Safety and Security

SOLAS - VGM - Implementation As Of The 22nd June

17th June 2016


Notice To Shippers
Safety Of Life at Sea (SOLAS) / Verified Gross Mass (VGM)
1- Stop Implementation As Of The 22nd June


ANL would like to remind shippers of the pending implementation of the SOLAS / VGM requirements as of the 1st July 2016.


Below is a summary of the key points.


• Verified Gross Mass (VGM) is to be declared via the PRA through 1- Stop by one of the below methods.


*Method 1: The shipper may weigh the packed container by using calibrated and certified equipment, for example, using a scale, weighbridge or with terminal lifting equipment


*Method 2: the shipper may weigh all packages and cargo items, including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other securing material to be packed in the container and adding the tare mass of the container to the sum of the single masses, using a certified method approved by the competent authority of the State in which packing of the container was completed.


• Tare weight of container should be obtained from the right hand door of the container or the CSC plate.


• The VGM declared at PRA level will be the weight that the vessel will use to plan the container for loading on board the vessel.


• 1- Stop will introduce the new PRA incorporating the VGM declaration as of the 22nd June. This will ensure that any container that is shipped as of the 1st July will be VGM compliant. PRA’s not incorporating the VGM details from the 22nd June will not be accepted / approved by 1- Stop.


• Amendments to PRA’s will not be accepted once container is received into the terminal.


• In the event that VGM details are incorrectly declared on the PRA, the container will need to be removed from the terminal and a new PRA must be completed incorporating correct VGM details before container can be delivered back into the terminal. In these circumstances all terminal costs will be for the account of the shipper.


• The VGM declaration via the PRA through 1- Stop will also be transmitted to ANL. This will be considered as shipper’s declaration to ANL as required under SOLAS.


• Correct VGM declaration is the responsibility of the actual shipper on the B/Lading even in the event where there may be a third party arranging the PRA.


• Vessel receival / cut off processes remain the same as is with the Time Slot procedures with the respective terminals.


• Important note for Forwarding Instructions.


o So there is no confusion on this point, only cargo weight and its packaging need to be declared on the Forwarding Instruction as per the current system. The tare weight of the container must not be included.


o The ANL system will subsequently add the tare weight of the container to that of the cargo weight for manifest purposes which will be lodged with the appropriate authorities.


o Cargo weight declared on the Forwarding Instructions should agree with the cargo weight declared as part of the VGM on the PRA.


We trust that the above information will be of assistance and would kindly ask you to pass this on to any of your third party operators that are involved with the declaration of the VGM data and preparation of the PRA.


For any further information you can contact our National Customer Service Manager Alex Sismanis (sismana@anl.com.au )


ANL Customer Service Centre