainstall in world-first with EU-type approval for load pin based container weighing system. Strainstall has successfully achieved full Automatic Weighing Instruments EU-type approval from the National Measurements and Regulatory Office (NMRO) for its innovative Container Weight System (CWS)™. Read the full press release.


Strainstall's container weighing system receives EU approval

Strainstall has achieved full Automatic Weighing Instruments EU-type approval from the National Measurents and Regulatory Office (NMRO) for its container weighing system (CWS). The approval enables complete compliance to the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendment for the verification of container weights. Read the full article from Container Magazine.

Incorrect container packing leads to 65% of damaged cargo

An analysis of TT Club's insurance claims records suggests that 65% of damages to cargo result from poorly packed, blocked or secured cargo in CTUs, particularly freight containers. "Yet this points to only a fraction of the extent of a significant safety problem surrounding poor packing" states TT Club's Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox. Read the TT club article here.


ICHCA Packaged Dangerous Goods Seminar and ISP 77

ICHCA launches its Packaged Dangerous Goods Seminar - managing risk, reducing incidents and improving safety along the container supply chain. Monday 6 March 2017. Register for ICHCA's seminar here.


Enforcement failure undermines container weighing rule

Following the introduction of the regulation governing the verification of container mass, which entered force on 1 July last year, BMT Surveys conducted an investigation of the effectiveness of the rule. The conclusion was that there has been little change. Read the Fairplay article here.


ICHCA launches free monthly news digest for global cargo handling community

ICHCA International, the global cargo handling NGO, has launched Cargo Handling Voice, a free monthly online news digest focused on safety, security, sustainability and efficiency in cargo handling and transport around the world. Sign up for ICHCA's news digest here.


India again extends deadline for full SOLAS compliance

Indian shippers and stakeholders have a further four-month grace period to be fully compliant with the Safety of Life at Sea, or SOLAS, verified gross mass mandate. Read the JOC article.


SOLAS compliance high but holdouts, IT, and accuracy issues persist

Concerns still remain on the holdouts, IT issues, and accuracy of declarations related to SOLAS container weight rule. Read the JOC article.


Download the Container Weighing eBook: Part 2

PTI is pleased to announce its second Container Weighing eBook, in which the recently enforced Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) amendment from the IMO is explored. You can download part 2 of Port Technology International's Container Weighing eBook here.


High Court Blocks DP World's VGM Charges

A petition instigated by the Cochin Steamer Agents' Association to the local high court has given shippers the authority to force DP World's terminal at Cochin to abandon VGM fees. Read Port Technology International's article.


Government tells Indian terminals to stop charging VGM fees

Terminals in India's busiest port are facing heat over allegations of unnecessary container weighing to meet SOLAS. Read the JOC article.


Indian shippers latest to protest SOLAS VGM fees

Shippers using India's top port are furious with new fees related to the collection and transmission of verified gross mass data. Read the JOC article.


China Struggles with VGM Submissions

Freight forwarder Kuehne + Nagel has found that 50% of the VGMs being submitted through its online portal or via forms in China are incomplete. Read Port Technology International's article.


APMT in Big Container Weighing Win

With three days of terminal operations completed under the new SOLAS regulations, export cargo loading has proceeded without incident at APM Terminals (APMT's) Global Terminal Network. Read Port Technology International's article.


No SOLAS disruption reported at major European ports

There are no reports of disruption at Europe's three largest container ports Friday as a new international regulation requiring the weight of an export container to be verified before it can be loaded onto a ship came into force. Read the JOC article.


IMO's SOLAS Amendment Enters into Force

A new regulation requiring the gross mass of a container to be verified before it is loaded onto a ship has officially entered into force. Read Port Technology International's article.


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.

The IMO has issued a Circular to all Member States and the transport industry to assist the implementation of the VGM amendment to SOLAS, which comes into effect on 1 July. Find out more with IMO.


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 delaysFind 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 complyFind 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, BelgiumFind 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 caseFind 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.


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 200kgFind 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. 


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. 


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. 


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). 


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.


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.

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