SOLAS

SOLAS CHARGES

UNIFEEDER VGM CHARGES LETTER

NB VGM IS REQUIRED MINIMUM:-

  • MINUS 24 HOURS PRIOR TO FEEDER VESSEL ARRIVAL AT FEEDER PORT
  • MINUS 48 HOURS PRIOR TO MOTHER VESSEL ARRIVAL AT LOAD PORT 

Further to Notice published 9th June 2016, further revised information:-

(update published 22nd June 2016)

Re SOLAS – Verified Gross Mass

As you will be aware from our previous notices, the new regulations come into effect from the 1st July 2016 and we would like to update you with further information as we know it at the moment.

Coscon require all customers to note on their booking request which of the following 3 methods they will follow:

Option 1 – Customer requests the terminal to weigh containers on their behalf

Option 2 – Customer provides VGM directly to the terminal via EDI/Destin8/CNS

Option 3 – Customer submits declaration to the line to provide VGM on their behalf

Costs

In accordance with new instructions from our principle, the following line charges will apply:

For customers transmitting requiring the port to arrange VGM (Option 1) or submitting directly to the terminal (Option 2) –

There will be no additional charge on top of port costs previously advised

For customers transmitting their VGM by FAX / Email (manually)  –

USD 20.00 per cntr (in addition to the port costs that have been previously advised)

For customers amending their VGM after the cut off –

USD 15.00 per cntr (in addition to the port costs that have been previously advised)

The above are in addition to the port costs that have been previously advised.

VGM Declaration

Both Destin8 and CNS now have the facility of accepting declarations of VGM directly from our customers. You will need to register for a badge code or VGM Exporter Badge and this will mean that you will be charged directly by the port for their portion of the costs.

First Vessels Affected By VGM

First vessels per service where cargo must have a VGM are as follows:

AEX1 – CSCL Arctic Ocean – ETS 1/7

FAL1 – CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin – ETS 5/7

NE9 – CSCL Mars – ETS 3/7

NE7 – Ever Linking – ETS 5/7

NE2 – Mackinac Bridge – ETS 9/7

NE5 – Thalassa Doxa – ETS 4/7

EPIC – CMA CGM Amazon – ETS 3/7

ESE – Maersk Lota – ETS 4/7

Current Schedules and Cut Off’s

Service / Arrive / CAM Cut Off / VGM Cut Off:-

AEX1 / Wed / Tue / Mon

FAL1 / Mon / Fri / Thu

NE9 / Sat / Fri / Thu

NE7 – AEX11 / Mon / Fri / Thu

NE2 – AEX12 / Thu / Wed / Tue

CEM – NE5 / Sat / Fri / Thu

EPIC / Sat / Fri / Thu

Documentation

With regard to the declaration of the VGM, an email is acceptable providing it states that the weight is the Verified Gross Mass and is signed off by an individual associated to the company or by VERMAS message directly to Destin8.

The verified gross mass must include everything within the container including any dunnage and also the tare weight of the unit which can be found on the door.

Please note that the shipper on the Bill Of Lading is responsible for this, even if they have nominated a third party to handle the operation and declaration.

The Declaration

Below items are mandatory when you submit the VGM:

  • Vessel                                                   :
  • Booking No. or B/L No.                  :
  • Container No.                                   :
  • Verified Gross Mass (VGM)          :
  • Weight Scale (KGS)                        :
  • Signature (Responsible Party)    :
  • Authorized Person                         :

The Shipper is responsible for providing the VGM or he can nominate a third party but an authorization in writing has to be given to the carrier. Our companies do not verify the authorization and all risks arising from the VGM information will be borne by the shipper.

EDI Submission of VGM

We are now offering an online facility within our e-business module that allows you to directly submit the VGM to our system that will upload into Destin8 or CNS.

Clients will need to register for the e-business service as a certified user before being able to use this VGM module.

Click here to register for E-Business

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further assistance or additional information.

Thank you for your continued support.

COSCON UK Limited


Re SOLAS – Verified Gross Mass

(update published 16th June 2016)

Further to our notice of the 9th June 2016, please be advised of the following further information:

Costs

In accordance with new instructions from our principle, the following line charges will apply:

For customers transmitting their VGM via EDI to us or directly to the terminal –

USD 5.00 per cntr

For customers transmitting their VGM by FAX / Email –

USD 20.00 per cntr

For customers amending their VGM after the cut off –

USD 15.00 per cntr

The above are in addition to the port costs previously advised.

Costs At Feeder Ports:-

Forth Ports (Grangemouth)

VGM provided prior to cut off – £1.00 per cntr

Terminal requested to provide VGM – £16.50 + £1.00 per cntr

 VGM Mis-declaration – £11.00 + £16.50 + £1.00 per cntr

Port Of Tyne (South Shields)

TVGM  – £17.50 per cntr

VGM Mis-declaration – £10.00 per cntr (additional)

 The above port costs are in addition to the line charges mentioned above.

 VGM Declaration

Both Destin8 and CNS now have the facility of accepting declarations of VGM directly from our customers. You will need to register for a badge code and this will mean that you will be charged directly by the port for their portion of the costs.  

First Vessels Affected By VGM

First vessels per service where cargo must have a VGM are as follows:

AEX1 – CSCL Arctic Ocean – ETS 1/7

FAL1 – CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin – ETS 5/7

NE9 – CSCL Mars – ETS 3/7

NE7 – Ever Linking – ETS 5/7

NE2 – Mackinac Bridge – ETS 9/7

NE5 – Thalassa Doxa – ETS 4/7

EPIC – CMA CGM Amazon – ETS 3/7

ESE – Maersk Lota – ETS 4/7

Weighbridge Classes

It was stated on our last circular that only class 3 weighbridges were suitable for weighing containers under the new SOLAS regulations as advised by BIFA at a recent seminar. However, since then, a new FAQ has appeared on the MCA website which now states as follows:

Quote

Weighbridges. Non-automatic weighing instruments. For the purposes of Verifi-cation of Gross Mass for SOLAS provision the UK accuracy class for weighbridges is Class IV.

Unquote

To visit the full version please click here

Again, we would stress that Terms and Conditions of any facility that you are planning to use are checked.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact your local booking office.

Thank you for your continued support.

COSCON UK Limited


Further to original information published 23rd March, please see updated notice as follows:-

(update published 9th June 2016)

Dear Valued Customer,

Re SOLAS – Verified Gross Mass

As you will be aware from our previous notices, the new regulations come into effect from the 1st July 2016 and we would like to update you with further information as we know it at the moment.

Transhipped Containers

IMO have recently announced that containers sailing prior to the 1st July 2016, but transhipping after this date, will now not require a VGM.

It is anticipated that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will not take any action on cargo that has rolled or is shipping on a vessel which has been delayed but obviously, it can only comment on cargo from the UK.

Port Operations

The Ports of Felixstowe, London Gateway and Southampton have made it clear that the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) will be required a minimum of 24 hours prior to the vessel arrival. However, as the operation is new, we will add a buffer of an additional 24 working hours on top of this to deal with any teething problems that there may be. We intend to review this once everything has settled and will update you with any issues that we have discovered. As a rule of thumb, our usual vessel arrivals are listed at the end of this notice along with our intended cut offs but these are subject to change and should be checked at the time of shipment.

The three main ports with whom we currently deal have confirmed how they plan to handle this new regulation and the following is a summary of this:

Southampton / London Gateway

All containers will be weighed on arrival and the following costs will apply:

  • Where the VGM is provided prior to arrival GBP 1.00
  • VGM provision after box arrival but before 24 hour cut-off GBP 3.00

  • Where the terminal is requested to weigh the container and to provide a VGM with electronic signature GBP 17.50

  • If Shipper provided VGM is not received by VGM cut off time and the container has arrived, the Terminal subsequently issues a VGM = GBP 3.00 + GBP 17.50

  • If Shipper VGM differs by +/- 5% or +/- 500kg (whichever is greater) from the Terminal measured weight = GBP 10.00 mis-declaration charge + GBP 17.50 + (GBP 1.00 or GBP 3.00)

Weighing facility available from 13th June 2016

Felixstowe

Contrary to their original plan, all containers will now be weighed on arrival and the following costs will apply:

  • Where the VGM is provided prior to arrival GBP 1.00

  • If the port is requested to provide VGM the charge will be GBP 20.00

  • If the VGM is mis-declared, an additional admin fee of GBP 20.00 on top of the terminal weight charge of GBP 20.00 plus GBP 1.00 standard admin fee will apply.

Since the Shipping Line is responsible for administrating the new regulation, we will add a cost of GBP 5.00 per container to the above charges.

Documentation 

With regard to the declaration of the VGM, an email is acceptable providing it states that the weight is the Verified Gross Mass and is signed off by an individual associated to the company or by VERMAS message directly to Destin8. The verified gross mass must include everything within the container including any dunnage and also the tare weight of the unit which can be found on the door. Please note that the shipper on the Bill Of Lading is responsible for this even if they have nominated a third party to handle the operation and declaration.

Waste Cargo

We are aware that, in a high number of cases, scrap cargo is loaded in bulk and is sold on a weight basis meaning that vehicles are usually weighed before and after loading. BIFA have advised that there are 4 classes of weighbridge in the UK and of these, only class 3 is acceptable for obtaining a VGM. With this in mind, we would strongly urge that you check the facilities that you currently use also noting their Terms and Conditions. We cannot stress enough that this is the shipper on the B/L’s responsibility as the line only needs to see a declaration of the verified gross mass.

It is anticipated that demand for weighbridges will escalate over the coming months and needless to say, this will impact on transport significantly. With effect from 1st of July (booking date) diversions  wil be charged at  GBP 50 up to 5 miles away plus GBP 2.00 per mile thereafter but may have to review this at a later date.

Current Schedules And Cut Offs

Service / Arrive / CAM Cut Off / VGM Cut Off:-

AEX1 / Wed / Tue / Mon

FAL1 / Mon / Fri / Thu

NE9 / Sat / Fri / Thu

NE7 – AEX11 / Mon / Fri / Thu

NE2 – AEX12 / Thu / Wed / Tue

CEM – NE5 / Sat / Fri / Thu

EPIC / Sat / Fri / Thu

The Declaration

Below items are mandatory when you submit the VGM:

  • Vessel                                                 :
  • Booking No. or B/L No.                 :
  • Container No.                                   :
  • Verified Gross Mass (VGM)          :
  • Weight Scale (KGS)                         :
  • Signature (Responsible Party)     :
  • Authorized Person                          :

The Shipper is responsible for providing the VGM or he can nominate a third party but an authorization in writing has to be given to the carrier. Our companies do not verify the authorization and all risks arising from the VGM information will be borne by the shipper.

The above will be available as a form on our websites within the next few days

Thank you for your continued support.

COSCON UK Limited


IMO Requirement on

Verified Container Weight before Loading

Effective 1st July 2016 (published 23rd March 2016)

Dear Valued Customer;

With effect from July 1, 2016, the new Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulation will become effective; therefore the packed containers’ Verified Gross Mass (VGM) will be mandatory for all the units to be loaded on-board our vessels.

Requirement on new SOLAS

The packed container will not be loaded on vessel, if the VGM has not been obtained in time,

The purpose of new SOLAS:

In order to avoid risks to human life and damages to the cargo and concerned environment such as Vessels, Terminals, Equipment etc. due to inaccurately declared weights.

Either of below two permissible methods can be used by shipper or a third party duly appointed by shipper:

Method 1:Weighing the container after it has been packed and sealed, using calibrated and certified weighing equipment.

Method 2:Weighing all the packages and cargo items, including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other securing material to be packed in the container and adding the tare mass of the container to the sum of the single masses, using a certificated method approved by the competent authority of the State in which packing of the container was completed.

Support offered:

  • Further information of SOLAS and the concerned Q&A will be updated on www.coscon.com
  • The cut-off time, ways and content of providing VGM refer Q8.
  • Have various sources for the shippers to submit the VGM conveniently. For further information, please refer to the  please refer to the SOLAS Chapter VI and the Maritime Safety Committee Implementation Guidelines, IMO Guidelines regarding The Verified Gross Mass.
  • Once again, we would like to invite you to become familiar with the regulation and to make the preparation as early as possible.

Q&A

Q1: What is the request of the new SOLAS ?

A: SOLAS requires that shipper showing in the bill of loading is responsible for ensuring that the verified gross mass in communicated in the shipping documents sufficiently in advance to be used by the ship’s master or his representative and the terminal representative in the preparation of the ship stowage plan. In the absence of the shipper providing the verified gross mass of the packed container, the container should not be loaded on to the ship.

Q2: When is the execution time of the new SOLAS ?

A: On Nov 21, 2014 the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee announced that the new Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) will become effective from July 1, 2016.

Q3: Who is responsible to submit the VGM in the new SOLAS regulation?

A: The shipper showing in the bill of loading or the entity authorized by the shipper is responsible to provide the VGM.

Q4: How to obtain the VGM ?

A:1. Weighing the packed container using calibrated and certified equipment

   2. Weighing all packages and cargo items, including the mass of pallets、dunnage and other securing material to be packed in the container and adding the tare mass of the container to the sum of the single masses, using a certified method approved by the competent authority of the State in which packing of the container was completed

Q5: Will there be a template to submit VGM?

A: Unfortunately not. VGM has to be submitted according to above method (Q4)with the signature of shipper or the person duly authorized by shipper.

Q6: What is the penalty for not complying with the new regulation?

A: Please strictly comply with the new regulation, otherwise all the extra cost、risk and consequence will be taken by shipper.

Q7: When will Our Company issue a global customer advisory on VGM?

A: The first Version is issued on Mar 23, 2016.

Q8: When is the cut-off time for submitting VGM to our company?

A: The VGM CUT-OFF time should be 24hours prior to the vessel arrival, but every port may adjust the time according to the local process.

The VGM CUT-OFF will be displayed on www.coscon.com and your Booking confirmation.

Q9: How to submit the VGM ?

A: You may submit the VGM through following channels:

-VERMAS (EDIFACT) message

– or via E-SI (but it only be acceptable before VGM CUT-OFF time)

– or via our official website

– or Mail/ FAX / Hardcopy

Below items are mandatory when you submit the VGM:

-Booking No. or B/L No.

-Container No.

-Verified Gross Mass (VGM)

-Weight Scale (MT/KGS/LBS)

-Signature (Responsible Party)

-Authorized Person

Q10Who can provide the VGM?

A: Shipper can provide the VGM by own mean, or nominate a third party also. But an authorization in writing has to be given to carrier. Our company does not verify the authorization and all risks arising from VGM information will be borne by the shipper.

Q11: What is the process of VGM data transmission?

A: The general process of VGM data transmission is “Shipper( or nominated 3rd party) Carrier Terminal

If the customer nominates the terminal VGM service, the process should be “Terminal Shipper Carrier.

Q12: Will our company offer a weighing service?

A: Unfortunately not. Currently our company does not have such weighing service.

Q13: Would the terminal accept container gate-in without VGM ?

A: Yes.

The VGM must be submitted before VGM CUT-OFF, otherwise this container should not be permitted to load on the vessel. And the shipper will be responsible for all the consequences arising therefrom.

Q14: Is VGM mandatory if the GROSS WEIGHT has already been marked on the bill of loading? What is the difference between the Gross weight and VGM

A: Yes. No matter the Gross weight provided or not, the VGM is always mandatory.

Difference:

-Scope of application: The GROSS WEIGHT is applied to trade business such as customs declaration, B/L making etc. VGM is applied to vessel stowage plan according to IMO new SOLAS.

-Definition

Gross weight means cargo’s gross weight.

VGM means cargo items, including the mass of palletsdunnage and other securing material to be packed in the container and adding the tare mass of the container to the sum of the single masses.

Q15: Does shipper have to submit VGM with documentation?

A: Shipper can provide VGM with document or submit it separately, but it should comply with the VGM CUT-OFF time.

In order to avoid the risk of VGM data transmissionother errors and miss loading, it is strongly recommend the shippers to provide the VGM as early as possible.

Q16: Will the VGM amendment be acceptable by our company?

A: Acceptable.  The original date can be updated but all the risks and consequence should be taken by shipper.

Q17: How to find the container tare weight?

A: All the tare weight can be found on the container.

Q18: What is the tolerance of VGM declared by the shipper?

A: Shippers have to provide an accurate weight according to the IMO new SOLAS.

Q19: How to process the discrepancy between the VGM declared by the shipper and the real weight:

A: We will ask the shipper to re-verify the VGM only in exceptional circumstances.

If the discrepancy exceeds ±5% or 1 ton (whichever is the smaller), the VGM should be updated accordingly, and all the consequences arising therefrom should be taken by the shipper.

Q20What is the requirement on transshipment units?

A: The VGM of transshipment units are also mandatory. Only the full container which has the VGM can be transshipped on the connecting vessel.

If the VGM has been submitted at the port of loading, our company will be responsible to relay it to transshipment port.

If you have any question on this new rule, please see our official website or contact your local COSCON office.

We will keep you updated on any developments.

Thank you for your continued support.

COSCON UK Limited