• Home
  • News
  • India to issue guidelines on SOLAS container weight verification next week
  • 2016 May 6 13:14

    India to issue guidelines on SOLAS container weight verification next week

    Directorate General of Shipping will issue guidelines for the Safety of Life at Sea Convention  (SOLAS)  convention on container weight verification next week, said Deepak Shetty, Director General of Shipping, Friday.
    “By July 1, 2016, we have to put the regulation in place and the file has come to our table and the circular will be issued by Monday or Tuesday. We will be one of the first few countries on a task as daunting as this,” Shetty said delivering his key note address at a conference on `Ease of doing business’ organised by Mumbai and Nhava Sheva Ship Agents Association.
    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended SOLAS that seeks verification of container weight and holds the shipper responsible for it effective July 1, 2016. After this date, it would be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a vessel if the vessel operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container weight.
    Speaking on the Solas convention on overweight container, Captain Vivek Anand, President of Mumbai and Nhava Sheva Ship Agents Association, said, “Overweight containers have dubious distinction of playing a role in the breakup and subsequent beaching of vessels due to mis-declaration by exporters. `Back to town’ procedures for containers which are found to be mis-declared or outside the weight tolerance should be simplified. Whilst there are no penalties involved, if the container is not loaded on the vessel, it will be an additional cost to the shipper and therefore strict compliance should be effective from day 1.”
    Later speaking on the subject of Ease of doing business, Shetty pointed out the number of laws that have been repealed over the past two years and the proposed Merchant Shipping Bill is expected to simplify it further.
    “The draft Merchant Shipping bills is expected to rationalise from 25 parts to 16 parts and the number of sections being reduced from 581 to 217 as part of a conscious and calibrated move. The new bill is expected to be passed by March 2017,” Shetty said.
    Setting the tone for the conference, Captain Anand said, “India has moved from 134 ranked to 130th over the past one year, but we may not be able to reach to our coveted target among the top 50 countries if we do not address the Nitti-gritty issue. However, by implementing the Port or (cargo) community system which has been initially been raised 15 years ago by the Indian maritime fraternity will surely go a long way to ease the way we do business.”
    Indian ports being 3-5 times more expensive in terms of tariff compared to ports in developed countries, implementation of Port Community System will bring in 60% more efficiency and reduce logistics and transaction cost by 20=30% and eradicate corruption by 100%, Captain Anand added.
    About MANSA: Established in 1977, Mumbai and Nhava-Sheva Ship-Agents Association - (MANSA) gives a powerful voice to the grievance of ship agents and address their issues and enhance working and business relationships with the port authorities and port administration. Though the name indicates Mumbai and Nhava Sheva, the members of MANSA account for 85% of the cargo handled at all ports across the country.

2022 January 27

18:35 ABP launches the first of its new tranche of port-manufacturing sites at Port of Hull
18:05 Indian Register of Shipping classes first 100 pax hybrid catamaran (battery powered) ferry
17:52 Onezhsky Shipyard launches lead crab catching ship built for Russian Crab Group
17:35 Kawasaki Heavy Industries announces delivery of LPG-fueled LPG carrier CRYSTAL TRINITY
17:05 NAPA and MOL roll out digital Navigational Risk Monitoring Solution on over MOL’s 700+ ships
16:45 Port of Antwerp, North Sea Port Flanders and Port of Zeebrugge launch the stimulus programme ‘Accelerating modal shift’
16:36 Construction of digital shipyard commenced at Onezhsky Shipbuilding, Ship Repair Yard
16:17 Suez Canal Economic Zone signs local and foreign contracts for Sokhna port new berths works
15:35 Construction of support fleet base in Ust-Luga approved by Glavgosexpertiza
15:32 ABS grants AIP to a coordinated design for a wind turbine installation vessel
15:14 Tarragona Port Authority has awarded Global Ports Holding a 12-year concession to manage the services for cruise passengers
15:00 Marine Rescue Service removed all oil products from Chinese ship Xing Yuan
14:53 Cooperation Agreement signed between ThPA S.A. and Suez Canal Economic Zone
14:42 DP World joins forces with Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
14:32 A.P. Moller - Maersk shares millions of weather observations to aid climate science
14:22 IMB releases 2021 Piracy and Armed Robbery Report
14:04 FESCO launches regular container train from Vladivostok to Ulyanovsk
13:40 Swissterminal starts a new rail link between the port of Antwerp and Ottmarsheim
13:28 FESCO confirms compliance with standards for operation of vessels in US waters
13:03 Georgia Ports Authority tops 5.5M TEUs, 650K units in 2021
12:49 NYK delivers methanol-fueled chemical tanker
12:02 Throughput of Yeisk port in 2021 remained flat, year-on-year
11:30 Tallink Grupp’s vessel Baltic Queen heads to Naantali, Finland for regular dry-docking
10:56 Throughput of Temryuk port in 2021 rose by 10.3% YoY
10:37 MABUX: Bunker Weekly Outlook, Week 04, 2022
10:33 Haldor Topsoe becomes member of Hydrogen Council to promote green hydrogen solutions
09:48 Registration is underway for 5th Hydraulic Engineering and Dredging Congress
09:29 Baltic Dry Index as of January 26
09:12 Crude oil prices decrease on reduction of supply disruption risks
08:57 MABUX: Global bunker market to continue firm upward evolution on Jan 27

2022 January 26

18:06 Safe Bulkers announces agreement for the acquisition of one Capesize class dry-bulk Japanese vessel
17:54 Olga Naumova takes helm of Russian Fishery Company
17:41 Shearwater GeoServices awarded Western Australia multicomponent surveys by Santos
17:26 Heerema wins decommissioning contract for multiple Petrogas platforms
16:27 USCG to break ice along Penobscot, Connecticut, and Hudson Rivers
16:03 Deltamarin signs an engineering contract for Höegh Autoliners Aurora Class PCTCs
15:58 Avenir sells the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel
15:55 Rosmorport supports "Soul of the Caspian" expedition aimed at studying and conserving Caspian seal
15:33 Maersk Supply Service launches new venture company to deliver offshore vessel charging
14:40 Throughput of OTEKO Group terminals in Taman surged by 82%, year-on-year
14:13 Fincantieri’s U.S. shipyards join Green Marine
13:48 Yakutia LNG project may need new port facilities in Sea of Okhotsk
13:27 Konecranes provides 17 Automated Rubber-Tired Gantry Cranes in fully integrated solution for Port of Felixstowe
12:37 Freeport of Ventspils handled over 11.1 million tons of cargo in 2021
12:01 DNV selected to lead “pioneering" ammonia bunkering safety study in Singapore
11:32 Superyacht Phi delivered to ABS class
11:23 Smart Ports Russia 2022 to bring together ports and terminals in Moscow
10:58 KN transhipped the first bulk bitumen to a tanker
10:58 Port Houston annual TEUs set record with 15 percent growth
10:37 CIMAC World Congress is postponed to June 2023
10:01 Klaipeda Port handled 45.6 million tonnes of cargo in 2021
09:53 KCC signs pilot agreement for Yara Marine’s ‘FuelOpt’ energy efficiency system
09:39 Baltic Dry Index as of January 25
09:18 Crude oil prices start decreasing
08:33 MABUX: Global bunker market compensates losses from the day before

2022 January 25

18:10 Ports of Los Angeles & Long Beach postpone Container Excess Dwell Fee
17:55 Joint Russian-Chinese naval exercise Peaceful Sea-2022 took place in the Arabian Sea
17:36 Broad scope of Wärtsilä power solutions selected for gas-fuelled ferry trio
17:26 ICTSI's Cavite Gateway Terminal beefs up operations
17:04 BLRT Grupp is constructing a unique floating exhibition centre for Norway