German shipping carrier Hapag-Lloyd, and INTTRA, the world's ocean shipping electronic marketplace, have together announced an agreement under which Hapag-Lloyd will connect with the INTTRA e-VGM Service for facilitating compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s container weight requirements.
The e-VGM service is available in two versions for carriers and shippers and provides the operational capabilities for digital submission, receipt, processing and auditing of SOLAS-compliant VGMs.
In December, 2015, the companies joined forces when Hapag-Lloyd became a founding member of the INTTRA e-VGM Alliance, which has worked to help the industry address the challenges of SOLAS VGM with a digital approach.
Inna Kuznetsova, President and COO of INTTRA, said: “Hapag-Lloyd has shown industry leadership in cultivating readiness for SOLAS VGM, and has a deep understanding of the comprehensive process requirements for efficient compliance. So we are pleased that Hapag-Lloyd has chosen to expand our partnership by selecting the INTTRA e-VGM Service to address this challenge.”
It was previously reported that the Bureau International des Containers has created a database containing the tare weight of containers globally.
The initiative is anticipated to help shippers comply with the IMO’s new regulation.
Fact File: INTTRA's transaction and information products, combined with the scale of our network, empower its customers to trade with multiple parties and leverage ocean industry information to improve their business. We work with over 50 leading carriers and NVOCCs, over 110,000 freight forwarders and shippers, and more than 100 software alliance partners to streamline and standardise the shipping processes. Over 650,000 container orders are initiated on the INTTRA platform each week, representing 24% of global ocean container trade.
Fact File: With a fleet of 175 modern container ships and a total capacity of 955,000 TEU, Hapag-Lloyd is one of the world's leading container liner shipping companies. It has a container fleet of 1.6 million TEU, including one of the world's largest reefer fleets.