Further to my previous articles regarding Mis-declaration of weights on board ships, and Weighing of all export containers, the issue is hotting up with the World Shipping Council recommending strict measures.. Below is an article from FTW covering this issue..
Misdeclared container weight issue gets an airing in US
The issue of misdeclared container weights once again came under the spotlight when Chris Koch, President and CEO of The World Shipping Council (WSC), testified regarding some current environmental and safety regulatory initiatives in which the industry is engaged.
He was speaking at the request of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation in the US recently.
Koch said the issue of misdeclared container weights had been a safety concern of many maritime industry stakeholders for years, with shipping lines reporting that “in severe cases, the overweight or incorrectly declared weights reach 10% of the total cargo on board a vessel.”
He explained that the WSC and other industry organisations had recommended that the IMO amend the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to establish a universal international regulatory requirement that all loaded export cargo containers be weighed before vessel loading, and that the actual container weights be made available to the vessel operator and used for vessel stowage planning.
He said that the industry was “hopeful that [its] recommendation would be seriously considered at the IMO and that the US Coast Guard would be a strong supporter of this initiative.
Maybe someone from the operations department of a shipping line, can share some information on whether there is an improvement in the situation or is the mis-declaration still rampant..