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Maersk introduces random container inspections

As part of the tightening of rules for shipping high-risk cargoes following the tragic fire on Maersk Honam, Maersk will inspect randomly selected containers in several US ports. The new initiative will be a pilot program at first, Maersk tells ShippingWatch.

Maersk Honam during the work to put out the fire on board. Photo: Den Indiske Kystvagt.

Maersk will start performing random inspections of customers' containers in several US ports, says the shipping line in an update to its customers.

In Newark, Houston, Miami and New Orleans, Maersk will – at its own expense – hire the organization National Cargo Bureau to inspect randomly selected containers to ensure that they are packed in a safe and responsible manner, and whether the content corresponds to what is registered on the bill of lading.

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