More than 100 neopanamax ships have already made reservations to transit the waterway's new larger locks following the historic inauguration and first voyage, according to the Panama Canal Administration.
The European Union competition watchdog said a trustee will monitor both companies to ensure there is no information sharing between the Ocean3 and G6 ocean carrier alliances, of which CMA CGM and Neptune Orient Lines subsidiary APL are currently members.
Scales currently used to comply with federal and state laws are acceptable for complying with the new International Maritime Organization container weight regulations due to go into effect July 1, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
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The OCEMA working group published recommendations for how and when shippers should submit SOLAS container weight verification data ahead of the July 1 implementation deadline.
Some issues surrounding the pending International Maritime Organization container weight verification rule have become clearer, but so much remains opaque with 100 days and counting until enforcement begins officially.
Federal Maritime Commissioner William P. Doyle praised the statement from ocean carrier group OCEMA, but noted officials "still need to address an important liability issue for the shippers" in order to implement new verified gross mass requirements.