The ITF is calling on governments and industry bodies to back a proposed amendment that will tackle the dangers posed by unweighed or mis-declared shipping containers.
The amendment – to the existing Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) – will be tabled at a meeting of the IMO (International Maritime Organization) sub–committee on dangerous goods, solid cargoes and containers beginning today, Monday 16 September. The meeting will decide if the weighing of packed shipping containers will be made mandatory.
The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has been lobbying for nearly a decade for a compulsory international system of container weighing to be introduced in ports. Currently there is a reliance on self regulation by shippers.
The ITF proposal stipulates that there should be an international law requiring mandatory weighing of loaded containers, a process in place to address misdeclaration of container weights, and that ships’ masters should be able to refuse to load un- or misdeclared containers.Read more