Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has expanded its longstanding relationship with INTTRA, the world's ocean shipping electronic marketplace.
HMM has adopted INTTRA eVGM Service as a channel to facilitate compliance with the International Maritime Organization's Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) amendment.
Under the new rule, which went into effect on July 1, 2016, every container must have a VGM – or certified weight — in order to gain clearance to be loaded onto a ship.
Jim Whalen, President of INTTRA Asia, said: “Many of HMM’s customers are already using INTTRA eVGM. By joining the eVGM network, HMM will provide those customers and additional shippers on the network with simplicity and efficiency in submitting VGM information, facilitating even better customer service.”
John Kim, Deputy General Manager, Global CS Team, Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., Ltd. Said: “We have been working in partnership with INTTRA for many years and are pleased to announce the broadening of our relationship to include the SOLAS compliance service.
“A major benefit will be connecting directly with key customers through a variety of channels, including EDI, XML, the web and mobile devices.”
HMM invests to continuously expand vessel fleet, acquires container terminals in the worldwide primary location and inland logistics facilities, and develops premiere customer oriented IT system. As a result of these endeavors, HMM will become a world top integrated logistics company giving “Hope to shareholders, satisfaction to customers and pride to employees.”
INTTRA announced a 17% increase in container volume for H1, 2016 in August, over the same period in 2015 as the number of container orders on its core transaction platform grew to record levels.
In July 2016, ZIM Integrated Shipping Services announced it will be using INTTRA’s eVGM services, which means that ZIM and its customers now also comply with the IMO’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) VGN amendment.