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Opposition Leads to Shelving Measure on Accurate Weighing of Ocean Containers

Two countries providing flags of convenience to merchant vessels, Panama and Cyprus, threw up roadblocks to the safe carriage of containerized cargo recently. With more than 80 percent of world cargo being moved on container ships and those ships getting ever larger, any measure that can make these shipments safer must be considered. Sadly, these countries find that some proposed measures are inconvenient.

The International Maritime Organization's Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers wrapped up its meeting on 21 September 2012. Among the items on the agenda were measures to prevent the loss of containers at sea. Two proposals were submitted to the subcommittee requiring accurate container weights - one from a coalition of the World Shipping Council and numerous industry advocacy groups and countries, and the other from Germany.

Sadly, the amendment relating to the accurate weighing of containers has had to be shelved.

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The International Maritime Organization's Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers wrapped up its meeting on 21 September 2012. Among the items on the agenda were measures to prevent the loss of containers at sea. Two proposals were submitted to the subcommittee requiring accurate container weights - one from a coalition of the World Shipping Council and numerous industry advocacy groups and countries, and the other from Germany.

Sadly, the amendment relating to the accurate weighing of containers has had to be shelved.

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