SOLAS Container Weight Verification Update

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has released a revised Draft Marine Order for public comment and has invited Submissions.


Background: The current Marine Order 42 deals with carriage, stowage and securing of cargoes and includes requirements for loading of freight containers and blending of bulk liquid cargoes. The Order gives effect to various regulations under Chapter VI of the International Convention on Safety of Life of at Sea (SOLAS).

In November 2014, the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted amendments to SOLAS chapter VI, which come into force internationally on 1 July 2016. The amendments provide new regulations for the verification of the gross mass of a packed container.  

Marine Order 42 is amended to:

  • give effect to the new SOLAS regulations for verification of gross mass of containers
  • move existing requirements on weighing gross mass of containers from Marine Order 44 to this Order
  • move existing requirements of SOLAS Chapter VI Regulation 5-1 for material safety data sheets (MSDS) from Marine Order 21 to this Order
  • include SOLAS Chapter VI Regulation 4 on the use of pesticides on ships and for fumigation of cargo transport units
  • rename the Order to make it more appropriate to the subject and contents.

Having released the Draft new Marine Order, AMSA have invited comment through a formal written Submissions process. To make a submission you need to be registered as a user. See instructions at the AMSA Submissions webpage: https://apps.amsa.gov.au/moreview


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