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Breakthrough reached in the great weight debate

The International Maritime Organisation’s has agreed a compromise deal to ensure that containers are properly weighed before being loaded onto deep-sea ships, following a long debate with operators and shippers. Under a compromise deal for new guidelines on container

weighing, reached on 20 September, IMO’s Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers Committee agreed in principle to the proposal that would prohibit the loading of any container on board ship without first obtaining the certified or verified weight. Under the deal, the weight can be obtained either by weighing the complete container and its contents or it would be possible for shippers to weigh the individual items such as pallets or boxes before loading into the container and derive the complete weight – provided that they certify the method they use to arrive at that figure. The proposals now need to be confirmed in May 2014, but the measure is expected to take effect only in July 2016, giving the

industry three years in which to ready itself for the new rules. The Global Shippers Forum (GSF) welcomed the

compromise, declaring it “a good day for maritime safety.” GSF said that in making the decision, on 20 September, the IMO had addressed the recognised safety problem of misdeclared container cargo weights, which was considered at that week’s meeting of the IMO Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers. The GSF said that it believes the compromise proposal,

with two alternative methods for verification, was the “best possible outcome” for shippers and the maritime industry, as it provides a flexible and workable solution which can be adopted by industry without significant cost or delays in the supply chain. GSF secretary general, Chris Welsh said: “The outcome is a sensible compromise, and we are pleased that the IMO listened carefully to shippers’ arguments regarding appropriate

2 >> Germany takes young forwarder title

The 2013 Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award has been presented to Janna Van Burgeler of Germany at a ceremony during the FIATA Congress in Singapore. She was presented with her award by TT Club’s regional director for Europe, Andrew Kemp. The other three regional finalists were Mohamed Samy,

Egypt, Kaloyan Petrov (Canada) and Prabhot Singh (India). The award is presented in recognition of forwarding excellence and was established by FIATA with the support of TT Club to encourage the development of quality training in the industry and to reward young talent Andrew Kemp said, “The quality of the dissertations and

presentations were of the usual exceptional standard and it was clear that a lot of research, planning and hard work had gone into their preparation.”

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