May 25 2016
On July 1 2016 Chapter VI, Regulation 2 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) will take effect, requiring verification of the gross mass of packed containers prior to loading on board ships. Where a shipper does not provide the verified gross mass of a packed container, that container will not be loaded onto the ship. Therefore, from July 1 2016 any container leaving from any port in the world must be accompanied by a new document signed by the shipper listing the verified gross mass (VGM) of the container. But is Spain ready for this?
Due to major incidents caused by overweight containers (eg, the structural failure of the MSC Napoli in 2007), on November 2014 the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), in collaboration with industry representatives, adopted amendments to SOLAS. These comprise an IMO-SOLAS mandatory regulatory requirement, requiring national administrations to work in the details and procedures of local implementation. This implementation will be based on Section 6 of the IMO Guidelines, which can be summarised as follows:
The effective date of July 1 2016 is not expected to be postponed. Therefore, shippers should be ready to comply with SOLAS by June 2016 and local and national authorities must implement the VGM into their laws and rules.
The Ministry of Transport is working through the General Directorate of Merchant Marine on a resolution to be published before July 1 2016 providing for practical aspects of the SOLAS amendment, the authorities implementing it and related matters.
For further information on this topic please contact Mercedes Duch at San Simón & Duch by telephone (+34 913 579 298) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The San Simón & Duch website can be accessed at www.lsansimon.com.
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