Global integrated logistics company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) has adopted electronic transaction software platform and information provider Inttra’s eVGM service for its container fleet.

With the adoption of eVGM services, HMM will be to comply with the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) safety of life at sea (SOLAS) verified gross mass (VGM) amendment.

IMO’s new rule, which became effective on 1 July this year, requires every container to obtain a VGM or certified weight in order to gain clearance to be loaded onto a ship.

"Many of HMM’s customers are already using INTTRA eVGM."

Hyundai Merchant Marine global CS team deputy general manager John Kim said: “We have been working in partnership with INTTRA for many years and are pleased to announce the broadening of our relationship to include the SOLAS compliance service.

“A major benefit will be connecting directly with key customers through a variety of channels, including EDI, XML, the web and mobile devices.”

Currently the company operates a fleet of 130 vessels, which includes bulk carriers, trampers, container carriers, liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, and special product carriers.

Inttra Asia president Jim Whalen said: “Many of HMM’s customers are already using INTTRA eVGM.

“By joining the eVGM network, HMM will provide those customers and additional shippers on the network with simplicity and efficiency in submitting VGM information, facilitating even better customer service.”

Currently, the company’s eVGM service is available in two varieties, including one for carriers and the other for shippers.

The shipper version of eVGM includes a SaaS web application submission for simple work-flow based data entry forms.