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Exporters - are you ready for VGM?


verweight and mis-declarations of contents of containers has caused serious accidents and incidents such as collapse of stacks, loss of containers from ships and related damage, including damage to and loss of small craft. Overweight containers played a key role in the breakup and beaching of the MSC Napoli in the United Kingdom in 2007, the capsizing of the Daneb, a 500-TEU feeder ship, in the Spanish port of Algeciras in June 2011 and the 3450 TEU M/V Ital Florida lost at least three fully laden containers in severe seas in the Arabian Sea, on her maiden voyage. The new IMO SOLAS (Safety of Life at SEA) Regulation came into effect on 1 July globally, and as of then, non-compliant containers are not allowed port access. Shippers are required to state the Verified Gross Mass on the pre shipment advice documents to the ports for the ships stowage plans. From now on, this document must include, the 3rd party Inspectors (appointed by SAMSA) Accreditation number issued by SAMSA – SA Maritime Safety Authority, the Verified Gross Mass and the Shippers certification, without which containers will not be allowed into the ports, posing a serious problem for exporters. The deadline has passed, yet despite continual information sharing of this, many organisations,

appear to be neither aware, nor yet prepared for this significant change to global container operations. The South African Maritime Safety Authority stated at the end of May that only 7 organisations out of the thousands that export each month had been certified as compliant to VGM. Under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the IMO has agreed on two methods for verifying a freight container’s gross mass: Method 1: Weigh the container

and its contents on a calibrated and certified instrument such as a weighbridge or other piece of suitable equipment. Method 2: Weigh all of the cargo items being packed into the container along with dunnage, securing and lashing materials and the tare weight of the container and aggregate them together to arrive at an aggregated weight. It is vitally important to note that it is the shipper’s responsibility to ensure compliance, hence it is essential for monitoring and enforcement on the

New LEEASA to launch in Durban


he Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of South Africa will be hosting a conference at the Westville Country Club in Durban on 29 July in order to launch the new LEEASA in Durban. The aim of the association is to

inform people on safe lifting, provide training, work with the Department of Labour to make the OHS Act more meaningful and useful, assist with developing good SABS standards in South Africa, and in general, to significantly improve safety and

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safe practices in lifting in this country. The conference is open not only to members of LEEASA but all users of lifting equipment (from cranes, to hoists, to winches to lifting tackle) and other interested parties (eg trainers), and is aimed at informing attendees on a wide range of aspects of lifting, including

roads, as this is the starting point to rail and sea transport. All ports in South Africa are ready to deal with this new legislation. In fact, TPT is ensuring that no container is allowed into the port without the verified gross mass provided on the shipping documents. Port authorities have been instructed to ensure that no exceptions are made and any non-compliant loads will be turned away. TPT and the Department of Transport have conducted a number of road shows and workshops with customers in order to ensure they are all aware of the new legislation, however time will tell over the next few months, as to the level of awareness amongst exporters. For those that do not comply, it has been sugg