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Verified Gross Mass Certification

Posted on February 29th, 2016

What is Verified Gross Mass?

Verified Gross Mass – As mentioned Earlier Last week Effective from 1st July 2016, with the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) amendment covering container weighing regulations, a packed container will no longer be allowed to be loaded on board vessels unless its Verified Gross Mass (VGM) has been provided by the shipper to the ocean carriers and/or port terminal representatives prior to the load list cut-off date. The new regulation was adopted by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) to increase maritime safety and reduce the dangers to cargo, containers, and all those involved in container transport throughout the supply chain. Verified Gross Mass Equation = Weight of the Cargo plus weight of Dunnage and Bracing Plus the Tare Weight of the Container.  It must be provided either in the ‘Shipping Documents’ or as a separate notification depending on which way the Shipping line wishes to develop its Liability Protection procedures.  Remember many in the Supply chain already undertake this declaration in the Container Weight Declaration so it may only be a small adjustment in practices. What  are the  two permissible weighing methods before these containers can be loaded on a vessel; Method 1 Weighing the container after it has been packed – the average cost associated with this will add significantly overtime to the bottom line for shippers.  The Average cost for a trip over a set of weigh bridge scales …………big impact on bottom lines  Semi truck pulled over at a weigh station Method 2 Requires weighing all the cargo and contents of the container and adding those weights to the container’s tare weight as indicated on the door end of the container. This can mean Wait time, delays and more importantly additional Charges if you are not organised.  Would Pay to Review your current service providers to see what you can start now to mitigate additional expenses from these changes.   A really great printable document can be found here on the CBFCA site for Australian Shippers.


Verified Container Mass – AMSA MO42 Changes

Posted on February 22nd, 2016

950 B - 6  Will they still load your export container onboard after July 1st 2016 The accurate weight of containers has not always given by shippers or packing yards. The incorrect declaration of container weight has led to accidents and continues to pose a huge risk to on-and offshore personnel, on the roads and inside terminals, to cargo and to equipment. Most of this information is currently supplied to the Trucking Company as they must have a Container Weight Declaration prior to lifting your container from the Ground to Its Side Loader, AMSA are moving to take this one step further in the supply chain. AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) is currently finalising the draft Order for the amendment of Marine Order 42 (Cargo, stowage and securing) 2014 (MO42) to reflect the SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea) amendments. AMSA is the governing and enforcement body in Australia. From July 1st 2016 a packed container will no longer be allowed to be loaded on board vessels unless its Verified Gross Mass (VGM) has been provided by the shipper named in the Bill of Lading, to the ocean carrier and/or the terminal representative. Questions to ask here are – do you pack onsite yourself or do you hire a contractor, is your machinery packed at a yard with safe work methods in place or are you using Joe out in Oakford because he’s cheap. This is where the responsibility will lie primarily both for additional charges if the task and process hasn’t been streamlined causing your Export Container to not be loaded on board – or worse and Injury happens because the VGM (Verified Gross Mass) has not been recorded and received by the terminal. All of these processes should already be a part of your Export documentation – its just making the Liability and responsibility clearer. Understanding that it is not a simple case of multiplying the number of pallets with 60 x 25Kgs bags with used machinery, for example working out the correct Boom Stick and Bucket Combination present in the Above open top was by no means a case of looking up one factory Spec catalogue – demolition units are greatly different from the type of combination and reach for an excavator you would need to use in earthmoving…so on and so forth right down to the weight of a ripper. With the new regulation:

  • The shipper will be the responsible party for providing the VGM – remember this is already a requirement of the supply chain if you are using a good container transport provider.
  • The terminal operator will be obliged to ensure that only containers with a VGM are loaded on the vessel – and we have all experienced the flow on effect when a container doesn’t load, painfully expensive demurrage container charges and the delayed timeline of getting your product to market.
It would be a good idea to have a look at your current Container Export operations and also review the consultation documents available here: https://www.amsa.gov.au There will be two permissible weighing methods for determining the VGM – we’ll tell you soon what they are and ideas for managing it IMG_3509