Maritime NZ: IMO Softens Transition to New SOLAS Rules

Image Courtesy: Northwest Seaport Alliance

In light of the upcoming SOLAS container weight verification requirement and concerns over the transition to the new rules, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to a practical and pragmatic approach for the three months after July 1, according to maritime safety authority Maritime New Zealand.

The main concerns were related to managing containers loaded before July 1 which would reach their final port on or after that date, as well as any possible teething problems with necessary software updates, data sharing, and communication systems.

The three-month period would permit packed containers that are loaded on a ship before July 1 to be shipped to their final port without the verified gross mass, and flexibility to refine, if necessary, procedures for documenting, communicating and sharing verified gross mass information, without stopping shipments.

The authority said that the flexibility in introducing new regulations for verifying container weights would benefit the country’s exporters, as about 97 percent of New Zealand’s trade is conducted by ship.

“Disruption to that trade during the transition to the new regulations could cause unnecessary and potentially costly delays,” Maritime NZ Acting Director, Lindsay Sturt, said.

Under the IMO’s new regulations the shipper exporting a container must provide its verified gross mass by methods set out in the regulations, and if it does not, then the container would not be loaded.

Currently, container weights are declared but some incidents in the past have shown inaccurate declarations and grossly understated container weights, Maritime NZ said.

“The new weight verification rules are an important safety measure to help protect seafarers, cargoes and ships,” Sturt said.

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Feb 2018 >>
MTWTFSS
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 1 2 3 4

Shipping 360

This course is ideal for those who have recently joined the maritime sector and those who need to have a better understanding…

read more >

APM – ASIA PACIFIC MARITIME 2018

27 years in the making, APM is the premier shipbuilding & marine, workboat and offshore exhibition in Asia trusted by generations of industry professionals.

read more >

Shippax Ferry Conference 2018

The two-day onboard ferry conference was first organized in 2003 and grows ever more popular with some 400 delegates from over 40 ferry…

read more >

8th Dredging & Land Reclamation World Summit 2018

The 8th Dredging and Land Reclamation Summit 2018 will gather the decision makers from Authorities and Operators responsible for ports…

read more >