Terminals have reported no uptick in congestion issues with the July 1st effective date on the new Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) requirement that a verified gross mass (VGM) be reported as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship.
Randy Guillot, President of Triple G Express and Southeastern Motor Freight said, “This whole thing was blown out of proportion, in my opinion. Whether you call is VGM or something else, the shippers have been providing that information sine Day1. They made this a lot more complicated than it needed to be. But we’ve had no issues at the port and no delays for any of our trucks, period.”
In other news, the 10,000 TEU MOL Benefactor will be making its first call at the Port of New York and New Jersey this Friday after passing through the newly opened Panama Canal expansion. This will be the largest containership ever handled at the port.
The MOL Benefactor is to dock at the GCT Bayonne terminal, which is the most highly automated facility at the port complex, and currently the only terminal capable of handling a ship this size. In order for ships to access other terminals at the Port, they must first pass under the Bayonne Bridge. The bridge though must be raised in order to allow clearance for the larger, New Panamax ships, which is not expected until late 2017.