Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has entered into a partnership with ocean shipping electronic marketplace, INTTRA, to introduce a customer-friendly solution to address the new container weight safety regulations.
As part of the deal, MSC will leverage on INTTRA’s eVGM software as a channel to receive verified gross mass (VGM) submissions from shippers.
The International Maritime Organisation’s Safety of Life at Sea amendment (SOLAS VGM) had released new set of rules which specified the verification of the container weight provided by the shipper or its designee before being loaded into the ship.
MSC chief technology officer Fabio Catassi said: "INTTRA’s eVGM tool will help us to continue to provide superior customer service and make it as easy as possible for our clients to submit VGMs digitally.
"We believe this tool will help minimise potential disruption to our customers’ shipments and additional costs associated with terminal storage or transportation."
The eVGM software is available in two versions for carriers, as well as for the shippers, offering a standardised approach coupled with flexibility and reporting capabilities.
Both the applications will be available in a series of electronic data interchange (EDI) and web service formats and enable the submission of eVGM submission via email.
MSC has also collaborated in INTTRA’s eVGM Initiative, which is a non-commercial group comprising of more than a dozen leading carriers, freight forwarders, and terminals.
The initiative had been promoted by INTTRA to assert their preference or digital transmission of VGM and establish common technology and business process standards for it across the industry.
It facilitates a timely fulfillment of the SOLAS VGM guidelines and hence offers operational continuity.
The software also enables transmission of VGMs from carriers to terminals which is required before a container can be loaded and provide the necessary audit reporting.