[QUOTE=Jamesbrown;180612]No, it’s the CG. Everyone is in agreement that correct weights should be provided. There is evidence that they aren’t, and IMO addressed that, now making that stick and fit an actual enforced effort is the issue. The CG’s pronouncements suggest they aren’t really going to do anything, which isn’t an option.
But this thread is going nowhere. In the end, the CG as the US flag administration has to provide something like the link below to give effect to the SOLAS provisions:
Pointing out that someone’s argument is bullshit is not the same as agreeing or disagreeing with the conclusion.
With regards to the CG’s view they seem to be saying they intend to enforce the VGM requirements but not get into the nuts and bolts of how it’s done.
It’s my view that the CG is not the right agency to regulate shipping but that’s not going to change before July 1, 2016.
- How will the USCG enforce the SOLAS VI-2 amendments?
As the flag state authority, the USCG ensures compliance with SOLAS Reg. VI-2 aboard U.S. flag ships via domestic regulations. These existing regulations address ship strength, stability and other issues that ensure safe operation. There is also operational guidance provided to the ship’s master, as required by the company’s safety management system. This will not change when the amendments come into effect. U.S. flag ships are and will remain in compliance.
[B]As a port state authority, the USCG will continue to ensure SOLAS compliance aboard foreign-flagged ships via port state control examinations. [/B]They will not change with the implementation of the July 1 amendments.
The USCG regularly conducts inspections of containers offered for both export and import. Our inspections are mainly focused mostly on the safe transportation of hazardous materials. They are conducted under statutory authority granted by Congress and in accordance with regulations promulgated in the Code of Federal Regulations. These regulations do not include the SOLAS requirements, and our container inspections under U.S. authority will not change as a result of the amendments.
- How can the USCG help domestic shippers and carriers to continue complying with SOLAS?
The USCG will continue working with shippers and carriers to ensure their long-standing compliance with SOLAS regulations. These FAQs intend to help all stakeholders better understand SOLAS and amendments to its regulations. [U][B][U]The USCG encourages business partners who export U.S. goods to modify existing business practices, if required, so that ships carrying U.S. exports can continue to comply with SOLAS requirements. We do not intend to issue policy guidance to industry on the implementation of the amendments, unless there is a demonstrated need to ensure SOLAS compliance. As explained, no policy guidance has been needed by U.S.-flagged ship operators.