No disruption or delays are expected at the Port of New York and New Jersey on Friday, July 1 when SOLAS amendment will come into force on July 1st, 2016, as port officials said this Wednesday at a panel on SOLAS organized by the New York New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association.
On a typical day, hundreds of containers headed for export enter through the gates, and the port has struggled with bouts of congestion for years. However, Beth Rooney, assistant director in the port department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has assured the business should be as usual.
Rooney’s comment came as industry executives quizzed panelists on a host of detailed SOLAS issues, including the potential for penalties, how the weight of gas in the truck would be factored into the VGM estimate when the entire truck is weighed, and what is the cut off time by which a VGM needs to be supplied to the container line.
The amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea convention, approved by the IMO in 2014, is aimed at cracking down on misdeclared container weights, which have contributed to maritime accidents.
The New York-New Jersey terminals will use readings from pre-existing weight processes done to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules to create the needed VGM. The U.S. Coast Guard in late May made a declaration of equivalency, giving terminals the go-ahead to use existing processes to meet the new rule .
In addition, if a container comes in with a VGM and it is then weighed by the terminal and the two weights differ, the carrier would use the terminal’s weight. Any containers that have arrived to the terminal before the SOLAS rule was in effect would be also weighed.
If you have any questions regarding the SOLAS regulations, please contact RCL Agencies at 973-779-5900.