The new SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) VGM (Verified Gross Mass) requirement will take effect on July 1, 2016. This new rule will require each internationally loaded container to have a VGM before it can be loaded onto a vessel, or possibly, even accepted at the terminal gate. Marisol International has worked diligently to provide SOLAS updates each week in the Marisol Transportation & Trade News Update. Considering the large scope of this rule and variations by country, we have compiled the below archive for easy reference.
June 24 - Edition 555
Exactly one week from today, the new SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) VGM (Verified Gross Mass) regulation will take effect. This new global initiative will require each internationally loaded container to have a VGM submitted to the carrier before it will be loaded upon a vessel.
Earlier this week OCEMA (Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association) stated it "strongly supports the use of on-terminal scales to obtain the verified gross mass of containers, as required by the Convention on Safety of Life at Sea."
Contrary to the above, the National Association of Waterfront Employers (NAWE) challenged this idea of marine terminals providing weights directly to ocean carriers. The NAWE said the responsibility of weighing containers for SOLAS would further stress terminals which are constantly working to minimize congestion.
It is still the sole responsibility of the shipper to provide the VGM to the ocean carrier. All shippers should continue to prepare themselves to obtain and provide the VGM regardless of the above mentioned news updates.
Marisol International is ready to help shippers comply with SOLAS. As announced, Marisol is proud to provide customers with flexibility when reporting the verified weight. Customers are encouraged to utilize the miSTAT portal to submit VGM information electronically. A physical form is also available to customers for versatility. As published, Marisol International has partnered with INTRAA to create a seamless electronic connection to support our clients. This partnership will allow Marisol to provide reliable and nearly instantaneous VGM submission to the carriers.
June 17 - Edition 554
The new global container weight rule, known as SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea), will go into effect in 14 days. Marisol International has been working diligently to prepare our customers, employees and operating systems for July 1.
Marisol is pleased to partner with INTRAA to enable a seamless connection for electronic transmission of VGM (Verified Gross Mass) information. The partnership will allow Marisol International the ability to provide customers with a reliable and easy-to-use option for SOLAS compliance. Additionally, Marisol International is proud to offer customers with flexibility when submitting SOLAS information; customers can submit SOLAS information in two ways:
- Electronically via the miSTAT portal
- Email or fax this physical form
Marisol International will continue to provide customers with training and resources to minimize supply chain disruptions upon July 1.
Below are the most recent country-specific updates:
Peel Ports has announced it will offer container weighing services at its facilities in the UK, Greenock, Scotland and Dublin, Ireland. According to the Journal of Commerce (JOC), the Port of Liverpool is installing dynamic axle weighbridges at terminal truck gates linked with the port's terminal operating system that will automatically provide a verified gross mass for the container. The weighing fee at Liverpool will be 19.50 pounds ($27.50) and 23 euros ($26) at Dublin.
Hutchison Port Holdings has announced it will offer container weighing services at four of its Mexican terminals, but will require advance notice to plan and complete the container weighing. However, the terminal must be notified more than 48 hours before the ship arrives at the terminal. Terminals at the ports of Lazaro Cardenas, Manzanillo and Veracruz will offer these services to help its shippers but the exact fee has not yet been confirmed. The Ensenada International Terminal is the only facility with weighing equipment already on site, the other terminals will have to install weighing machines and additional software.
June 10 - Edition 553
Europe's top terminal operators and equipment manufacturers are working together to help provide creative solutions for shippers. To capture a portion of the market which is quickly emerging, some European manufacturing companies are launching innovative new products to meet the needs of shippers. For example, the UK's largest manufacturer of scales and weighing equipment, Avery Weigh-Tronix, recently introduced its C-legs system. "It's a portable system designed to provide an accurate weight and balance of a container without needing to remove it from a trailer," said a company representative. "The system allows shippers who load from a dock into a container that remains on a trailer, to provide an accurate VGM for the container using Method 1 (weighing the packed container)."
In the United States, additional facilities have announced how they will handle containers lacking VGM data. Maher Terminals, located at the Port of New York-New Jersey, stated it will turn away containers which do not have VGM data. APM Terminal (APMT) took a slightly different approach stating that it will "accept containers that arrive at the terminal without the required VGM, but reserves the right to adjust this practice, including deciding to reject non-VGM containers." Meanwhile, Global Container Terminals stated that it will accept containers without the VGM information, however, containers can't be loaded onto a vessel and those containers will face demurrage charges.
United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) announced this week that any container which is not loaded due to VGM non-compliance will face additional charges. UASC stated it will charge the shipper responsible 75% of the freight rate plus the bunker and currency adjustment factors. Additionally, the carrier will charge a $100 per container VGM non-compliance fee.
Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) said it will offer to weigh containers for shippers at a cost of almost $300 per container. OOCL included in its customer advisory "if a certified scaling requires the driver to alter his route in order to provide the service, an additional per mile cost for the diversion will be applied based on the trucker's tariff."
According to the JOC, SSA Marine, which operates a terminal at the Port of Seattle, stated it will continue to weigh all export containers at its Seattle terminal for safety requirements, but the terminal operator won't provide the weight readings it captures to shippers or carriers.
Brazil's Directorate of Ports and Coasts released its guidance for SOLAS, stating that pricing could range from 30 reais ($8.60 USD) up to 80 reais per box.
Marisol International is continuing to work behind the scenes in preparation for July 1. As stated, customers will be contacted directly with detailed SOLAS procedures. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local Marisol International representative.
June 3 - Edition 552
West Coast marine terminals weighed in on SOLAS this week, opening the door to the possibility of container weighing services at its facilities. According to the JOC (Journal of Commerce), the West Coast Marine Terminal Operators Association and Oakland Marine Terminal Operators Association said they will continue to weigh all truck/export container units as they do now to comply with federal safety requirements, and they will provide this information to shipping lines. It will be up to the container lines if they will accept the weights used to meet existing Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules as an official verified gross mass declaration. West Coast marine terminal operators previously stated they will enforce a "no weight, no gate" policy to avoid congestion.
PSA International has announced it will offer container weighing services "where possible in the local context." The global terminal operator joins APM Terminals, Hutchison port Holdings and DP Word to offer SOLAS solutions for its customers.
Marisol International is working diligently behind the scenes in preparation for July 1. Detailed procedures for SOLAS compliance will be provided directly to customers well in advance of the implementation date. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local Marisol International account manager.
May 27 - Edition 551
The Port of Felixstowe announced this week it will charge 20 pounds to weigh a container with an additional pound assessed for an administrative fee. This charge will also apply to any container that is found to be outside the plus-or-minus five percent variance threshold.
Modern Terminals, a Chinese terminal operator, will offer container weighing services at three of its facilities in China and Hong Kong. "All container terminals under Modern Terminals Group, including Hong Kong, Da Chan Bay and Taicang, are now fully equipped to provide container weighing services to our customers who need assistance," the operator said.
APL (American President Lines) launched a new map tool this week to help its customers prepare for the July 1 SOLAS implementation date. The new tool designates if its partner marine terminals will accept containers without VGM, offer on-site weighing services or if the terminal's policy has not yet been confirmed. Additionally, the tool will list the respective country's acceptable variance level, if it has been announced.
May 20 - Edition 550
The Port of Charleston has retracted its previously announced $25 fee for container weighing services and will instead offer these services free of charge. The South Carolina Ports Authority stated the charge is no longer necessary due to the recent announcement of two alternative methods by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Port of Charleston joins the ports of Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina in offering free weighing services for its customers.
According to the Journal of Commerce (JOC), select terminals at Port Everglades will offer container weighing services, but not all. Additionally, pricing will vary depending on the terminal. Terminals which already have the necessary equipment in place to capture the VGM include Florida International Terminal, Crowley Liner Services and King Ocean Services.
Yesterday, May 19, six U.S. East and Gulf Coast operating ports and 19 ocean container lines asked the Federal Maritime Commission for permission to enter a "discussion agreement." This would allow the ports and carriers to share information and data relating to SOLAS. The ports involved include: Georgia, Houston, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The agreement states, "any two or more parties are authorized to exchange information, discuss and reach voluntary, non-binding agreement upon all matters relating to rules, procedures, programs, practices, terms and conditions with respect to the organization, development, calculation, availability, transmission or use of verified gross mass data."
India officially published its final SOLAS guidelines this week in preparation for the July 1 implementation date. The final publication did not specify the penalties shippers could face for non-compliance. However, a list of default shippers will be displayed on the website of the Directorate General of Shipping. As previously stated, terminal container weighing services will be prohibited and weighing must take place outside terminal gates. If containers arrive at a terminal without VGM data, it will not be accepted for loading upon the vessel.
This week, U.S. Senator John Thune wrote a letter to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) asking it to increase its involvement with SOLAS to ensure marine terminals' approaches are consistent with U.S. maritime law. His letter was in alignment with concerns of the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) regarding the shipper's inability to confirm container tare weights. As stated, the USCG has provided two additional options for verifying weights and several terminals are now offering weighing services for exporters. SOLAS remains a global regulation with a quickly approaching implementation date.
May 13 - Edition 549
In response to shipper concern over potential discrepancies in container tare weight, OCEMA (Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association) has announced it will issue a common tariff rule this week or next to protect shippers. The tariff rule will state that customers will not be held legally liable for inaccuracies in container tare weight when generating a verified gross mass (VGM) under the SOLAS regulation.
On Tuesday, May 10, the Port Newark Container Terminal announced it will offer container weighing services to its customer for a fee. The terminal, which is operated by Ports America, will charge $69.10 to weigh each container that arrives at its facility without the VGM.
The South Carolina Ports Authority has confirmed it will charge shippers $25 per container for weighing services at the Port of Charleston. Read more here.
The Port of Baltimore's Ports America Chesapeake terminal operator has announced it will provide on-site container weighing services to shippers. The fee structure has not been published as of yet.
The Virginia Port Authority initially stated it would reject containers without VGM information but has since revised its position regarding SOLAS. On Tuesday, the Virginia Port Authority said it will weigh containers and provider container weights to exporters, however, the fee for the service has not been announced. Read the official release here.
The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are reportedly considering offering container weighing services to help shippers comply with SOLAS beginning on July 1. Terminal operators at the largest U.S. port complex worry that weighing export containers under SOLAS regulations could create congestion at terminal gates. The 13 terminal operators have not yet reached a consensus on container weighing services but have sought legal advice from its counsel. At a meeting in Long Beach on Monday, May 9, some terminal attorneys expressed liability concerns in the case of injuries or damage in addition to weight discrepancies tied to imprecise weighing methods. According to the Journal of Commerce (JOC), to precisely measure the VGM, a longshoreman would have to place the container on a yard tractor, drive to the scale, lift the container from the yard tractor, place it on the scale to be weighed and then reload the container onto the yard tractor. High repetition of this procedure could slow yard operations and consequently negatively impact truck turn times due to long queues. John Cushing, President of PierPass Inc., stated terminals are awaiting advisement from its council before implementing any container weighing services at the port complex.
APM Terminals (APMT), Maersk group's port arm, announced this week that it will offer container weighing services at 29 of its locations around the world. Click here to see a list of the locations.
Following the previously announced maritime authority meeting in Mumbai, India, the country has further revised its SOLAS guidelines. The Ministry of Shipping increased the maximum variance threshold for SOLAS compliance. This threshold has been expanded to plus-or-minus 1,000 kilograms (about 2,204 pounds), compared to the previously stated 500 kilograms (about 1,102 pounds). The maritime administrator also advised that all weighing activities must take place off-site to avoid port congestion. Every container which arrives at an Indian terminal must be accompanied by a VGM, which will need to be signed by the shipper or their authorized party. The agency's final ordinance is expected within the next few days.
May 6 - Edition 548
The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), which operates the Port of Savannah, stated that it will offer free container weighing service to help its customers comply with the new SOLAS regulation. GPA's incoming executive director, Griff Lynch, stated that the port authority will continue to weigh trucks carrying containers at terminal gates as it always has, but will now share those documented weights with shippers, carriers and stevedores. After the U.S. Coast Guard announced two alternative methods for verifying a container's weight, the port decided to take a new approach for SOLAS. Previously, the GPA had stated it had no intention of sharing weights recorded at its gates with shippers or carriers. "We have changed significantly our position as a result of the Coast Guard's release," Lynch said. "The entire discussion has evolved."
Four of the seven Class 1 railroads have now announced they do not anticipate any operational changes when SOLAS takes effect on July 1. CSX Transportation, Kansas City Southern Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway and BNSF Railway each stated, in their own words, that SOLAS applies to shippers and maritime providers, not railways. Each stated that a container will be still be accepted at its railyard, even if it lacks the VGM (Verified Gross Mass). However, the question of what will marine terminals that refuse to handle containers without a VGM plan to do with these containers when they arrive at on-dock rail facilities remains to be answered.
Japan's transport ministry has finalized its SOLAS guidelines after allowing time for public comments. One of the changes to the guidelines will reduce non-compliance fees. Each case of non-compliance will result in a fine of up to 200,000 yen (about $1,870 USD), instead of the initially planned 300,000 yen (about $2,800 USD) fee structure. Japanese shippers can register with the transport ministry to obtain authority to create their own VGMs. Additionally, the variance threshold has been set at plus-or-minus five percent.
This week the United Kingdom Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCGA) announced new requirements for shippers which plan to use Method 2 for obtaining the VGM. Shippers who elect to weigh the contents and packaging of a container before adding the tare weight of the container will have to pay to become certified. The fee to become certified has been set at 94 pounds (roughly $136 USD). The MCGA advised that shippers who apply and pay before June 15 are guaranteed to have their applications processed and approved or denied before the July 1 implementation date. Shippers will have to complete a checklist of items and provide documentary evidence in order to receive MCGA approval.
As previously announced, DP World has stated it will be prepared to offer container weighing services at all of its facilities. "DP World will provide a weighing system that will be integrated with the terminal operating system and the VGM, or verified gross mass, and available to the shipping line and shipper on Dubai Trade," the company said. The terminal operator also announced it will charge 65 dirhams (approximately $18) per container for the service.
April 29 - Edition 547
China, the world's largest generator of export containers, has now officially published a draft of its guidelines for SOLAS. The guidelines announced by the Ministry of Transport state that vessels and terminals will not be permitted to load a container which lacks VGM information. Additionally, the draft stated, "All marine management agencies should perform random checks on the verified gross mass of packed containers onto vessels." The variance discrepancy was announced at plus or minus five percent, or one ton. If a container weight is outside of this parameter, agencies should request that the vessel carrying the box correct the weight information "after the potential risk of safety has been minimized." According to the Journal of Commerce (JOC), this presumably means the container contents must be reduced and the box re-weighed by the terminal then loaded back on the ship. Read the (unofficial) English translation here.
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has now approved two alternative methods for obtaining the VGM, creating a flexible approach to SOLAS compliance for U.S. exporters. The USCG stated, "A couple of examples are: (1) the terminal weighs the container, and when duly authorized, verifies the VGM on behalf of the shipper, and (2) the shipper and carrier reach agreement whereby the shipper verifies the weight of the cargo, dunnage and other securing material, and the container's tare weight is provided and verified by the carrier." This second alternative method, known as the "rational" method, was suggested by the AgTc (Agriculture Transportation Coalition) and has already received pushback. APL (American President Lines) and OCEMA (Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association) have explicitly stated they will not accept VGMs obtained via the "rational" method.
On May 4, India's maritime authorities will meet in Mumbai to discuss outstanding SOLAS VGM details. The meeting will address concerns regarding additional paperwork, increased costs and port congestion. India's Ministry of Shipping also submitted revised guidelines recently wherein it stated that the acceptable variance in weight has been reset to plus or minus 500 kilograms (approximately 1,100 pounds) from the previously announced rate of plus or minus 200 kilograms (441 pounds). Additionally, it stated that any containers exceeding the maximum gross weight indicated on the container safety approval plate shall not be loaded on ships under any circumstance.
The Port of Houston announced this week that it will not accept containers which arrive at its terminals without electronic documentation of the VGM. Additionally, it will not offer container weighing services. The ultimate goal of this decision is to ensure terminal operations remain fluid. The port announced it will designate a holding area for trucks which arrive at terminals without a VGM on file.
The Port of Charleston is creating its own distinct path in preparation for July 1. The port's CEO, James Newsome, wrote to the chairman of the House Coast Guard and Marine Transportation subcommittee that turning away containers at the gate "has the potential to further harm an already challenged container trucking industry. Many truckers delivering export cargo will subsequently pick up an import container, what are they to do with the rejected container?" The Port of Charleston already announced it plans to offer container weighing services. The port is now in its final stages of testing to see if the services will be feasible and successful. Reportedly, it plans to offer this service at $25 per container.
April 22 - Edition 546
Hong Kong's Marine Department published SOLAS VGM compliance guidelines this week to help the shipping community prepare for the new rule before July 1. The guidelines state that a container weight will be considered compliant if it is within plus or minus five percent of the reported weight. The Marine Department also released this Container Mass Verification Flow Chart detailing acceptable procedures for both VGM methods. Additionally, the guidelines stated that the VGM document will be required to list the weighing scale's authorization number, name of the weighing scale operator, date of weighing, container number, signature of the weighing scale operating staff and the weighing company stamp. Read the guidelines here.
The European shipping community appealed their national governments this week, requesting a harmonized approach by the European Union governments. The organizations advised that, "National authorities need to be aware that excessive requirements can have an adverse impact on the logistics chain. For example, an over-reliance on weighbridges for Method 1 weighing may create unnecessary bottlenecks which could be avoided by using other devices, such as the spreader mounted weighing devices." Read the joint statement here.
DP World, a global terminal operator which operates 77 marine and inland terminals across six continents, announced this week it will offer container weighing services at all of its facilities. "All our terminals will be ready to meet the obligations under the legislation by July 1 and each one will have certified weighing solutions in place to serve exporters in the IMO member states where we operate," said HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, group chairmen and CEO.
April 15 - Edition 545
SOLAS was discussed at a hearing held by the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week, with a variety of suggestions made. After the hearing, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation said, "I don't think there is a legislative answer for this. This is something that needs to be worked out between the shippers and the shippees."
The Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTc) suggested a "rational" approach to calculating the VGM during the hearing. In this case, shippers would be responsible for submitting the weight of their cargo and carriers would be responsible for providing the container weight. However, the World Shipping Council (WSC) stated that carriers have structured their digital data systems to include a field for total VGM. Therefore, if shippers submitted only the cargo weight, VGM data would be inaccurate, resulting in re-weigh fees or other penalties.
SOLAS procedures for Canada's two largest ports progressed this week following an announcement by terminal operator DP World. DP World announced its fee structure for containers arriving at Canadian terminals which lack VGM data. If a container arrives at a DP World terminal at the ports of Prince Rupert or Vancouver, DP World will charge a fee of $245 Canadian (roughly $190 USD) to weigh the container. The terminal operator stated it will also modify its gate reservation system to add a field for the VGM number. If the trucker does not have the VGM number at the time of making the gate reservation, the trucker or shipper will be prompted to guarantee the weighing charges with credit card, PayPal, or with pre-determined credit. If the shipper has already supplied the VGM to the ocean carrier, the VGM number will appear at the time of gate reservation. For containers arriving via rail, DP World stated that the railway line will have two to seven days (based on rail transit times) to identify the units to be scaled. Read more here.
Ocean carriers are also beginning to announce how they will accept VGM data. This week, Evergreen stated it can receive VGM data through it's website, existing EDI channels for booking request or Shipping Instructions, VERMAS (EDIFACT) electronic messages, its mobile APP, or via fax / e-mail. Additionally, COSCO announced this week that it expects the VGM Cut-Off time will be 24-hours prior to vessel arrival, but this time frame could adjust according to the local process. It stated that the VGM Cut-Off will be displayed on their official website and on the Booking Confirmation.
Country Specific Updates:
- The United Kingdom stated that violators will be fined $2,600 per case, with an acceptable discrepancy between the VGM and actual weight of a container set at plus or minus five percent.
- India has announced it will enforce SOLAS with a maximum variance of plus or minus 200 kilograms (440.9 pounds).
- See other regional implementation information on the WSC (World Shipping Council) website here.
April 8 - Edition 544
As the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) July 1 implementation date approaches, opposition to the impending global rule continues. The impact of SOLAS to U.S. exporters will be discussed at a hearing held by the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee next week. The Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) said Thursday, "We ask Congress to determine if the Coast Guard, as the U.S. representative to the IMO, (can) revisit the IMO SOLAS amendment and gain revisions, if not revocation."
Additionally, this week, the Port of Virginia stated it will only accept the VGM via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). The VGM will need to be submitted via EDI before the container can be accepted at the terminal gate. As previously reported, the Port of Virginia has stated that it will not offer yard equipment to weigh containers on behalf of shippers.
Similarly, the West Coast MTO Agreement (WCMTOA), which is comprised of the 13 marine terminal operators serving the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, announced this week that its terminals will not offer container weighing services for shippers. The WCMTOA proceeded to state that individual member terminals will establish and communicate their own policies for handling VGM procedures.
March 25 - Edition 542
With less than 100 days before the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) VGM (Verified Gross Mass) rule goes into effect, only 10 of the 162 signatory countries have published guidelines and regulations on the World Shipping Council (WSC) website. Additionally, the guidelines which have been published vary in regards to the level of finalization. For example, Canada has produced draft procedures; Argentina has full-on regulations; Australia has a discussion paper; and Denmark has a preliminary order. View the regional implementation information on the WSC website here.
The trade community is also awaiting guidelines from China, the world's largest generator of export containers. According to OOCL (Orient Overseas Container Lines), national guidelines are "a work in progress." Thus far, China has issued a notice of "5 things you have to know regarding new container weight requirements of SOLAS," but it does not provide specifics. OOCL proceeded to advise that the "no VGM, no loading" principle would begin on July 1, 2016. Additionally, cut-off times will vary from country to country based upon advisement from national agencies.
The Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA) also published best practices for the acceptance and transmission of VGM earlier this week. View the OCEMA publications here.
March 18 - Edition 541
Further to the SOLAS update in last week's newsletter, Japan's government has announced what it will view as acceptable VGM weight discrepancies. According to the JOC (Journal of Commerce), Japan stated it will finalize and release its SOLAS guidelines at the end of this month or early next month. Reportedly, weight discrepancies will be acceptable at plus or minus five percent. Japan's transport ministry has also drafted two ministry ordinances outlining how it will handle noncompliance. The draft states that violators will be fined up to 300,000 yen (about $2,632) per each instance.
According to the JOC, APM Terminals (APMT) is examining which of its 72 terminals would benefit from offering container-weighing services. "These terminals were not designed to provide these services, so we're having to retrofit or look to change our operations in order to hit that," John Trenchard, chief of APMT's Inland and End User Services division, said. "We've got quite a few terminals putting in the capabilities to do some form of VGM generation, but only where it makes operational and commercial sense, and where we don't impede supply chain efficiencies," Trenchard said.
APMT's top priority is ensuring that offering these services do not create bottlenecks or slow the velocity of cargo through its terminals, which could create extra cost or risks for the company's terminal, he said. APMT has five terminals in the U.S. at the ports of: New York-New Jersey, Los Angeles, Miami, Mobile and Tacoma. APMT did confirm that its terminals in Sweden, Denmark and India (Mumbai) will offer VGM verification and/or generating services. Additionally, the company has stated that it is working to implement a system to accommodate electronic submission of the VGM data.
Additionally, you can access carrier specific SOLAS news by clicking the below links:
- CMA CGM
- China - COSCO Shipping
- Hamburg Sud
- Yang Ming
The Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA) is a U.S. based association which encompasses 19 major ocean common carriers. OCEMA recently published the below two items for the shipping community:
- OCEAM Recommended Best Practice for the Acceptance and Transmission of Verified Gross Mass
- OCEMA Supports Industry Cooperation to Tackle VGM
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