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20 Jun 2016


SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) – Verified Gross Mass (VGM) New Regulation with effect from 1st July 2016.                                                                              Issue date 20.06.16

As the new implementation of compulsory weighing of full load containers comes into effect from July 1
st we thought it timely to give a summarised overview of the methods we will use.


1). Full load containers can either be weighed at the port before shipment or, at the time of loading, the shipper can provide the gross weight of the container and load. This second option requires the loader to have an approved / tested set of weighing scales.

At the time of writing as it appears the UK controlling authority the MCA has yet to be able to approve all those wishing to weigh their own containers and UK ports have uprated their weighing facilities on the container lifting equipment in the light of these changes. It seems therefore, that the most simplistic way to deal with this is to request the port weighs the container at time of booking.

The fees for doing this at the port are GBP 25.00 per container.



2). For shipments of groupage cargo (LCL) the cost has to be amortised across the container therefore we will look to absorb this cost. Of course should the container be check weighed and found to be inaccurate, the weight of individual cargoes may be checked and those found to be at fault would have to bear the costs levied for fines, offload and re-load costs.


Should you have any questions or concerns we would be pleased to answer them. 


Martin Nicholson

Ocean International FS Ltd., Southampton.

SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement

25 Jan 2016


The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has amended the

Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require, as a condition

for loading a packed container onto a ship for export, the container

must have a verified weight. The shipper is responsible for the

verification of the packed containers weight. This requirement will

become legally effective on the 1st July 2016.


The shipper (listed as shipper on the bill of lading or sea waybill) is

responsible for providing the VGM (Verified Gross Mass) to the

carrier in reasonable time prior to vessel loading.


The Scale used for weighing has to be calibrated/certified in

accordance with local/national rules.

The two ways for calculating the VGM

Weigh the packed/laden container

Weight all packages, packaging and dunnage material and add the

tare weight of the container.

Carriers WILL NOT LOAD containers without having a VGM


We will keep you fully informed of developments - please check

back for updates


27 Apr 2015


The latest round of General Rate Increases - set for early May 2015 are set to fail again.


The only option for the shipping lines to stem the 11 weeks of decreases is to lay up vessels, to create

a manufactured space problem in a European market with too many containers and

not enough business.

Company Expansion

15 Mar 2015


Our company is expanding


We are pleased to announce that the company is expanding

We have taken on the adjacent unit for additional warehouse and office space.

New Terminal Open

12 Mar 2014


SCT 5 is now open.


The Hyundai Tenacity is the first vessel to worked at the new 500 metre long berth.


With a depth of 16 metres and with four brand new Liebherr super post panamax cranes the quay is

up and running.

Vessel arrival reliability

05 Mar 2014


Schedule reliability for container lines globally deteriorated last year by 1.1% to 79.5%

Analysis from 200 ports across dozens of trade lanes.

Southampton Container Terminal

05 Mar 2014


Four new gantry cranes are now in position at Southampton Container Terminal and are waiting to

serve the next generation of container ships with the reach of 24 containres across.


The new terminal will be up and running in the spring of 2014


16 Dec 2013


Peak Season surcharge


On top of the General Rate increase imposed on the 15/12/13 - the lines will introduce a

Peak Season surcharge just before Chinese new year - As of the 6/1/14 the lines will impliment

a PSS of USD 300 / TEU

New service for Southampton

18 Oct 2013

New service to call Southampton


The Pacific Atlantic Service (PAX), Gulf Mexico Express (GMX), Gulf Atlantic Express (GAX) services

will change their UK port of call from Thamesport to Southampton.


The first vessel to arrive Southampton will be the Kobe Express  -  ETA 5/11/13


September GRI

13 Aug 2013


September GRI


The Shipping Lines are to impose another General Rate increase for 20' & 40' Containers.


As of the 1st September rates will increase by USD 450 per TEU

Marine Insurance

15 Jul 2013


With the breaking apart and the sinking of the MOL Comfort with 100's of millons of pounds of cargo on board - you

need to check you are fully covered.  We offer full all risk marine insurance - contact us in writing and we will insure your

cargo immediately.

General Rate increase

10 Jul 2013


July & August GRI


The lines have been successful in applying a GRI on the 1/7/13 due to vessel space issues


The July increase has stablised at USD 800 per 20' container - this  will erode during the month to

some degree.  As shippers/consignees tried to get their containers away before the 1st July deadline this have caused

a tempory space issue with overflow of bookngs into July. The lines are trying to capitalise on this by annoucing another

GRI as of the 1/8/13 of USD 500 per 20' container.  This again will cause a repeat of the scramble to get the containers away

before the August 1st deadline.

London Gateway

05 Mar 2013




3 giant quay cranes have arrived in London after a 3 month voyage from China.


The biggest ever to be delivered in the UK, the cranes are 138 metres tall. A further 21 will be delivered once

the construction of the six berths have been completed. The quay once completed will be 2.5 km in length when

the port is fully operational.

US Port Strike

08 Jan 2013


Update on the US east coast Port Strike


Temporary extension


The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service have agreed with Management and Union representatives to a

90 day extension to the existing contract.

Port Strike

19 Dec 2012


US east coast port strike imminent

Three days of negotiations between The International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and their employers ended without agreement to replace the one expiring on the 29/12/12.

With the possibility of no agreement being reached by the 29/12/12 strike action may take place.


Space and equipment are already become tight leading up to the potential labour threat. Where possible we will make arrangements to book and deliver cargo ahead of potential strike action.


Penalties may be incurred due to the shipping lines charging for transfers to different ports.


We will continue to monitor situation and keep you updated with any delelopments as they occur.


18 Dec 2012


The Major lines annouce a GRI (Rate Restoration) on Asia / Europe trade as from 10/1/13


GRI - USD 350 - 20' USD 700 - 40'


19 Nov 2012

GRI to be implimented for Far East / Europe trade from 15/12/12

Container freight rates from Asia to Europe Westbound having reached an un-sustainable level, A General Rate Increase (GRI) of USD 575 / TEU will be effective from December 15th 2012.

CMA CGM Marco Polo

12 Nov 2012


We look forward to the arrival of the largest container ship in the world


The CMA CGM Marco Polo - ETA 9/12/12


World's largest containership enters service

CMA CGM Marco Polo, which entered service this week, is the world’s largest containership.


The 16,000 teu ship which was built at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) yard in South Korea, has impressive dimensions: 396 m long, 54 m wide, and a draft of 16 m.

She is the first of a series of three 16,000 teu ships that will all be named after great explorers, with the other two vessels expected in 2013.



01 Nov 2012


GRI imposed by the shipping lines from the 1/11/12.


26 Apr 2012


Ocean International are pleased to announce that our Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) application has been accepted by Customs.

Further details to follow.

April GRI

30 Mar 2012


Shipping Lines to impose another GRI as of the 1/4/12 - More updates to follow

GRI - Far East / EU

24 Feb 2012


General rate increase to come into effect 1/3/12

Both east and westbound to and from Far East

Rates to be confirmed


10 Feb 2012


We have applied for Approved Economic Operator (AEO) status.

New website now live

31 Jan 2012

We are absolutely delighted to finally announce the completion of our brand new website

With added functionality and an easier user interface, we hope the site provides you with everything you need



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