WSC welcomes IMO’s mandate to report containers lost at sea

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The World Shipping Council (WSC) welcomed recent amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) by the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 108), mandating reporting of all containers lost at sea from January 1, 2026. These amendments, particularly altering SOLAS Chapter V Regulations 31 and 32, signify a significant stride in maritime safety and environmental protection. They necessitate prompt and detailed reporting of lost and drifting containers, aiming to enhance navigational safety, expedite response actions, and mitigate environmental risks. Key provisions include requirements for masters of ships involved in container losses to report to nearby vessels, coastal states, and flag states, with mandatory details to be transmitted to the IMO via a new module in the Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS). Reports must detail the position, number, and contents of lost containers, with similar requirements for drifting containers observed. Voluntary additional information can also be provided.

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