IMO REQUIREMENT FOR CONTAINER WEIGHT VERIFICATION
The IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its 93rd session (May 2014) approved changes to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention regarding a mandatory container weight verification requirement on shippers. This is an effort WSC has been advocating for many years. Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargo and Containers (DSC) Sub-committee approved changes to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention that will require verification of container weights before loaded containersmay be placed aboard ships. The DSC report was approved by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) in May 2014 and adopted by MSC in November 2014. The requirement making container weight verification a condition for vessel loading will become legally binding on July 1, 2016.
The full text of the applicable SOLAS regulations can be found here and the Implementing Guidelines issued by MSC are available here.
The World Shipping Council and its member shipping companies have developed guidelines to explain what the implementation of the regulations will require of shippers, carriers and terminal operators as of July 1, 2016.
The World Shipping Council together with a broad industry coalition jointly released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document in December 2015 to address issues arising from the new container weighing regulations .
Below is a summary of the past developments at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to address the documented safety issues and other problems that misdeclared cargo weights cause. A more detailed outline of this activity is available in "History of IMO Action to Improve Container Safety" produced by the World Shipping Council.