Where in the transport or supply chain should the export container be weighed and the actual weight ascertained ..??
What do the readers of this blog think about it..?? What is your consensus on where the box must be weighed..??
My personal view is that the shipper or their packing warehouse must weigh the box and issue a weight confirmation before the container is taken into the port.. That way, the shipper or their packing warehouse are confirming that they have weighed the box and they must be held liable in case of any misdeclaration..
This is especially important since the port equipment doesn t seem to be capable of producing accurate weights when it is weighed as mentioned in this post1 and this way there won t be any delays at the port for the weighing..
Although the shippers have rejected calls for mandatory weighing of containers2, I think in everyone s interest, this is the best option as such mis-declarations could lead to loss of human life, loss of assets (ships, containers), loss of business which will prove costly to the various economies..
The industry needs to urgently consider the implications of proposed new regulations on the declaration of container weight how and where this can be verified in the transport chain
When the MSC Napoli ran aground off the UK south coast in January 2007 (pictured), 137 out of the 600 containers it was carrying on deck were at least 10% heavier or lighter than had been declared on the ship s manifest.
In another high-profile accident, the capsizing of the Xpress Container Line vessel Deneb during unloading at Algeciras in June 2011, an even higher percentage of boxes 64 out of 150 were not laden as recorded. Richard Marks, director of the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), reminded delegates of these startling statistics in a thought-provoking seminar during last week s Multimodal 2013 exhibition. The tendency is to assume that the weight on the booking form is the actual weight this must account for a large proportion of misdeclarations. There s human error as well, Marks said.
The degree of variation , as he described it error ratios of 22% in the case of the Napoli and 42% for theDeneb were no surprise. The question for Marks was what the industry was going to do about it.
The issue is becoming more urgent, the seminar heard, because within three years shippers could be required by law to verify weight before containers are loaded on board ship.
Parties to the Safety of Life at Sea convention agreed an amendment in September 2012 stipulating that a container should either be weighed in its entirety, or its contents weighed separately and added to the tare weight of the box.
Marks said the International Maritime Organization (IMO) would consider the amendment in September this year and would probably adopt it in December 2014, leading to an entry into force in July 2016.
Where can we do this in the transport chain? he asked. The verified weight would need to be stated in the shipping document, although because this was prepared before the vessel was loaded may raise practical difficulties.
Marks said weighing containers at the gatehouse on entry to the port was difficult and expensive, and could impact especially on just-in-time deliveries.
Verifying weight on the lifting equipment itself was not guaranteed to be accurate, and self-geared ships often served terminals without dedicated equipment, he pointed out.
Giving the forwarder s perspective, Robert Windsor, manager of trade services at the British International Freight Association (BIFA), said everyone in the supply chain had obligations and responsibilities, but if one person got it wrong, there were likely consequences for all the rest. We must prevent bottlenecks in the supply chain, he stressed.
Forwarders loaded many sea freight containers, but operated differently according to whether they were acting as agent, consolidator, intermediary or loader, Windsor said. He believed most BIFA members would prefer aggregating weights of cargo rather than weighing laden boxes, and was pleased that this seemed to be acceptable to the IMO.
Echoing Marks s earlier comments, Windsor said that verification at the port would create a pinch-point. However, targeted spot checks would be necessary as inaccurate container weights were part of a much wider problem involving Customs and other authorities.
Chris Welsh, director of global and European policy at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), said: A small part of the market is not doing things correctly not through malice, but in ignorance of what s required.
An FTA survey had suggested it was not weight, but inappropriately stowed and secured boxes that caused most problems.
Consultant Bill Brassington, who advises the International Labour Organisation on workplace safety, commented that shipping lines must review their booking procedures to make sure that containers declared as heavy were correctly placed.
The person who places the cargo in the unit must be responsible for declaring mass of that cargo, he said.
The issue was not just one of accidents at sea, Brassington said. Stacks of containers could be unstable, or they could fall from spreaders. The safety of truck drivers, train operators and terminal operators was at stake, as well as that of seafarers.
- ^ this post (shippingandfreightresource.com)
- ^ shippers have rejected calls for mandatory weighing of containers (shippingandfreightresource.com)
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Intermodal Shipping: Building a Better Intermodal Ride1
Maersk Line and BNSF offer day-definite intermodal delivery from Los Angeles to five inland destinations
Maersk Vows to Defend Market Share Gains4
Maersk Line will not allow its renewed focus on profitability rather than cargo volume to eat into the significant gains in market share it achieved in 2011, the carrier said on Monday.
Cosco, China Shipping Consider More Vessel Sharing Pacts5
Cosco Container Lines and China Shipping Container Lines are looking to expand their vessel sharing agreements on China coastal and intra-Asia trade lanes to other routes, said Capt. Wei Jiafu, chairman of the Cosco Group.
Truck Volume Forecast to Grow 3.9 Percent in 20126
The trucking industry will outperform the U.S. economy this year, with truck freight growing 3.9 percent, greater than overall GDP, according to FTR Associates.
Asia-Pacific Airlines’ Freight Traffic7
Asia-Pacific based airline traffic in calendar 2011 declined 4.8 percent year-over-year as freight capacity inched ahead 0.1 percent. In contrast, January 2012 traffic plunged 13.7 percent and capacity declined 5.3 percent. The calendar 2011 cargo load factor was 66.6 percent, off 3.4 percentage points year-over-year, while January’s cargo load factor was 65.3 percent, off 5.7 percentage points year-over-year.
Chinese Manufacturing Expands on Export Order Rise9
Chinese manufacturing in February expanded at the fastest pace in five months, as export orders surged after a production lull caused by Lunar New Year celebrations.
Indonesia Poised for Major Logistics Growth 10
Indonesia will see rapid growth in logistics demand this year but needs huge investment in transport infrastructure to realize its true potential, according to one leading analyst.
Saudi Airlines Cargo to Fly to Saigon11
Saudi Airlines Cargo will launch a twice-weekly B747 freighter service to Saigon, Vietnam, on March 25, linking the Southeast Asian country to the Middle East and Frankfurt, Germany.
- ^ Intermodal Shipping: Building a Better Intermodal Ride (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Logistics: Helping Shippers See More Clearly (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Trucking: The Road to the Ocean (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Maersk Vows to Defend Market Share Gains (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Cosco, China Shipping Consider More Vessel Sharing Pacts (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Truck Volume Forecast to Grow 3.9 Percent in 2012 (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Asia-Pacific Airlines’ Freight Traffic (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ UASC Seeks Second GRI on Asia-Europe Trade (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Chinese Manufacturing Expands on Export Order Rise (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Indonesia Poised for Major Logistics Growth (cl.s4.exct.net)
- ^ Saudi Airlines Cargo to Fly to Saigon (cl.s4.exct.net)
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Rotterdam, Europe s largest freight port by cargo throughput and container volumes, has been advising its customers how to improve their profitability. Although the port has been helpful in granting discounts, the CEO says that shipping lines should also reduce freight capacity so that rates go up. He is also suggesting that they improve the logistics process to give them better margins.
Total investment of nearly USD 3- Billion in Krishnapatnam Port
All Weather Container Terminal with an initial planned annual capacity of 1.2
Mn TEUs extendable up to 6 Mn TEUs
Strategically located serving both the Eastern & Western parts of the world
Mumbai, (Ajay Rawal) : Krishnapatnam Port, one of the most advanced and largest ports in India, opened the gates of its world class container terminal for trade, connecting India with Eastern and Western parts of the world. Recognized as one of the world s finest ports, the Port will kick start the operations of its modern container terminal, which will result in bringing a paradigm shift in the Indian Container Terminal operations.
This state of the art, all weather Container Terminal will be operational round the clock, 365 days and is all set to boost its capacity to 6 million TEUs per annum within the next few years, handling the highest container volumes ever on the east coast. The container terminal is going to add numerous strengths like maximum efficiency, minimum dwell time and
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Mr. Anil Yendluri, CEO Krishnapatnam Port said, The launch of this world-class container terminal adds dynamism not just for Krishnapatnam Port but also to the Indian international trade. There is great enthusiasm among leading container lines to call at our ports due to the competitive tariff structure offered by Krishnapatnam Port.
We believe it will be a win-win situation for all stakeholders including shipping lines, agents, freight forwarders and export/import community due to the low dwelling and handling cost involved along with the world-class infrastructure already in place. Overall, Krishnapatnam Port will help accelerate the growth of this region as an industrial hub. , he added.
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International Shipping lines start calling the terminal The Bengal Tiger Line ( BTL) feeder service will serve Krishnapatnam on a fortnightly basis,
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The terminal has recently installed five super-post panamax cranes, with a 23-row span and each capable of lifting 65MT in twin mode. These cranes can handle the largest container vessels floating in the world today.
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Only hauler members of the Batangas trucking association can handle cargoes to and from Batangas, according to an official of Magsaysay-owned cargo carrier NMC Container Lines who did not want to be named.
Cargo owners and shipping lines, he said, are forced to enter into an agreement with the trucking group, a situation that has jacked up costs.
He said opening up the field could result in increased volume and ultimately better business for everyone, including truckers.
There have been attempts to talk to Batangas authorities about the issue but so far no action has been taken, the source said.
Despite this, NMC remains optimistic about its prospects for Batangas Port, two years after launching a dedicated service.
NMC maintains a weekly service to and from Batangas connected to Cebu and Cagayan de Oro using a 250 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) vessel. Volume is around 100-150 TEUs on that vessel. Most of the shipment is care of Nestle.
Right now, volume is not that appealing as (our vessel is) still half full, the NMC official said.
Other operators calling at the port are MCC Transport and Asian Marine Transport Corp. Each maintains a weekly service.
The Batangas port also handles imported completely built-up car units and project cargoes for power projects.
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