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2016 : Shippers' guide to the container weight mandate

Effective July 1, 2016, all containers must be accompanied by a shipping document signed either electronically or in hard copy by the shipper on the bill of lading listing the verified gross mass of a container in order to be loaded onto a ship. 

The mandate from the International Maritime Organization under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention comes after mistakenly declared weights contributed to maritime incidents, such as the breakup and subsequent beaching of the MSC Napoli on the southern U.K. coast in 2007, and the partial capsizing a feeder ship in the Spanish port of Algeciras in June.

The weighing must be done in one of two approved ways, on scales calibrated and certified to the national standards of the country where the weighing was performed. 

Many of finer points of the new regulation have not yet been finalized, such as enforcement, and what happens to a container that arrives at a port without the necessary documentation or if the VGM (verified gross mass) declar…

Lettuce is ‘three times worse than bacon' for emissions and vegetarian diets could be bad for environment

Common vegetables ‘require more resources per calorie’ than many people realise, according to a team of scientists at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University

Adam Withnall


3 hours ago

Processed meats like bacon have had a bad press recently PA

Eating a healthier diet rich in fruit and vegetables could actually be more harmful to the environment than consuming some meat, a US study has claimed.

Lettuce is “over three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon”, according to researchers from the Carnegie Mellon University who analysed the impact per calorie of different foods in terms of energy cost, water use and emissions.

Published in the Environment Systems and Decisions journal, the study goes against the grain of recent calls for humans to quit eating meat to curb climate change.

Researchers did not argue against the idea people should be eating less meat, or the fact that livestock contributes to an enormous proportion of global emissions – up to 51 percen…

CURSE ??? : The Currency of a Sun-Obsessed People Gets Fitting Name Change

John Quigley
December 14, 2015 — 4:00 PM PST

Updated on December 15, 2015 — 3:27 AM PST

Peruvians carry a man dressed as the Sun God during The Inti Raymi festival in Cuzco, Peru.
Photographer: Brent Stirton/Getty Images

Peru's new sun will become the sun after years of stability

Billions in hard cash in the economy will have to be replaced

The Peruvians have a thing for the sun.

Their first currency, created back in the mid-1800s, was the sol (Spanish, of course, for sun), which was followed by the sol de oro (the sun of gold) and then in 1985 by the inti (an indigenous word for, you guessed it, the sun). 

When hyperinflation wiped out the value of the inti a few years later, it was time for another sun. 

The nuevo sol, it was called, as if to say "don’t confuse this new sun with all those old suns."

Peruvian ten nuevo sol note
Photographer: Cris Bouroncle/AFP via Getty Images

Twenty-four years later, though, this sun isn’t really new anymore, either. So in what is this time a sym…