[B]If the US is unable to handle the IMO requirements they should withdraw from IMO, if not from world trade.[/B][/QUOTE]
Jeeze slow your roll. Just a little research would show you that the answer to the question posed by the title of this thread is in the negative. That is they will conform. They have no choice. What they wont do is make any new regulations beyond what is already on the books and they wont become container weighing police.
After a FMC public meeting with shipper groups the following was stated:
The USCG Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, heard all the issues and questions. At the conclusion of the FMC meeting, he stated the following USCG positions and observations:
Delayed implementation is not an option. SOLAS is an international convention ratified by the U.S. and most major flag states that applies to vessels, not ports or shippers. Most vessels loading in the U.S. are foreign-flag ships from IMO signatory countries. Those countries will implement the VGM requirement as to their vessels, and the U.S. has no say in that.
USCG will not impose fines under SOLAS with respect to inaccurate weight certificates because USCG does not believe it has any enforcement authority to do so.
USCG does not plan to adopt or publish any allowable error variance.
Regarding enforcement, USCG observes that a container without a compliant VGM certificate will be subject to a hold order and can’t be loaded, but there will be no fines. Once the container is weighed or the shipper provides a certificate, the container can be loaded.
The ultimate message from USCG is that the shipping industry must find business solutions. USCG is not convinced it needs to or has any jurisdiction to take any steps, but will continue to listen and facilitate such solutions if possible.
The carriers don’t seem to anticipate any major problems getting VGM certificates from shippers. This requirement falls on the carriers operating under the broad SOLAS umbrella of rules and regs. If shippers don’t want to certify the weight and sign it sounds like the USCG expects the carriers to not load it until it is weighed at the terminal. Presumably these people (shippers, carriers, terminals) have thought through some of this already since the implementation date was not a surprise.
If you think there won’t be growing pains with this in all the rest of the world too your kidding yourself.
You all may be jumping the gun here.