Container weighing rules will be ‘zero tolerance’

Don’t believe rumours about ‘tolerance’ in the new SOLAS rules on verified gross mass for containers, speakers told a seminar at the recent Multimodal conference. Containers which are already at sea on 1 July and need transhipment are the only deepsea boxes that will not be subject to the rules, said Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) technical advisor, Keith Bradley. (Though ro-ro containers on shortsea routes are exempt.) And senior vice president of ... [+]

Experts warn of container-weight chaos

One in ten containers have wrongly declared weights according to a recent survey, cargo handling expert Captain Richard Brough told a seminar at the Multimodal exhibition in Birmingham on 30 April. Captain Brough, who is technical and administration director of the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), said that in ... [+]

Svendborg Maersk containers spotted in Devon

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) says that three containers swept overboard from the Svendborg Maersk in the Bay of Biscay on 14 February have appeared in UK waters, one of which has come ashore. The ship lost about 520 boxes but most were empty and are believed to have ... [+]

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