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NY-NJ port terminals reopen after ILA wildcat strike
Container terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey resumed operations Friday night after International Longshoremen’s Association members staged a one-day wildcat strike that was clouded by confusion and blamed on a variety of issues.
The surprise walkout at 10 a.m. Friday disrupted the East Coast's busiest port, which was still trying to catch up after being idled for four days by Winter Storm Jonas and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday the previous week.
The New York Shipping Association moved quickly to secure an arbitrator's award declaring the work stoppage a violation of the NYSA-ILA contract's no-strike provision. The ILA then issued a statement urging union members to return to work.
"During this time, discussions took place between the ILA and NYSA with regard to outstanding issues concerning chassis, jurisdiction, hiring and technology," the NYSA said in a statement. "It was agreed to expeditiously seek solutions to these longstanding issues." ... See MoreSee Less
Labor Walk off at NY/NJ Ports
Please be advised that as of 10:53 this morning the Port Authority of NY & NJ released the following statement:
"There is an apparent labor walk off at all PONYNJ terminals. No truck operations at this time. All efforts to resume activity will be undertaken." Additionally, "Due to the current work stoppage in the port, no new trucks will be allowed to queue on port roadways. Do not send trucks the Port at this time." ... See MoreSee Less
At least one East Coast port closing early today for Winter Storms. ... See MoreSee Less
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The European Shippers' Council says shippers want to know how to practically work with guidelines put in place by new International Maritime Organization regulations regarding container weights, which go into effect next July. BY CHRIS DUPIN |MONDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2015
The European Shippers' Council says there is a need for harmonization of guidelines having to do with container weight regulations in order for businesses to comply with new requirements from the International Maritime Organization.
Effective July 1, 2016, a change to the IMO Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention requires that shipper provide a verified weight for a container before it is loaded on a ship.
"Although shippers throughout Europe are fully wared of the upcoming regulatory and practical demands following the mandatory weighing of containers, a lack of international harmonization poses a challenge for many businesses," ESC said in a statement.
"Just a handful of countries have published national regulations for the weighing of containers," the group added. "Businesses need these regulations in order to ship their products overseas following the right guidelines."
According to the World Shipping Council, a trade organization for the container shipping industry, "Under the SOLAS amendments, there are two permissible methods for weighing: Method 1, which requires weighing the container after it has been packed, or Method 2, which requires weighing all the cargo and contents of the container and adding those weights to the container’s tare weight as indicated on the door end of the container."
ESC said, "National regulations mainly define what certification will have to be put in place to use Method 2 (which will be the preferred method for numerous shippers around the globe). As shippers want to know how to practically work by these guidelines, the ESC urges these countries to do so as quickly as possible ... See MoreSee Less
On the coming SOLAS weight-verification requirements, the Journal of Commerce has put out a helpful info-graphic. You can see it here. ... See MoreSee Less