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Container Weight Verification Requirements as of 2016




Container Weight Verification Requirements to take effect in 2016


Container Weight Verification Requirements to take effect in 2016


Major changes regarding verification and reporting of loaded container weight are being implemented – and these changes will affect all shippers, freight forwarders and NVOCC’s.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require certified weight verification for all containerized cargo prior to loading on board a vessel. On July 1, the World Shipping Council (WSC) released a guideline for implementation of the new requirements regarding weight verification. The WSC consists of 26 members that represent approximately 90 percent of the global liner vessel capacity and they partner with governments and stakeholders and play an active role in the development of programs to improve maritime security and safety. Their complete summary of the requirement can be found below.

The new verification requirements go into effect July 1, 2016 and will require shippers of all containers to provide a certified weight certificate showing gross weight of the container and its contents. Verification must be provided to the ocean carrier (who will provide to the port terminal operator) sufficiently in advance of vessel loading so that the verification can be used in preparing vessel stowage plans. As the requirement now stands, NO containerized cargo will be loaded onto a vessel after July 1, 2016 unless the shipper has provided a signed weight certificate to the ocean. According to the guidelines, this requirement will apply to NVOCC’s and freight forwarders as well as cargo tendered by direct beneficial cargo owners. Even when the underlying shipper has provided weight verification, the forwarder/ NVOCC will be required to separately verify container weight and provide signed documentation to the ocean carrier whenever the forwarder/NVOCC is considered the shipper in relation to the ocean carrier.

Some of the main points of the guidelines are:

  • Obtaining and documenting the verified gross weight of a loaded container is the responsibility of the shipper
  • The ocean carriers will consider whoever tenders the cargo to them as the shipper
  • Verified weights will be used for ship stowage planning
  • If verified weights are not received by the ocean carrier in advance, containers cannot be loaded onto any ship that is subject to SOLAS regulations
  • Costs incurred due to shipper’s failure to comply will be for the account of the cargo

The SOLAS regulations allow for 2 methods to be used to obtain the gross container weight. The first would be to weigh the entire loaded container, using calibrated and certified equipment. Whether done by the shipper directly or at an outside service the shipper chooses, the scale equipment must meet applicable accuracy and calibration requirements of the State where the scale equipment is located.

A second method involves weighing all of the packages / items loading into the container, including pallets / dunnage / packing material and then adding the tare weight of the container. For cargo such as loose grain, scrap metal, or other bulk cargoes this method is considered inappropriate and impractical.

It is important to note that the “shipper” as named on the ocean bill of lading will be the party responsible for providing verified gross weight to the ocean carrier. The World Shipping Council’s current position is that NVOCC’s or master loaders on co-loaded cargo must themselves verify the container weight. This would mean that NVOCC’s will need to obtain authorization from their customer to separately verify or endorse the shipper’s weight certificate, or the NVOCC would have to independently obtain the necessary weight certificate.

Estimating the weight of any portion of the contents of the container will not be acceptable, and the party packing the container cannot use a weight provided by another party except under certain strict guidelines. Carriers and port operations who suspect that verified weights are erroneous will be able to take necessary action in the interests of safety with the current assumption that any charges incurred would be for the account of the cargo.

Overweight containers (exceeding the maximum permitted gross weight) will not be loaded. Weight verification can be provided as part of the shipping instructions provided to the ocean carrier, or in a separate declaration. The certification must be signed by a person so authorized by the shipper; electronic signatures will be allowed for EDI transmissions.

As the implantation date is a year away, there is a possibility that changes to some of the minor points could occur – but it seems clear that this regulation will go into effect next year. Shippers, NVOCC’s and forwarders should begin considering the implications and how this regulation will affect their shipments.

Summary of new weight verification requirements as provided by World Shipping Council that go into effect July 1, 2016.

CMA- CGM Service Update – Columbus Suez – REVISED











Service Update – Columbus Suez – REVISED

ASIA Points of Destination to USA Points of Origin



Dear Valued Customer,



Pursuant to the previous advisory (CA# 82-071715) issued on July 17th, we sent on the delay of one of the vessels, the CMA CGM Don Pascuale in our Columbus Suez rotation, we would like to provide you with an update.


The vessel continues on her voyage to the USEC and will arrive into the US on her previously advised dates. We will however change the order of port calls on the USEC to deal with operational issues and get the vessel back to Asia as quickly as possible. For this voyage only, we will call Savannah first, continue to Norfolk and
then complete the voyage in New York.


Revised schedule details are as follows:
Vessel Name: CMA CGM Don Pascuale
Voyage: 025USS
Schedule Info:





We again sincerely apologize for this delay and inconvenience. Thank you for your patience during these challenging times. Thank you for your continued support. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this change, please contact your local CMA CGM sales representative. For current schedule activity please visit our Web site at
Best regards,
CMA CGM (America) LLC




CMA- CGM GRI Asia to USA Sept. 1st, 2015













ASIA Points of Origin to US Points of Destination
Effective September 1, 2015


Dear Valued Customer,


Effective September 1, 2015, unless otherwise specified, a RATE RESTORATION INITIATIVE (RRI-04) will apply to all cargo tariff or service contract rates on cargo moving under the scope of this tariff as outlined.


From: All Asia (includes Far East) Ports of Load
TO: ALL U.S.A. Ports of Discharge and inland points via said ports
USD 540 per 20′ (all types)
USD 600 per 40′ (all types)
USD 675 per 40’HC (all types)
USD 675 per 40′ (reefer types)
USD 760 per 45′ (all types)
USD 960 per 53’* (all types)
*Ports of discharge: LGB/LAX


Thank you for your continued support. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this change, please contact your local CMA CGM sales representative. For current schedule activity please visit our Web site at
Best regards,
Vice President, Import Sales
CMA CGM (America) LLC




2M extend scope






The 2M group recieved the US Federal Beureaue for Maritime, to expand their services within the USA – Med. Trade Lines.

Analists predict that after the final Ok is given, the members of this group – Maersk Line and MSC will employ additional vessels serving USA and Russia, Saudi Arabia and Israel.

They said before this decission was taken, that there is no risk that establishing the 2M group will not cause any competition to the other lines serving these trades due to the fact they have a relatively small market share on the East Med and USA, i.e. a common share of 32%, which prevented them becoming a Monopol.




OOCL North America Operational Update







North America Operations Update

Week of July 27, 2015


Dear valued OOCL Customer,


Port of Oakland


To handle the current bottle-neck and anticipated increase in volume, the Port has announced plans to take on an additional 400 port workers through September.


The Port of Oakland has been issuing daily status updates. If any of our customers wish to be included as a recipient of these updates please submit an email to the Port of Oakland Marketing Department care of Yen Kelly with email address:


OOCL import customers with cargo on vessels affected at anchorage will continue to be advised of their shipment status on a shipment specific basis. The cargo availability of local import cargo after vessel berthing is still subject to man-power availability. OOCL export customers with changes in cargo cutoffs are being issued revised booking confirmations.



North America Rail Operations


Please note that the BNSF Railroad will be shortening their hours of free time and increasing their daily storage charge on August 17, 2015.  They will also be counting all the days of the week as part of the chargeable time calculations.  This means that Sundays will no longer be considered as a free day during the free time calculations.  For more details see Item 37 and Appendix F of the BNSF Intermodal Rules and Policies Guide (R&PG).


The BNSF operation continues to recover from several incidents that negatively impacted performance during the past week. While they quickly implemented extensive train re-routing to minimize service disruption, the July 16 crude train derailment near Culbertson, Montana on the BNSF’s busy Glasgow Subdivision caused some temporary velocity reduction and a substantial increase in trains holding in the North Region. Traffic flows have since normalized through the area and performance has improved over the past several days.


Heavy rainfall and storms impacted areas of the desert Southwest last week, however, favorable summer weather conditions are currently in place across most areas of the network and flooding issues have abated. As a result, the BNSF reports that their River Subdivision in Missouri has returned to service after a month-long outage. While some sidings along this subdivision have yet to re-open, they expect continued service improvement during the upcoming days and weeks through this portion of the Central Region.



Truck Power


Truck Power to perform import store door deliveries and export door pickups continues to be a major concern especially in the , Southern California, Oakland, and the SEA/TAC-Portland corridor.

  • There is a shortage of trucking companies willing to dray hazardous containers.
  • There are no truck power issues in Canada or Mexico.
  • Please see our Truck Power Map on for more information regarding advance timing required for door movements.


Vessel/Loop Deployment Changes


Terminal First Receiving Date

The Earliest Receiving Date (ERD) of Montreal Gateway Terminals has been reduced from seven to five calendar days effective July 15, 2015.


Information for export cargo container receiving windows as reported by North America terminals continues to be updated daily on

Summer Schedule Changes Below is an outline of summer schedule changes.  For full details of the Transpacific Summer schedule changes please click here and for the Transatlantic changes here:

New Announcements


The G6 Alliance will continue until the end of August to omit calls to the Port of Oakland on the sailings of its Pacific Atlantic 2 (PA2) service between Asia, Central America, and the United States East and West Coasts.  The affected sailings are:

  • MOL Express (v.082e), ETA Oakland on 29 July 2015
  • MOL Excellence (v.094e) ETA Oakland on 5 August 2015
  • APL Garnet (v.067e) ETA Oakland 12 August 2015
  • MOL Encore (v.082e) ETA Oakland 19 August 2015



The Asia Suez Express (AZX) service will be upgraded to include an additional Halifax call. This move will improve transit times from Canada to Asian and Mediterranean ports as well as from Asian and Mediterranean ports to New York.


New port rotation: Laem Chabang – Singapore – Colombo – Damietta – Cagliari – Halifax – New York – Savannah – Norfolk – Halifax (new) – Cagliari – Damietta – Jebel Ali – Singapore – Laem Chabang


Effective voyage: Budapest Express BUX 029E ETA Halifax 04 Aug 2015

Attached is our current vessel schedule for reference purposes.  For the most up to date scheduling information please do refer to our interactive point to point or vessel schedule on




Pacific Southwest


  • Congestion was still an issue at the marine terminals last week. YTI and Trapac, in particular, have had reports of longer lines.
  • Truck power is an on-going challenge due to an increase in off dock intermodal shipments.
  • Intermodal import rail inventory build up at LBCT and YTI.
  • Harry Bridges’ Birthday is on Tuesday 7/28/15.  GGS and Pier A will be closed first shift that day.  Please see the article here for more information.





  • OICT was extremely congested this past week.  Vessel operations are being delayed by labor shortages. Gate turn times averaged 62 minutes.  Chronic yard congestion compounded by severe chassis shortages.   Dual transactions were shut off early between 2-2:30 pm every day.
  • Oakland Trapac operations were congested and turn times averaged 40 minutes.
  • Both OICT and Oakland Trapac will be closed on July 28th to observe Harry Bridges Birthday.
  • Oakland is extremely short of chassis and is extremely short of truck power; new dispatches are not being accepted for 14 days out.  Truck power situation is primarily caused by slow import deliveries, early afternoon restrictions on dual transactions at OICT, and driver waiting time for a bare chassis to become available.



Tacoma & Seattle

  • WUT was moderately congested last week.  The terminal continues to post an announcement on their website which vessel(s) they will receive export cargo on the following day.  Gate turn times averaged 27 minutes.
  • Seattle T-18 was moderately congested. Gate turn times averaged 25 minutes.
  • WUT and T-18 will be closed on July 28th to observe Harry Bridges Birthday.
  • Regional congestion was moderate and continued for Portland container traffic to/from Seattle or Tacoma.





  • Deltaport and Centerm Terminals are fairly fluid.



CN Montreal


  • CAST Terminal is fluid.  CN Rail is working hard to control the dwell times.
  • Due to crane construction at Termont Terminal, OOCL services will not resume calling this port until the fall.


CN Halifax


  • Terminal dwell times are very fluid.

New York Terminals


  • Gate turn times:
  • GCT Bayonne – 87 minutes
  • GCT New York – 24 minutes
  • Maher – 48 minutes.
  • Door delivery truck power lead time remains 0-2 days in the NYC metro area.



Norfolk International Terminal


  • Gate turn time at NIT was 42 minutes.
  • Truck power lead time was 0-2 days in Norfolk.



USA Midwest & South Central

  • Truck power is now adequate throughout the Midwest. See the truck power map linked above.
  • Chassis shortages remain in Chicago, Columbus and Indianapolis.
  • HOU’s Barbour’s Cut Terminal reported moderate congestion with gate turn times averaging 41 minutes.



South Atlantic                         

  • Charleston ramps are reported to be fluid.



  • Services at marine terminals in both Veracruz and Altamira were normal last week.
  • Depot, trucking, and rail services were all normal.


Yours Sincerely,

OOCL North America







Maersk GRI Far East to Australia August 1st








Far East Asia to Australia

General Rate Increase (GRI)

Effective date: 1 August 2015
Scope: Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar (Burma) to Australia
General Rate Increase: USD 200/400/400 per 20’/40’/40’ high cube dry




OOCL G6 Alliance announces Asia – Europe service enhancement






July 28, 2015

G6 Alliance announces Asia – Europe Service Enhancement


<Hong Kong> – In response to market demand, members of the G6 Alliance today announced a service enhancement in the Asia – Europe trade.

The Loop 7 service will be upgraded to include port calls at Gothenburg and Antwerp, thereby providing improved connections between Asia and Scandinavia as well as better transit time from Antwerp to Asia.

New port rotation: Qingdao – Shanghai (Yangshan) – Hong Kong – Yantian – Singapore – Rotterdam – Hamburg – Gdansk – Gothenburg – Antwerp – Southampton – Singapore – Yantian – Qingdao

Effective voyage: Hyundai Drive HDV 005W29, ETA Qingdao 13 July 2015, ETA Gothenburg 27 August 2015, ETA Antwerp 30 August 2015

The G6 Alliance offers a variety of services between Asia and Europe, Asia and North America as well as on the Transatlantic covering all major port pairs with weekly sailings.

The G6 Alliance members are: APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Orient Overseas Container Line.






OOCL The SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirements







The SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirements



July 24, 2015

OOCL would like to notify our customers that The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS), requiring the shipper to verify and provide the container’s gross verified weight to the ocean carrier and port terminal representative prior to it being loaded onto a ship. A verified container weight is a condition for loading a packed container aboard a vessel for export. This requirement will become legally effective on July 1, 2016, after which it would be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a vessel if the vessel operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container weight.

For more details about the new requirement, please see the following information from The World Shipping Council:

OOCL will make the appropriate changes to the documentation process in order to comply with the requirement and secure cargo loading for our customers.  We will continue to update customers on any further developments on this issue.




Trial opening of new Suez Canal



Yesterday (Saturday) was an historical day in Egypt when 3 vessels crossed, what was announced the trial opening of the New Suez Canal.

The vessels that crossed the Canal are:”APL Southampton”,  under Singapore flag; “Maersk Sheerness”, under Luxemburg flag and the “Maysaan”, under Bahrain flag.

This un-official opening happened before the official opening which is expected on August 6th in the presence of Leaders form all over the world.


Israeli Cargo Airline new service Tel Aviv- Vienna



Israeli Cargo Airlines (CAL), which an Israeli Freighter service will inaugurate as of August 2nd a new service for import and export between TLV – VIE – TLV


This service will include 5 weekly flights (S<M<T<W<T) and is meant to serve efficiently the markets in Eastern Europe in general and mainly the area of Vienna.

It will be based on the TNT Express flights.


Vienna has become recently the Logistic Center for the East European market and this new service will be the efficient, reliable and valuable solution.