The Icelandic government, two Icelandic municipal authorities and the EFLA engineering company signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the creation of a new port in the northeast corner of Iceland.
SSA Marine's Oakland International Container Terminal will make appointments mandatory for the majority of containerized import pick-ups in order to shorten lines at terminal gates and speed up cargo delivery to customers.
The company plans to accept the weights that clients provide as certified, but if clients are not able to provide the certified weight, it will weigh the cargo on their behalf.
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Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. asked Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero for the agency staff to brief the committee staff on this issue by no later than May 31, 2016.
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.
Terminal operator Ports America says it will accept containers without the required container weight data and, if necessary, allow boxes to be weighed afterwards for compliance with the International Maritime Organization's new verified gross mass rule.