English Arabic Armenian Azerbaijani Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Traditional) Czech Danish Dutch Estonian Filipino Finnish French Galician Georgian German Greek Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Malay Maltese Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Russian Slovak Slovenian Spanish Swedish Thai Turkish Ukrainian Vietnamese

New container weight rule to save lives

PRESS RELEASE:

May 01, 2014: A new UN code of practice requiring container weights to be verified before shipping will enter into force in July 2016. If the issue sounds dull and procedural, it is nothing of the kind.

Under-declaration of container weight, or unsafe loading, has been responsible for many serious truck accidents, and was implicated in the sinking of the MSC Napoli in 2007. Speakers at the Multimodal exhibition in Birmingham said better information about box contents may have averted the fire on board the MSC Flaminia in 2012, which claimed three lives, and last year’s fire on the Maersk Kampala.

Richard Brough, technical and admin director for the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), estimated that up to 20% of containers are misdeclared. One 8,000 teu vessel leaving Rotterdam was discovered to be 6,000 tonnes over its declared weight, putting enormous strain on its lashing system.

MSC FlaminiaThese discrepancies might explain why 600 boxes are washed overboard every year, according to official statistics. ICHCA puts the real figure closer to 10,000.

Under the new regulation, boxes will have to be weighed and verified before loading. But at what point in the transport chain, Capt. Brough wondered? At the container crane it was too late. The shipper may have to come to the port to resolve the problem if a box was too heavy - and it could mean the law had already been broken on the road or rail journey.

Sharon James, secretary of the dockers’ section, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), said unstable containers moving by road were a public safety issue, not just a threat to drivers. “Who takes it back if port says it’s illegal?” she asked.

Andrew McNab, marketing director of the biggest UK road container transport operator, showed shocking examples of trucks tipping over on twisty roads or roundabouts, in one case within minutes of leaving the dock gate, because heavier cargo had been placed on top of lighter, or the load was unevenly distributed.

“The onus is still on the driver when it ought to be on the packer,” McNab said. “We need everyone in the supply chain to be aware of and fully accept the guidelines. We need more and better training for everyone involved, including shippers, packers and warehousemen.”

Chris Welsh, director of global and European policy at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), which coordinated Wednesday’s Multimodal seminars, said the UK government favours pre-verification using the calculated weight method rather than physical container weighing. “Some believe that’s a cop-out, but there will be sampling, especially of shippers who are not known or trusted,” he said.

Peregrine Storrs-Fox, risk management director for the TT Club, said technology may come to the industry’s rescue. Weighing via twist-lock sensors would allow those moving containers “to gain more knowledge not just of weight, but what’s going on inside the box,” he said.

More News

Written on 22/10/2017, 19:17
aramex-to-electrify-the-middle-eastDUBAI: October 22, 2017. Aramex has acquired 10 more electric delivery vehicles in Amman as part of a CO2 emissions reduction plan to convert its entire...
Written on 19/10/2017, 16:33
kerr-to-leave-etihad-cargoABU DHABI, October 19, 2017. Etihad Cargo senior vice president David Kerr is to leave the organization at the end of 2017. The airline said his successor...
Written on 18/10/2017, 18:56
kn-profits-from-eurasia-rail-linksHAMBURG: October 17, 2017. Six months after its launch, Kuehne + Nagel (KN) has added points in northern China, Japan and South Korea to its Eurasia...
Written on 17/10/2017, 21:07
bbc-chartering-and-jumbo-create-project-cargo-allianceLEER, Germany/ SCHIEDAM, Netherlands: October 17, 2017. Heavylift and project cargo ocean carriers BBC Chartering and Jumbo have agreed to collaborate in...
Written on 17/10/2017, 15:53
compressors-support-turkmenistan-gas-for-chinaCALGARY: October 17, 2017. Bolloré Logistics China has chartered four AN-124-100 flights to ship compressor skids from Calgary, Canada to the vast...
Written on 16/10/2017, 19:43
freightweek-news-update-week-42MARIETTA, GA: October 19, 2017. Lockheed Martin has successfully completed the first flight of its LM-100J, the 17th version of its C-130J Super Hercules...
Written on 16/10/2017, 15:47
maserati-makes-an-entrance-at-naritaMODENA: October 16, 2017. Maserati chartered an Air Bridge Cargo Airlines 747-400 freighter for the Japan launch of its MY18 Maserati GranTurismo and...
Written on 13/10/2017, 18:36
apl-adds-to-guaranteed-service-suiteSINGAPORE: October 09, 2017. APL has renamed its two guaranteed service offerings 'Eagle Guaranteed' and added 'Eagle Go' to the suite with a guarantee of...
Written on 13/10/2017, 16:59
dp-world-to-expand-in-dominican-republicDUBAI: October 12, 2017. DP World is planning to expand its US$400 million Caucedo port operations in the Dominican Republic with a new 400-meter berth...
Written on 12/10/2017, 19:48
hawaii-to-meet-the-maxDALLAS: October 12, 2017. With 44 consecutive years of profitability, Southwest Airlines has announced it will begin service to Hawaii from the U.S....
Written on 12/10/2017, 18:43
skyteam-members-look-towards-joint-ventureGUANGZHOU/AMSTERDAM: October 12, 2017. China Southern Cargo and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo have taken the first step towards a joint venture with the...
Written on 12/10/2017, 16:17
turkish-airlines-outperforms-marketISTANBUL: October 12, 2017. Turkish Airlines reported a 25 percent year-on-year increase in air cargo carried to over 97,000 tons in September as traffic...
Written on 10/10/2017, 16:47
cargolux-signs-cargo-codeshare-with-emiratesDUBAI/LUXEMBOURG: October 10, 2017. Cargolux and Emirates SkyCargo have signed a cargo codeshare agreement for passenger and freighter services. Both...
Written on 10/10/2017, 15:24
freightweek-news-update-week-41PITTSBURGH, PA: October 15, 2017. A Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777 freighter arrived at Pittsburgh International Airport last Thursday as the airline's...
Written on 06/10/2017, 21:28
miami-and-iata-agree-air-cargo-outlook-remains-strongGENEVA: October 04, 2017. IATA reports a 12.1 percent year-on-year increase in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) in August for its members, the fifth time...
Written on 06/10/2017, 17:05
more-flying-fish-from-emirates-sky-cargoCOLOMBO: October 03, 2017. Emirates Sky Cargo says Sri Lanka fish exports have been booming in the past 12 months following the lifting of European...
Written on 05/10/2017, 21:25
wal-mart-to-provide-a-new-parcel-serviceBENTONVILLE, AK: October 03 2017. Walmart has acquired Parcel, a technology-based, 24/7 service that uses routing algorithms to deliver perishable and...
Written on 05/10/2017, 20:44
french-fruit-exporter-acquires-danish-reefersTINGLEY, Denmark: October 03, 2017. British-registered Africa Express Line Ltd (AEL) has acquired 500 Star Cool integrated containers from Maersk...
Written on 05/10/2017, 19:36
qatar-cargo-adds-helsinki-as-finnish-pharma-industry-expandsDOHA: October 03, 2017. Qatar Airways Cargo has added Helsinki as its 74th pharma destination following the addition of Dublin in June this year. Chief...
Written on 05/10/2017, 16:53
volga-dnepr-returns-landshut-to-germanyFRIEDERICHSHAFEN, Germany. October 05, 2017. A former Lufthansa B737-200 aircraft, hijacked in 1977 by a faction of the Popular Front for the Liberation...

- powered by Quickchilli.com -