Sri Lanka govt to enact laws to enforce container weighing rule

ECONOMYNEXT –Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal by the ports and shipping ministry to draft laws to enforce a new rule requiring verification of the weight of containers loaded on ships, a government spokesman said.

Minister of Parliamentary Reforms & Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilake said local laws were required to enforce new container weighing regulations under the international Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.

All member states of the International Maritime Organization, which enforces the convention, have agreed to follow the new regulations to ensure safety of shipping, he told a news conference.

“A certificate that denotes the gross weight of all containers should be provided to improve the safety of container ships and maintain the stability and balance of the vessel when storing containers.”

The new rule is enforced by the Merchant Shipping Secretariat under the ministry of ports and shipping.

The Merchant Shipping Secretariat issues licences to container weight verifying organisations.

The new regulations were drafted after consultations with all industry stakeholders on the need to implement the container weight verification rule, the ports and shipping ministry said.

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Ports and Shipping, to draft the local legislation, publish in the gazette and present to parliament for approval.
(COLOMBO, July 07, 2016)

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