The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has received a formal proposal co-sponsored by a broad array of industry organizations, labor, and governments to require loaded containers to be weighed to determine their actual weight. The IMO’s Subcommittee on Dangerous Goods, Solid Cargoes and Containers will consider the proposal at its next meeting in September.
(USA Today) A growing number of supersize freighters, which up to now have relied mostly on West Coast ports to deliver goods from Asia to the USA because they couldn't fit through the Panama Canal, will be able to make the trip to the East Coast economically when an expansion of the canal is completed in 2014. A growing number of supersize freighters, which up to now have relied mostly on West Coast
(BBC News) The skipper of a cargo ship has been fined £3,000 for failing to alter his course and prevent grounding the vessel on a small island off North Uist. Konstantin Golubev, 40, was further fined £300 for being drunk while it was docked in Stornoway, Lewis, three days after the incident. READ MORE
(Fox News) DUBAI, United Arab United – The U.S. Navy says it has rescued an Iranian merchant seaman and recovered the bodies of three others after their boat capsized during rough weather in the Gulf. READ MORE
(Washington Post) WASHINGTON — A U.S. Coast Guard cutter rescued six Iranian mariners from a vessel in distress in the Persian Gulf, the second such incident in a week of tension punctuated by the Islamic republic’s death sentence to a young Iranian-American man and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s sharp criticism Tuesday of Tehran’s uranium enrichment activity.