to load a vessel,, special a container ship according to regulation, containers would hve to be opened and inspected before loading,,try that with 2000 of them for a big ship !!!
In other words it,s a cost matter,, and hoping that shippers load the container as per regs. Unfortunately a lot of them take short cuts and declare wrong or less weights. It is a big concern. I remember when I loaded a 2500 TEU ship in 2006 in R-dam,,the draft survey showed that the weight of the containers (cargo) was 800 mt off the decalred !!!
Option,,discharge and re-weight,,,,result: new capt comes if done so !!
These were the exact points that were raised at this meeting, lax safety procedures due to cost concerns. The main recommendations that came out of this conference were:
1. Each cargo unit be weighed before acceptance for transport.
2. A percentage of these cargo units be inspected before loading=15%
The underwriters made the case that the loss of one of these large vessels cost hundred of millions of dollars. The two recommendations would add very little to the cost of shipping a cargo unit.