Second-largest Russian Terminal Prepares for Container Weighing

Global Ports Investments PLC, the leading operator of container terminals in the Russian market, has completed the preparation of information systems and processes of its terminals to comply with the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) requirement of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

First Container Terminal, part of Global Ports Holding, is the first Russian container terminal to announce a plan to provide container weighing service to help shippers meet the new amendment to the IMO’s Safety of Life at Sea convention.

The IMO requirement that enhances container weight control will be effective as of July 1, 2016 pursuant to the amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) and is designed to ensure safety of vessels, as well as loading and unloading operations at ports.

FCT expects the weighing of the container to obtain the VGM will take between eight and 10 minutes. Requests for cargo verification should be submitted prior to the delivery of a container to the terminal.

The terminal plans to install a second  set if scales over the next few days to avoid any delays in verification. The VGM certificate will be issued immediately in an electronic form with electronic signature. The terminal will announce the cost of the service in early June.

The FCT terminal at Big Port of St. Petersburg joins a growing group of container terminals, ranging from those in the U.S. to Asia facilities, that will help shippers meet the global rule. The charges planned for the service range from nothing to more than $100 per container.

Global Ports’ terminals are located in the Baltic and Far East Basins, key regions for foreign trade cargo flows. Global Ports operates five container terminals in Russia (Petrolesport, First Container Terminal, Ust-Luga Container Terminal and Moby Dik in the Baltics, and Vostochnaya Stevedoring Company in the Russian Far East) and two container terminals in Finland (Multi-Link Terminals Helsinki and Multi-Link Terminals Kotka). Global Ports also owns inland container terminals Yanino Logistics Park and Logistika-Terminal, both located in the vicinity of St. Petersburg, and has a 50% stake in the major oil product terminal AS Vopak E.O.S. in Estonia.

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