An industry coalition has released a second Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document in an attempt to support a “smooth” implementation of the new container weighing regulations set to take effect on July 1, 2016.
The document was released less than a week before the implementation of the amendments to SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) which require packed shipping containers to have a verified gross mass (VGM) before they can be loaded on a ship for export.
The FAQ document, which was released by the World Shipping Council (WSC), the TT Club, the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA), and the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF), followed a previous one published in December 2015.
Like the one previously released, the document is based on actual questions from affected stakeholders regarding the proper implementation of the new regulations.
The supplementary FAQs include expanded answers to some of the questions listed in the December FAQ document as well as new questions and answers.
Some of the new FAQs expand explanation of how the SOLAS VGM requirements should be fulfilled in various circumstances as described in questions received from supply chain parties.
Additionally, other supplementary FAQs offer additional information in regard to the two methods which may be used under the SOLAS new requirements to obtain the VGM of a packed container.
In a statement, the coalition called for the stakeholders to continue to ask additional questions which may arise after July 1 to any of the collaborating organisations.
“Container safety is a shared responsibility, and all parties have an interest in improving the safety of ships, their crews and others throughout the containerized supply chain while reducing the risk of damages to cargo,” the coalition said in a statement.