Dear valued Customer,
As from 1st July 2016, the new SOLAS regulation about the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) Certification will be enforced and applicable to all containers to be loaded on board.
"A packed container will not be allowed to be loaded on board vessels to which the SOLAS Convention applies unless the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of the container has been
provided to the ship's master or his representative and to the terminal or its representative sufficiently in advance to allow for the edition of the loading plan."
The responsibility for obtaining and documenting the Verified Gross Mass of a packed container lies with the shipper.
The Verified Gross Mass, also known as VGM, means the total gross mass of a packed container, which can be obtained by one of the two methods described below:
· Method #1 - Using calibrated and certified equipment, the shipper or a third party duly appointed by the shipper weighs the packed container at the end of the stuffing
operation once the seal is affixed.
· Method #2 - The shipper or a third party, by arrangement of the shipper, weighs all packages, cargo items, pallets, dunnage and other packing and securing material
and adds the tare mass of the container. The total sum finally obtained is the weight to be provided. This method is subject to certification and approval
by the competent authority of the State in which the packing and sealing of the container was completed.
The present mail intends to clarify what TARROS SPA expects from customers to comply with the above mentioned regulation:
1. The new rules are in force for containers sailing on vessels as from 1st july 2016.
2. when a booking is communicated, shipper must indicate which method he intends to use to certify the VGM.
3. all containers must have the VGM certificate before/when entering the terminal in compliance with the procedure of each Italian loading port. Separate procedural message
will follow in the coming days. Containers must gate in at least 24 hours before vessel's ETA at port of loading.
4. Containers for which the VGM is not available will not be loaded on board and all the relevant costs that should arise (weighing, handlings, port storages, truck idle time etc)
will be debited to the shipper
5. Tarros spa, in order to assist his customers, is able to provide the weighing service in the main called ports or in some inland depots.
In case shipper appoints Tarros to weigh the container at the port or nearby, this option must be mentioned when the booking is settled. In this case the container must gate in at
loading port at least 48 hours prior to vessel arrival. Once the container has been weighed, it is up to the shipper to send the VGM certificate duly filled to Tarros, at least 24 hours
before vessel's ETA at port of loading. Tariffs and indications about the weighing points will follow.
We remain at your disposal for any further information you may need