IMPORTANT NOTICE / VERIFIED GROSS MASS
On 1 July 2016, new requirements to verify the gross mass of a packed container enter into force under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). Shipper is responsible for obtaining and documenting the verified gross mass of a packed container. The Rules prescribe two methods by which shipper may obtain the verified gross mass, also known as VGM, of a packed container:
- Method 1, upon the completion of packing and sealing a container, the shipper may weigh, or have arranged that a third party weigh, the packed container
on certified weighing bridge.
- Method 2, the shipper or, by arrangement of the shipper, a third party may weigh all packages and cargo items, including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other packing and securing material to be packed in the container, and add the mass of the container to the sum of the single masses of the container's contents.
New regulation require vessel operator and marine terminal operator to use VGM weight for the vessel stowage plan, without VGM, the packed container can not be loaded aboard ship.
As from 1 July 2016 (B/L date) we will require shippers or their representative to send us below mentioned information of a packed containers by e-mail prior vessel arrival to the port.
Mandatory information to be provided:
By providing VGM weight booking party confirms and takes responsibility that VGM certificate has been issued by the shipper and can be provided any time on request of Authorities.
VGM certificate to be signed by responsible person representing shippers of goods.
Sea Connect shall not be responsible for the accuracy / authenticity of a VGM certificate as declared by a shipper, all costs incurred due to no VGM or late VGM submission is the shipper’s responsibility.
In case shippers cannot provide VGM - we can arrange weighting at container terminal and issuing of VGM certificate at a certain cost. Important, information that weighting at terminal is required need to be known prior container entering terminal, otherwise weightings costs are double.
In Russia as per present requirements scan copy of original VGM certificate is required.
for Method 1 - weighing bridge to be certified by Russian Register of Shipping
for Method 2 - shippers organization to be certified by Russian Register of Shipping