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Shippers should not expect delays to SOLAS container weight regs: U.S. Coast Guard


WASHINGTON, D.C.–At a Federal Maritime Commission hearing Thursday in Washington, D.C. United States Coast Guard officials made it clear the shipping industry will have to comply with International Maritime Organization verified gross mass requirements on July 1.

 

According to an American Shipper report, the U.S. Coast Guard has a succinct message for the container shipping industry: don’t expect a delay in the implementation of the International Maritime Organization’s new container weight verification mandate, and don’t look to the Coast Guard to enforce the mandate on shippers.
The hearing was facilitated by the Federal Maritime Commission in Washington, D.C. Thursday, USCG Rear Admiral Paul Thomas made clear that the global regulation applies to the loading of ships, and that the Coast Guard won’t play a policing role in ensuring shippers are complying with the regulation.
That interaction will largely be determined by the commercial relationship between the ocean carrier, its shipper customers, and the container terminal operators, the report said.
In a panel presentation at the Cargo Logistics Canada conference Thursday, Freight Management Association of Canada’s Bob Ballantyne covered details of the IMO container verified gross mass regulations and the implications for Canadian shippers. Details of this presentation will appear in Canadian Shipper’s March/April issue.