Tomorrow, July 1st a new International Maritime Organization rule goes into effect that requires container lines to receive verified gross mass declaration before loading a container onto a ship. The amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea convention, approved by the IMO in 2014, is aimed at cracking down on misdeclared container weights which have contributed to maritime accidents.
The attached table provides the latest information on NW Seaport Alliance Marine Terminals position on SOLAS and how export containers will be handled at the gate.
We do encourage shippers to also check with the ocean carriers for their actual policy on procedures when submitting a VGM to the ocean carrier.
Below is a link to access The Northwest Seaport Alliance terminal update for 6/30/16.
Please note that this is for informational purposes only. You are encouraged to check with your service providers for detailed information.
***July 4th and 5th - ALL NWSA TERMINALS CLOSED***
Normal gate operations are expected to resume Wednesday, July 6th. Please plan accordingly.
Pierce County Terminal (PCT): CLOSED
Olympic Container Terminal (OCT): CLOSED
Husky Terminal: CLOSED
Washington United Terminal (WUT): CLOSED
East Blair (EB1 - breakbulk): CLOSED – contact customer service at 253-383-9424 (exports) or 253-383-9429 (imports)
On Thursday, July 7, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union will "stand down" from 11 a.m. to noon for an "Hour of Solidarity" in recognition of safety and those who have lost their lives in the industry. Please plan accordingly.