JOC.COM: Florida’s Port Everglades says scales are available at several locations on its waterfront to help shippers handle the new international container weight requirements that go into effect in less than two months, but not at every terminal, and pricing will vary.

Effective July 1, all containers must be accompanied by a certified verified gross mass, or VGM, declaration prior to stowage or they will be barred from loading under the new International Maritime Organization SOLAS regulation. The looming summer deadline has left many shippers wondering where and how they will be able to obtain certified VGMs.

MARINELINK.COM: Representatives from all aspects of the maritime shipping industry met in Cocoa Beach, Fla., May 16-18 for the Caribbean Shipping Associations’ (CSA) Shipping Executives Conference.

Attendees include shippers, ship owners, port authorities and terminal operators, and non-vessel owners, such as brokers.

A major theme of the conference was the close relationship between Florida ports and the Caribbean markets.

“Florida ports have had a long relationship of trade with the Caribbean nations, and are proud to count them as some of our most valuable partners,” said Doug Wheeler, president and CEO of the Florida Ports Council.

JOC.COM Report: Latin America and Caribbean terminal operators will face different national rules regarding the SOLAS container weight verification rule, adding another layer of difficulty to an already tricky process, according to speakers at the Caribbean Shipping Association Executives’ Conference near Port Canaveral, Florida.

shipping containers 38The International Maritime Organization’s rule that all containers be accompanied with a verified gross mass before they are loaded onto a ship takes effect July 1 and unease is growing that the rule will impact container line operations and cause delays worldwide.

The Caribbean and Latin America will offer a unique perspective on how implementing the VGM measure will work because the relatively small region is loaded with bureaucracy-heavy governments — including several small, economically challenged, import-dependent nations with only one port — and regional shipping businesses that cross more than one border.

CSEC 2016 Opening Ceremony2The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) in collaboration with the Canaveral Port Authority formally opened the 15th Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference on Monday May 16 at the Hilton Hotel Cocoa Beach, Florida.

This annual event, which is one of two annual conferences of the CSA, focuses on global trends, technological innovation and industry policy issues that directly impact maritime and logistics businesses in the Caribbean and Latin America. 

The cargo shipping industry is tackling trade with Cuba, climate change and environmental issues starting Sunday in Cocoa Beach.

The event for the Caribbean Shipping Association features experts on global goals for limiting greenhouse gases, disaster response and insurance issues throughout the two-day schedule.

Monday’s Cuba talk on integrating Cuba into Caribbean trade features two speakers from Havana: Ricardo Torres, economist from University of Havana, and Charles Baker, director general of the shipping container terminal at Port of Mariel in Cuba.

On Tuesday at 2 p.m., two speakers will address how to handle disasters and climate change: Rick Murrell, chairman and president of shipping giant Tropical Shipping; and Charles Serrano, director of Cuba Trade for the Antilles Strategy Group.
Port Canaveral is hosting the conference, which will be held nearby at the Hilton Oceanfront Cocoa Beach.

The conference will be addressing concerns over a recent maritime study on greenhouse gas emissions, conducted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which estimated that for the period 2007 – 2012, shipping accounted for, on average, 2.7% of annual global carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. That amount is also growing, according to the study.

“Players in the maritime sector have been called upon to do more – as individual ships will have to take steps to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030,” according a news release from the CSA.

Other guests include Ruben Ramos Arrieta, counselor for the economic and trade office at the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C., and Angus Friday, ambassador of Grenada to the United States (invited).

Full conference admission is $750, while a one-day pass is $250, for non-members. 


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