Forum on shipping regulations
South Asia Gateway Terminals, the first private container terminal in
the Port of Colombo hosted members of the Ceylon Association of Shipping
Agents (CASA) and members of the Sri Lanka Association of Vessel
Operators (SLAVO) recently to an interactive forum on the implementation
of the International Maritime Organization's SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM)
regulation at its terminal.
The forum was conducted by Chief Commercial Officer Ted Muttiah, and
General Manager Operations and IT, Cinnamon Grand, Upul Jinadasa and was
attended by about 100 shipping company agents and carrier
representatives. Officials of the Director General of Merchant Shipping
Secretariat (DGMSS) were also present. DGMSS as the government entity
responsible for the implementation and compliance of the protocol in Sri
Lanka, had already broadcast its guidelines to the industry.
Under the International Maritime Organization (IMO) convention, the
responsibility for providing the shipping line with VGM certification
for a shipment lies with the shipper. The shipping line/agent once
satisfied with the VGM received from the shipper will in turn instruct
the terminal via EDI message to load the container to its vessel. The
safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) VGM regulations came to effect worldwide
on Friday, July 1.