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Local Information > Local News > 2016 > VGM Implementation in Irish Ports
Local News
May 27, 2016

VGM Implementation in Irish Ports

OOCL is pleased to inform customers of local arrangements for VGM submission in Ireland.

Belfast
Coastal  Container Terminal: a weighing service for Method 1 is not being provided by the terminal, so customers must provide the VGM to OOCL. The VGM can be submitted to us via:

  • MOC (My OOCL Center), our MOC Lite phone App, or EDI. Details of our new MOC VGM product will be announced shortly.
  • The Shipping Instruction (SI) which must clearly state the VGM, OOCL BL Shipper Name, and name of authorised signatory. The signature itself is not needed.
    If submitting the VGM via the SI, please be aware the VGM cutoff may be earlier than the SI cutoff - the former could be several days ahead of the SI cutoff for mother vessels sailing from connecting ports.

The VGM cannot be submitted on Booking requests, as the tare weight of the container will at that point still be unknown.  

We will announce VGM cutoff details separately.

Dublin
Ocean Pier: the terminal will not provide a weighing service for Method 1, so customers must provide the VGM to OOCL. Submission method as per Belfast.  

Dublin Ferryport Terminals Ltd (DFT): the terminal will not provide a weighing service for Method 1, so customers must provide the VGM to OOCL. Submission method as per Belfast.

Marine Terminals Ltd (MTL): OOCL is not currently using this terminal.

Cork
Tivoli Terminal: the terminal will not provide a weighing service for Method 1, so customers must provide the VGM to OOCL. Submission method as per Belfast.  


We bring to customers' attention that containers Transshipping in Liverpool or Southampton may have their gross weight spot-checked by these terminals to identify any discrepancies between declared VGM and actual weight. Variances which exceed the tolerance permitted by the relevant competent authorities may be reported back to those authorities.

We remind customers we have a dedicated webpage with information on the latest developments on the new VGM requirements under SOLAS  in our corporate website under ‘Resource Center’.   Customers can stay tuned with us on the latest developments of the VGM implementation as well as local legislative requirements or port terminal guidelines.

The webpage covers the fundamental elements of the SOLAS Convention’s new VGM requirements and OOCL’s support and work towards compliance with our customers.

We respectfully remind customers of the fundamental principle: "No VGM - No Load". Costs for any containers refused loading due to missing or late VGMs will be for the account of cargo.

Should you require further information please contact your local Customer Service or Area Sales Manager who will be happy to assist.

 

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