The TT Club has a useful website (Access HERE) with information including a countdown clock to 1st July 2016.
October 2016 IMO reminds operators that three-month so-called “light touch” enforcement of the SOLAS revision that all packed containers must have a certified VGM (verified gross mass) before loading on board a ship is no longer in effect from October 1st, 2016.
June 2016 Maersk Line have created a short video to show the VGM process, which can be accessed HERE
May 2016 - The IMO has issued a Circular to all Member States and the transport industry in order to assist the implementation of the VGM amendment to SOLAS, which comes into effect on 1 July.
May 2016 - The UK MCA publishes FAQs on the verification of gross mass of packed containers by sea. Download the FAQs HERE
April 2016 - John Butler, World Shipping Council President and CEO testifies before the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee regarding implementation of the SOLAS amendments at hearing on Maritime Transportation Safety and Stewardship Programs (April 14, 2016). In conclusion, he said that "processes are available that will allow shippers to send – and carriers and terminals to receive – the information required to allow cargo to be loaded. Those processes include electronic transmission as well as web-based proprietary carrier systems and third-party portals. There is therefore no technical or process impediment to implementation of the regulation on July 1" Read the full testimony HERE
March 2016 - As a leading neutral, central party in the ocean industry, INTTRA is spearheading a major initiative to facilitate a smooth transition to a new phase in ocean shipping. Read more on INTTRA’s eVGM initiative HERE
Revised SOLAS regulation to require ‘verified gross mass’ of packed containers
In November 2014, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee adopted an amendment to SOLAS to require that shippers obtain the ‘verified gross mass’ (VGM) of packed containers and communicate it to the ocean carrier sufficiently in advance of the ship stow planning. Ocean carriers are obliged to use the VGM in the stow plan and, together with the terminal operator, ensure that any container that does not have a VGM is not loaded on a ship. In effect, this is already in a transitional phase; the revised regulation becomes mandatory on 1 July 2016.
World Shipping Council FAQs can be accessed HERE
ICHCA International produces a weekly news digest to bring members a round-up of all the latest news on the important issue of container weighing. Access the website HERE