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International Standards on Transport of Dangerous Goods

The Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation will conduct a public meeting in Washington, DC on January 16, 2002. The meeting is for the purpose of discussing the outcome of the 20th session of the United Nation’s Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. 66 Fed. Reg. 66753 Source: HK Law


DNV Finishes Risk Study for Dutch Inland Waterways

The Dutch have a long history of river transport with large rivers such as the Rijn, Maas and Schelde traversing the country. These waterways are used to carry a wide diversity of goods including dangerous substances within the Netherlands and to and from Germany and Belgium. Although accidents are rare, the consequences of ship collisions could be great and DNV has been involved ever since the first initiatives were taken to monitor risks


ABS Is Authorized By USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard has authorized ABS to act on its behalf to issue the Document of Compliance (DOC) for U.S.-flag vessels transporting dangerous goods under SOLAS 74. ABS will hold technical reviews and confirm compliance of these vessels to the statutory requirements. The relationship between the USCG and ABS is demonstrated by the Alternative Compliance Program (ACP) jointly developed with the USCG that allows ABS to perform work historically conducted by the regulatory body.


Incident Reports Involving Lighter Refills

The IMO issued a Circular from the Subcommittee on Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers (DSC) reporting that inspections of containers loaded with UN1057 – Lighters or Lighter Refills – have shown an increasing number of incidents of explosive gas concentrations caused by leaking lighter fuel. Care should be exercised when handling such containers and checks should be performed when leaks are suspected. DSC/Circ. 23 (HK Law)


GL Updates Inland Nav Rules

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To ensure the continuing safety and promote the efficiency of inland waterway transport, Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has released an update to the GL Rules for Inland Navigation Vessels (INV).   The update to the rules came into effect on 1 November 2011 and consists of rules for: classification and surveys; hull design and construction; machinery, systems and electricity; and additional requirements for notations.  


Safety Data Sheets for Chemical Tankers

Intertanko, the International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA), the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI), the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC) have completed a comprehensive information paper on the requirements for Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for Chemical Tankers.   This information paper brings together the regulatory requirements and guidance governing the provision of SDS and outlines the key information that should be


IMO Will Focus on Security Issues at the MSC

IMO Will Focus on Security Issues Security issues to fore at IMO safety meeting Maritime security issues are high on the agenda of IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which meets for its 75th session from May 15 to 24 , as Member States prepare for a Diplomatic Conference on Maritime Security scheduled for December 2002, at which any new or amended legislation could be adopted. Other major issues to be tackled include the adoption of proposed amendments to the International Convention for


July 1: One More Day

SOLAS amendments and ISPS Code enter into force on 1 July 2004 Far-reaching international maritime security measures developed and adopted by IMO enter into force on 1 July 2004. The security measures, which include the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), are in the form of amendments to the 1974 Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention and are aimed at enhancing maritime security on board ships and at ship/port interface areas


Crowley Warehousing, Distribution in Gulfport

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Crowley announced that it will begin offering warehousing and distribution services through its Gulf Coast gateway in Gulfport, Miss., on May 1.  The 40,000 square-foot warehouse, located next to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport at 4300 Air Cargo Road and just seven miles from the port, features approximately 20,000 square feet of dry storage and 20,000 square feet of refrigerated and frozen storage. "This strategically located distribution center is well suited to serve


Logistics & Forwarding at IBC Global Academy

Understanding the mechanics of the logistics chain has never been more critical than at a time when pressure on cost and efficiency is at a premium. Managing freight transport on a global basis, even in a downturn, combines specialist knowledge with an understanding of a broad range of disciplines. The IBC Global Academy is offering two courses on these critical functions, both delivered entirely by distance learning.


Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Guidebooks Published

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The UK P&I Club says that with the support of several Members, it has launched "Book it right and pack it tight" - a set of four guidebooks on the workings of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code. The books are designed to provide busy operational people


Ship Loses Containers in Rough Seas

Photo: Maersk

Accroding to a statement issued on behalf of the A.P.Moller-Maersk Group, container vessel Svendborg Maersk lost a significant number of containers overboard during very rough weather in the Bay of Biscay. On Friday, February 14, the container vessel Svendborg Maersk encountered very rough


Dangerous Goods Shipments Banned in Alexandria

CMA CGM issued a statement to inform customers about new instructions received from the port of Alexandria, Egypt regarding dangerous goods shipments. With immediate effect, LCL/consolidation shipments containing dangerous goods to Alexandria are not accepted anymore, CMA CGM said.


New CEO Showcases Marseilles Fos Initiatives

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Christine Cabau Woehrel has taken up her new role as CEO of the Marseilles Fos port authority after two years heading the Port of Dunkirk. She succeeds Jean-Claude Terrier following a French transport ministry nomination that was backed by the port’s supervisory board in February and has now


IMO PaperSmart Meeting Restructures Sub-Committees

The IMO Council, meeting for its 109th session in London has endorsed, in principle, a restructuring of IMO's Sub-Committees. The Council meeting was the first “PaperSmart” meeting for the Organization, and was considered a success by delegates


Container Tracking: Market Leader States Strategy

Gatekeeper USA, Inc. explains its marketplace and its innovation in container tracking and security. Containers account for 95% of U.S. import-export shipboard cargo. It is estimated there are 200 million shipboard trips annually among seaports around the world


Heavyweights ITF Back Action on Container Weighing

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 the present meeting of


Mandatory Verification of Container Weights Increases Safety

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

At last week’s meeting in the IMO, it was decided that the weight of containers are to be verified before it is possible to carry them by sea. This will prevent ship accidents and prevent the loss of containers into the sea. The IMO Sub-Committee on Dangerous Goods


StowMan Targets Efficiency, Safety

Efficiency and safety were the key topics at the third MACS3 User Conference. Taking part were 35 representatives of 25 companies, from nine different countries. Of particular interest to them was a highlight: the official premiere of the new StowMan software


World's Biggest Coal Port Lease for Sale

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Australia's NSW government will go ahead with the long-term lease of the Port of Newcastle, the world’s biggest coal export location by annual capacity for a reported figure of around $700m, reports the Australian Journal of Mining.


European Ports of Refuge: EMSA Hold Exercise

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Almost all member states were represented for this EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency) maritime safety exercise, directed by Hugh Shaw, the UK SoSRep, which was hosted by the Port of Rotterdam, with a planning group drawn from Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Ireland


SOLAS, MARPOL Amendments in Effect

A number of amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)  and the 1988 Load Lines Protocol  entered into force or took effect from January 1, 2014. 


IMO SOLAS Briefing

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SOLAS, MARPOL amendments entered into force on 1 January 2014. IMO reminds all of immediate implications to shippers, mariners and vessels.   ​Amendments to SOLAS, MARPOL and the Load Lines protocol entered into force on 1 January 2014: A number of amendments to the International Convention


St Lawrence Seaway: Proposed Regulations Amendment

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Under agreement with the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation is proposing to amend the joint Practices and Procedures (known as "regulations" within the SLSDC). Some of the amendments


New CMA CGM eBusiness Platform

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The new CMA CGM eBusiness platform offers numerous innovative solutions and allows each user to have powerful tools adapted to his needs. Among the innovations, the customers of the group will have access to: Booking: the customer can submit bookings by choosing his quotation reference


 
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