Bodily Injury News (Spring 2005)
This Spring 2005 edition of Bodily Injury News includes articles on Crew visa restrictions; Who is onboard, what is your legal duty to them; Maritime personal injury and death in Venezuela; US courts send Filipino seafarers actions to Philippines for arbitration.Individual copies of these articles can be found in the Knowledge & Developments section of this website.
As of 15 October 2008, US Customs & Border Protection will require that all laden containers entering the US by sea must have seals which meet the ISO/PAS 17712 standard. This ruling is in effect for all cargo bound for the US, whether as a destination or passing through the country. In addition, details of seal numbers must be included in the Vessel Automated Manifest System (AMS) sent to the CBP at least twenty-four hours before the ship's departure for the US.
Preventing cargo abandonment
Shipping lines increasingly have shipments of low value waste products (wastepaper and scrap plastic) shipped from the US and abandoned by the cargo receivers at the discharge port. The cargo can sit idle for several months while shippers and consignees negotiate, or shipping lines take it upon themselves to try to find a new buyer for the cargo.