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SAJ/MAJ hold new container weight rules seminar for JCC, truckers

Published:Tuesday | June 14, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Rear Admiral Peter Brady, the Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) shares the latest information regarding local implementation of the pending SOLAS regulations.

The Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) continues to partner with the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) in disseminating the relevant information about the pending change to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention adopted by the International Maritime Organisation.

These changes require the shipper named on the ocean bill of lading to provide the container carrier and the terminal operator with the verified gross mass of a packed container.

The MAJ is the agency with statutory responsibility for the regulation and development of shipping in Jamaica and is the focal point for the local implementation of the SOLAS Convention.

The seminar held last week is one of a series being facilitated by the SAJ in order to prepare stakeholders in the local supply chain for the coming changes. This one was held at the SAJ and involved the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, the Port Haulage Association of Jamaica, exporters and representatives from the shipping lines and the terminals operating out of the Port of Kingston.

The well-attended meeting heard a presentation from the MAJ and learned what some of the shipping lines require as VGM certification.

A similar seminar will also be held with the Jamaica Manufacturers Association as part of the SAJ/MAJ sensitisation campaign.