TT Talk Edition 102 - 15/10/2007
TT Talk 102 (155 KB)
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TT Club has previously reported on incident experience whereby containers have dropped from lifting equipment during handling operations. Recurrence appears, as previously, to have nothing to do with the intrinsic quality of the corner castings. The reliability of the lifting process is critical.
VGM Period of Grace Ends on 1st October
The three-month settling-in period suggested by the IMO to its Member States in which competent authorities were urged to adopt a 'practical and pragmatic' approach to the enforcement of the SOLAS revision stipulating all packed containers have a verified gross mass (VGM) before being stowed aboard a ship comes to an end on 1st October.
Engaging with governments globally, TT Club and ICHCA have drawn attention to the state of packing in the intermodal supply chain and the need for greater rigour by all stakeholders to improve safety.