AMSA releases updated container weight guidelines


AMSA has published the final version of the amended MO42, plus an accuracy standards reference guide

AMSA releases updated container weight guidelines
AMSA says the need for accurate weight declarations is a key safety issue.

 

With the enforcement date of the new Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) export container verified gross mass (VGM) regulations only a few weeks away, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has released the final version of the amended Marine Orders Part 42 (MO42) and an accuracy standards reference guide.

AMSA's proposed accuracy standards for weighing equipment references the National Measurement Institute (NMI) standards for static and mobile (on vehicle) weighing devices.

Under the new container weight verification regulations, the shipper will be required to provide a signed VGM to the terminal and the vessel authority prior to loading of the container.

The new rules will come into effect July 1.

AMSA CEO Mick Kinley says the need for accurate weight declarations is a key safety issue.

"Incorrectly declared weights can result in container collapse, personal injury and damage to equipment," Kinley says.

"These amendments to the International Safety of Life at Sea Convention will improve safety in global shipping and AMSA is pleased to be playing its part in ensuring a safe industry for all."

The Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA) has reminded stakeholders that the shipping lines servicing Australia, container terminals and 1-Stop will require the VGM information to be included in the Pre-Receival Advice (PRA) starting June 22.

This will ensure that containers in terminals or the ones being transhipped across overseas ports from July 1 will have the required VGM information, CTAA explains.

Earlier this week, CTAA raised concern that the industry has yet not properly understood the new container weight rules.

CTAA says it is taking steps to help stakeholders understand the new regulations including, in-house training sessions, and working with equipment handling experts and technology providers for specialised knowledge.

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