Liner operators will enforce looming International Maritime Organisation (IMO) rules on container weighing even after recent US Coast Guard pronouncements on the rules sowed confusion in the sector, lawyers at Holland & Knight said today.

This week, the World Shipping Council (WSC) demanded clarification after the US Coast Guard indicated that the new Safety of Life At Sea (SOLAS) convention rules apply to ships but that the agency has no authority to enforce it against shippers or terminals.