On April 28, 2016, The United States Coast Guard (USCG) issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB Number: 009/16), providing an equivalency to Regulation VI/2 of SOLAS, pertaining to Verified Gross Mass (VGM). In short, the bulletin states that the Coast Guard has determined that existing U.S. laws and regulations for providing verified container weights are equivalent to the requirements in SOLAS Regulation VI/2.
In light of the latest USCG bulletin, The Port of Virginia has revised its stance and will continue to accept containers via gate and rail. This USCG stance allows for The Port of Virginia to provide OSHA-compliant weights to line operators for their potential use in order that they may comply with SOLAS VGM requirements.
“We applaud the recent stance from the United State Coast Guard, as it enables The Port of Virginia to remain committed to providing the highest levels of safety and service,” stated John Reinhart, CEO and executive director at The Port of Virginia. “We have listened to customers’ concerns, and are mindful of the potential impacts to their supply chain. Providing weights, as we have always done, to line operators will keep our throughput high, allay our export customers’ concerns, and help ensure the safety of mariners.”
A more detailed operating policy will be forthcoming. Additionally, The Port of Virginia will issue a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document regarding how we will continue to work with our partners to maintain our compliance with SOLAS regulations.
-The Port of Virginia