In a bid to provide the supply chain industry with a better understanding of how to efficiently declare the verified gross mass (VGM) of a container’s weight, particularly around the timing of VGM submissions, Maersk Line is preparing a campaign to raise awareness of the new regulations for shippers, according to The Loadstar.
Lars Lorenzen, VGM Programme Manager for Maersk Line, said: “Unlike previous IMO regulations, the number of impacted parties this time around is much higher.
“The key is transparent and clear communication to and by all regulated parties, and earliest possible identification of requirements and timely adjustment to the specific supply chain by each shipper.
“Maersk Line has been preparing for the implementation of this SOLAS amendment for the past 15 months. This includes modifications to proprietary systems and processes, as well as raising awareness internally and externally.”
Mr Lorenzen said Maersk Line was able to “receive submissions of the VGM from shippers in the usual manner, i.e. via mymaerskline.com, industry portals, direct electronic data interchange (EDI) and manually.”
According to the Journal of Commerce, Japan’s government has drawn up guideline drafts for the container weight process, which contain penalties between the verified gross mass and the real weight of a container.