With 50 days remaining until SOLAS verified gross mass (VGM) rules come into force, APM Terminals (APMT) has confirmed it will provide container weighing services at 29 facilities around the world.
Under international law from July 1, 2016 shippers are required to provide a VGM for every container before it can be loaded with the shipping line.
APM Terminals head of global operations, Jack Craig, said: “Our first priority remains to ensure safe and efficient operations for the supply chain.”
“It is crucial that these regulations are met in a way which does not create congestion bottlenecks that ultimately impose additional risk and cost for all stakeholders,” he added.
In a statement, the terminal operator stated that its teams are “in dialogue with local regulatory authorities who are providing increasing clarity on national rules governing how to ensure compliance”.
APMT further plans to provide VGM data management capabilities in most facilities through accepting electronic data interchange (EDI) transmissions of VGM information into terminal operating systems (TOS) from the shipping lines prior to vessel load planning.
Export containers which are received at APMT facilities with a valid VGM will be accepted as per current local operational procedures.
However, the company added: “Export containers which arrive at APMT facilities without a valid VGM will be generally accepted, but as they are ineligible to load on a vessel, may be segregated and subject to additional re-handling and storage requirements.”
The 29 locations where APMT will provide VGM generation services include Aarhus, Bremerhaven, Fos, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Izmir, Vado and Wilhelmshaven as well as five separate facilities across Russia: First Container Terminal, Moby Dick, Petrolesport, Ust-Luga and Vostochny.
In Latin America, facilities in Buenos Aires, Callao, Itajai, Lazaro Cardenas, Pecem and Santos will provide container weighing while Abidjan, Cotonou, Pointe-Noire, Port Said and Rades offer African options.
In the Middle East, Aqaba and Bahrain are included along with Mumbai and Pipavav in India and Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia.