The Safety of Life at Sea convention (SOLAS) is a treaty of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Recent changes to the treaty have required that shippers document the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of containers using specific methods. Though not law yet the amendment is set to become international law July 1st 2016. Shippers risk missing their booked vessel if the VGM documentation is ignored.
Green Marine, a voluntary environmental certification program for the North American marine industry, attempts to work with participants and adopt best practices and technologies to help with environmental sustainability. The Halifax Port Authority received a perfect grade of all 5's (indicating excellence and leadership). We congratulate The Halifax Port authority as well as Green Marine for their commitment to environmental sustainability.
Attention all shippers! The Safety of Life at Sea convention (SOLAS) is a treaty of the International Maritime Organization. Recent changes to the treaty have required that the weight of containers must be verified and documented in specific methods. Though not law yet the international treaty is set to be in effect July 1st 2016.
The low price of oil has made it possible for cargo ships to avoid costly tariffs of the Suez and Panama canals and take the long way around Africa instead. SeaIntel, maritime trade analysts, have found that going around South Africa would save on average 235,000$ per voyage!