Swiss shipping giant MSC and maritime shipping portal INTTRA announced a new partnership to introduce a customer-friendly solution to new container weight safety regulations. Under the agreement, MSC will use INTTRA's eVGM software as a channel for receiving verified gross mass (VGM) submissions from shippers.
As of July 1st, under the International Maritime Organization's Safety of Life at Sea amendment (SOLAS VGM), no container will be cleared to be loaded onto a ship until the shipper or its designee provides a verified weight to the carrier.
"We are pleased to partner with INTTRA to implement their innovative 'eVGM' software on a global basis," said Fabio Catassi, chief technology officer of MSC. "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 minimize potential disruption to our customers' shipments and additional costs associated with terminal storage or transportation."
In addition, MSC has joined INTTRA's eVGM Initiative - a non-commercial group of over a dozen leading carriers, freight forwarders, and terminals. INTTRA launched the initiative to express a preference for digital transmission of VGM and establish common technology and business
process standards for it across the industry.
"We are happy to partner with MSC in globally adopting INTTRA's eVGM for Carriers platform, and we appreciate that they are adding their expertise to the eVGM Initiative," said INTTRA CEO John Fay. "MSC is taking a strategic step to embrace our eVGM solution on a large scale and is an early leader in using technology to resolve the changes that SOLAS VGM has created for the industry."
INTTRA's eVGM software - available in two versions, for carriers and shippers - offers a standardized approach, a high level of flexibility and reporting capabilities. It helps to achieve SOLAS VGM compliance in time for implementation of the amendment and reduce disruption to existing business processes. It can also facilitate transmission of VGMs from carriers to terminals - another step required before a container can be loaded - and provide the necessary audit reporting.