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Shipping company Maersk reported that it will start charging for discrepancies in the declaration of the weight of the containers, after in January 2020 a difference in the declaration of weight caused the collapse of a row of containers of the Aotea vessel.
Under this scenario, Maersk reported that starting June 15, 2020, it will verify and compare the declared weight with three controls. The first is the discrepancy between the verified gross mass (VGM) and the weight in the shipping instructions is +/- five thousand kilograms; the second will verify if the declared VGM exceeds the allowed payload according to the CSC plate (excluding SOC); and the third is to know if the declared VGM is less than the tare weight of the container.
The company recalled that as of July 1, 2016, with the Solas (Safety of Life at Sea) amendment covering container weighing regulations, it was no longer allowed to load a container onto the ship unless the shipper had provided your VGM to the shipping company and / or port terminal representatives before the loading list deadline.
This regulation was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to increase maritime safety and reduce hazards to cargo, containers and all those involved in the transport of containers throughout the supply chain, after registering various accidents on ships due to deficient pallets due to overweight in containers.
According to the Solas requirement, the shipper who is mentioned within the bill of lading will be the party responsible for providing the VGM to the shipping company and the terminal operator. In the case of Maersk, the flow of VGM information begins from the shipper to the shipping company, which in turn will send the information to the terminal.
In the event that the shipper uses the terminal weighing service to obtain data from the VGM, the information flows from the terminal to the shipper, which in turn sends the information to Maersk.
Danger on board
Since the container weighing measure came into force in 2016, not only do port terminals begin to offer this service to issue the VGM, but various providers outside port facilities have acquired, calibrated and certified scales or machinery to be able to offer the weighing of shippers.
However, the measure was relaxed, at least in the Port of Manzanillo, in Mexico , where the document containing the alleged VGM began to be cloned and the names of some suppliers are placed, without the container even having passed through the scale, according to a businessman who preferred to reserve his identity.
According to the IMO, not correctly declaring the gross mass of full containers can have far-reaching consequences. If a discrepancy between the declared gross mass and the actual gross mass of a full container goes unnoticed, it can have adverse effects on the safety of the ship, seafarers and shore personnel, as it can lead to incorrect decisions in related to the stowage of the ship and the potential fall of container stacks or the loss of containers overboard.
Source: Portal Portuario