July 01, 2016: SEKO Logistics is to partner with INTTRA, the world’s ocean shipping electronic marketplace, to submit verified gross mass (VGM) information to shipping lines in compliance with the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) amendments to The Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS), which come into force on July 1, 2016.
Since SEKO continues to see significant growth in its ocean product, it is now conducting training and webinars in the US, Asia and Europe for its staff to submit VGM data through the INTTRA portal in order to make the transition for its customers as seamless as possible.
Jose Quesada, SEKO’s vice president, Ocean Services, says, “The VGM is required in order to prepare the stowage plan of the ship prior to loading and, without exception, it remains the responsibility of the shipper to provide this information to the carrier and terminal operator in reasonable time. SOLAS imposes an obligation on the carrier and the terminal operator not to load a packed container aboard a ship without the VGM for that container. Non-compliance may result in commercial and operational penalties, such as delayed shipments and additional costs. The penalties may involve repacking costs, administration fees for amending documents, demurrage charges, and delayed or cancelled shipments,” he said.
“SEKO understands that, while selecting the right technology is a vital part of the SOLAS VGM compliance process, communication, education and training are also indispensable,” says Inna Kuznetsova, INTTRA’s president and chief operating officer.
INTTRA eVGM customers can transact via EDI, web service, web online or mobile formats.
The IMO mandate is being introduced to enhance maritime safety and reduce dangers throughout ocean freight transportation. The new rule requires a verified weight to be submitted for any packed export container before it can be loaded onto a ship.
Photo: Jose Quesada, SEKO Logistics