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The IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) approved changes to the SOLAS Convention regarding a mandatory container weight verification requirement on shippers.

A new requirement was added to SOLAS VI Chapter 2 by the adoption of Resolution MSC.380 (94).

This requirement will become legally effective on July 1, 2016. 

Shippers, freight forwarders, vessel operators, and terminal operators will all need to establish policies and procedures to ensure the implementation of this regulatory change.

Under the SOLAS amendments, there are two methods shippers may use to determine the container weight once the container packing process has taken place:

1. Weighing the packed container using calibrated and certified equipment; or
2. Weighing all packages and cargo items, including pallets, dunnage and other securing material, and adding the sum of these weights ... See more...

The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal Wrecks, 2007

The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal Wrecks will enter into force on 14 April 2015.   Convention requires owners of a ship of 300 gross tonnes and over registered in a State Party or entering or leaving a port in the territory of a State Party to have insurance or other financial security, such as guarantee of bank or similar institution to cover liability under the Convention.

Convention also required that Certificate of Insurance or other Financial Security in Respect of Liability for Removal of Wrecks from a State Party attesting that such insurance is in force be carried on board at all times. Under the Convention, States that already ratified Convention may not allowed vessels, to which this convention apply to leave or enter their ports. 

Panama Maritime Authority has issued Circular MMC-308  which strongly urged Owners/Operators, or Representatives of Panamanian flagged vessels to follow the procedures a For more information...