SAFETY OF LIFE AT SEA (SOLAS)

AMMENDMENT TO SOLAS REGULATION VI/2

Please be informed that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has made amendment to SOLAS Regulation VI/2 regarding the requirement of verified gross mass (VGM) on container carrying cargo to be fully enforced on the date assigned. The Regulation requires all packed container to have VGM. Packed container without VGM validation shall not be allowed to be loaded onto a ship.

DATE OF ENFORCEMENT

Amendment to SOLAS Regulation VI/2 above will come into force on 1st July 2016.

SHIPPER RESPONSIBILITY

SOLAS Regulation VI/2 above also requires Shipper to be responsible to prepare VGM information before any container loaded onto a ship for export. Ship may reject any container without VGM information. If the Shipper does not have the facility to weight the packed container, they may do so using the weighing facility available in Sabah Ports’ area subject to payment of rates and charges to be determined by Sabah Ports Authority (SPA) and Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd (SPSB).

STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE (SOP)

Please follow the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) annexed herewith for the implementation of SOLAS Regulation VI/2 amendment without failed. (Refer APPENDIX 1)

SCALE OF RATES AND CHARGES

As has been announced to all port users and shipping community in "SPSB Customer Day" at Kota Kinabalu (05th May 2016), Sandakan (16th May 2016), Tawau (17th May 2016) and Lahad Datu / Kunak (18th May 2016), any weighing of packed containers for the above VGM purposes inside of Sabah Ports area will be charged based on scale of rates and charges as has been announced. Kindly refer to Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd (SPSB) regarding the payment.

For further information, relevant charges will be inserted into "Non-Prescribed Rates and Charges" by Sabah Ports Authority.

VGM RELATED DOCUMENTS

All documents related to VGM from International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Marine Department of Malaysia as listed below shall be read together with this Port Circular and applied accordingly (including its amendments from time to time).

No Document Document Date Download
1 LPPS - Port Circular No. 01/2016 21 June 2016
2 IMO - SOLAS Regulation VI/2 - MSC.1/Circ.1475 09 June 2014
3 IMO - Additional information - MSC.1/Circ.1548 23 May 2016
4 Malaysia Shipping Notice - MSN 02/2016 11 January 2016
5 Malaysia Shipping Notice - MSN 05/2016 03 June 2016
6 Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) - APPENDIX 1 22 June 2016
7 Shipper Registration Form for VGM (Marine Department Malaysia) 03 June 2016
8 SPSB Circular on SOLAS - Trial Period Notice 21 June 2016
9 VGM Form - Method 1 22 June 2016
10 VGM Form - Method 2 22 June 2016