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Container weighing regulations will come into effect on 1 July.

With just over a month to go before new SOLAS Convention container weighing rules come into force, a survey of shippers has found that only 40% have received sufficient information from their service providers. Find more what the world is saying about the new IMO SOLAS verified gross mass regulations on ICHCA Container Weighing Weekly.

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Are You Ready for   Changes in    Container Weight Verification Requirements effect on July 1, 2016

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted amendments to SOLAS convention which affects   shipping safety regulations. New regulations require shippers of packed containers to provide carriers and port terminal representatives with each container’s gross verified weight. Effective July 1, 2016, this requirement must be met as a condition for vessel loading.

With new SOLAS container weight verification rules set to apply globally, many questions are being asked, and many rules and processes have yet to be defined.

Technical seminar, held in 17 March 2016 at the Riga Free Port Authority, Latvia brought together interested parties from Baltic Sea region and Ukraine to focus on the following question: Are We Ready for Changes in Container Weight Verification Requirements effect on July 1, 2016?

Representatives from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Denmark, Poland, United Kingdom, Ukraine and Germany  gathered to discuss topics

  - The new requirement put on shippers, terminal operators and authorities

  - How will the rule be enforced, and what are the risks

  - The exchange of verified mass information message

  - Certified and calibrated equipment to weigh a container with cargo, discrepancies

  - Solution demonstrations


When: 17 March 2016

Venue: Freeport of Riga Authority port 12 Kalpaka Blvd., Riga, Latvia


Speakers & Presentations

Normunds Krumins

Latvian Logistics Association, Latvia


Andrew Huxley

TT Club, United Kingdom

Sandra Lielbarde

Laima Rituma

Latvian Maritime Administration, Latvia

Ministry of Transport, Latvia

Darren Snow

Strainstall UK Ltd, United Kingdom

Richard Morton

The International Port Community Systems Association, United Kingdom

Marc Fucke

TALLY TECH GmbH, Germany

Zane Vilkausa

PS Porttraining, Latvia

Nioclas Guilbert

Bill Brassington

Tadas Skimelis

Ange Optimization; Liner Game, Denmark

ETS Consulting, ICHCA International, United Kingdom

Lithuanian Maritime Safety Administration, Lithuania