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Reminder: SOLAS Effective 01/07/16


Geest Line take seriously the need to ensure the safe transportation of your cargo, and to provide a safe working environment for anyone involved with handling our loaded containers both at sea and landside. Geest Line intend to be compliant to this new legislation at all ports and terminals we operate from.

Under the amended version of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) convention regulation 2 of chapter VI which mandates the Shippers responsibility to declare to the Shipping Line and/or Terminal Authorities the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of a packed container before loading onboard a vessel effective any sailing on/after 1st July 2016.

Containers ex UK

Unless Geest Line are advised in writing by the Shipper (or their authorized representative, the person responsible for declaring the VGM) that they intend to supply the VGM direct to Geest Line, Geest Line will arrange to obtain the VGM via Method 1 at Shippers convenience, expense and risk by weighing the container on arrival at the terminal. The VGM will be obtained using calibrated lifting equipment and issued by the terminal operators (MMD) to Geest Line. The VGM will then be supplied to the Shipper (or their authorized representative) at earliest opportunity for any shipping paperwork to be corrected accordingly and requested to confirm acceptance of the VGM prior to loading to vessel.

Where discrepancies exist we will contact Shippers (or their authorized representative, the person responsible for declaring the VGM) on a case by case basis to resolve any issues.

The cost per container for this operation/administration service will be £19.50 per container. Where Shippers provide their own VGM to Geest Line this charge will be waived, however an admin/check charge will be incurred of £5.00 per unit.

Should you require any further information or clarification please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0) 1489 873 511

Geest Line UK Customer Service Department

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