Friday, April 8, 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Guidelines of Export SOLAS VGM Implementation July 1, 2016

Guidelines of Export SOLAS VGM Implementation July 1, 2016

Carriers and terminals will begin to request verified gross mass (VGM) on July 1, 2016. This means, each shipper must submit weights prior to in gating at ocean terminals. There are two methods to satisfy this requirement.

• method 1, upon the conclusion of packing and sealing a
container, the shipper may weigh, or have arranged that a
third party weigh, the packed container.

• method 2, the shipper or, by arrangement of the shipper, a
third party may weigh all packages and cargo items, including
the mass of pallets, dunnage and other packing and securing
material to be packed in the container, and add the tare mass
of the container to the sum of the single masses of the
container’s contents.

• In respect of both method 1 and 2, the weighing equipment
used must meet the applicable accuracy standards and
requirements of the State in which the equipment is being used.

We shall keep you informed of additional information as we approach the implementation date.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Possible Evergreen GRI set for May 1, 2016

Evergreen has announced the below :

Effective Date:  May 1, 2016 
All cargoes moving under this tariff are subject to the following amount of General Rate Increase (GRI) as indicated below:

A) For Far East (Except India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh) to USA, Puerto Rico & Canada :

USD 1080/20' container
USD 1200/40' container

USD 1200/40' high cube container & reefer container USD 1519/45' high cube container

We will do our best to mitigate any possible increases.  Please call with questions. Thank you.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Panama Canal News !

The President of Panama announced the opening of the expanded canal is planned for June 26th 2016.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Below are the port closures for US President’s Day Monday, February 15

Friday, 2/12: Red Hook is CLOSED. Monday, 2/15: CLOSED.

APM will be CLOSED on both days. 2/12 and 2/15 All imports that are within free time will be extended by 2 days for these closures

Friday, 2/12: Maher Terminals will be OPEN 6am – 4pm. Monday, 2/15: CLOSED.

GCT Bayonne will be OPEN on Friday and Monday. GCT New York will be CLOSED on Friday and Monday.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Far East to USA - Transpacific Eastbound Carriers file new GRIs effective March 1

Several carriers in the TSA [Transpacific Stabilization Agreement] have filed a new GRI, effective March 1, 2016 at USD 600 per 40' container.

The TSA's fifteen member carriers are: American President Lines, China Shipping Container Lines, CMA CGM, COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Marine, Hanjin Shipping, Hapag-Lloyd AG, Hyundai Merchant Marine, "K" Line, Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping, NYK Line, OOCL, Yang Ming Marine, and Zim Integrated Shipping Services. 

This would affect all carriers in this trade lane. Harborside Logistics will keep you posted of any new developments.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Full operations at PONYNJ

Full operations at PONYNJ are being restored thanks to the expedient efforts of the NYSA and ILA. Gates will open as scheduled 2/1/16

Friday, January 29, 2016

ILA Work Stoppage

According to

Container terminals at the Port of New York and New Jersey were idled Friday morning when International Longshoremen's Association workers walked off the job.

The walkout began about 10 a.m., and reportedly affected all port terminals. Trucking company dispatchers advised drivers to avoid joining queues outside terminal gates.
There was no official confirmation of the cause of the walkout. However, multiple sources said it was due to ILA unhappiness with hiring rules of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, which oversees port hiring.

The ILA walkout came as New York-New Jersey terminals were struggling to catch up after a four-day weekend shutdown from Winter Storm Jonas, and a three-day holiday the previous weekend for the Martin Luther King Day observance. ~  Joseph Bonney

Monday, January 25, 2016

Storm Closings at NY/NJ Sea Ports:

Storm Closings at NY/NJ Sea Ports:

GCT NY and Red Hook Container Terminal (NY&NJ) will re-open at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, Jan 26th. GCT Bayonne, APMT, PNCT & Maher remain closed.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Alert of shipping weight regulations effective July 1, 2016

Alert of shipping weight regulations effective July 1, 2016
Harborside will keep you well informed and updated regarding this forthcoming new regulation.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) will start enforcing the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention requirements regarding the verification of the gross mass of packed containers to ensure the safety of the ship, the safety of workers both aboard ships and ashore, the safety of cargo, and overall safety at sea.
This SOLAS requirement, to take effect from July 1, 2016, will mean that the loading of packed containers will be denied onto a ship unless the verified gross mass of the container has been communicated sufficiently in advance to the ship’s master or his representative and the terminal representative in the preparation of the ship stowage plan. The shipper will be responsible for the verification of the gross mass of a packed container and stating the verified gross mass in the shipping document
The SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement
January 2015
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export, that the container has a verified weight. The shipper is responsible for the verification of the packed container’s weight. This requirement will become legally effective on July 1, 2016. After that date, it would be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a vessel if the vessel operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container weight.
The SOLAS amendments provide that there are two methods shippers may use to determine the container weight once the container packing process has taken place. This requirement will apply globally. Shippers, freight forwarders, vessel operators, and terminal operators will all need to establish policies and procedures to ensure the implementation of this regulatory change.
Because there have been questions about what the specific nature of the SOLAS changes are, the World Shipping Council provides the following basic synopsis of the SOLAS requirement.
Basic Principles Under the SOLAS Requirement
1. Before a packed container can be loaded onto a ship, its weight must be determined through weighing. It is a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container aboard a vessel
2. Under the SOLAS amendments, there are two permissible methods for weighing: Method 1, which requires weighing the container after it has been packed, or Method 2, which requires weighing all the cargo and contents of the container and adding those weights to the container’s tare weight as indicated on the door end of the container.
3. Estimating weight is not permitted. The shipper (or by arrangement of the shipper, a third party) has a responsibility to weigh the packed container or to weigh its contents. Under either Method, the weighing equipment used must meet national certification and calibration requirements. Further, the party packing the container cannot use the weight somebody else has provided, except in one specific set of defined circumstances.
4. A carrier may rely on a shipper’s signed weight verification to be accurate. The carrier does not need to be a “verifier” of the shipper’s weight verification. Nor do the SOLAS amendments require a carrier to verify that a shipper providing a verified weight according to Method 2 has used a method which has been certified and approved by the competent authority of the jurisdiction in which the packing and sealing of the container was completed. However, it is important to note that, for the shipper’s weight verification to be compliant with the SOLAS requirement, it must be “signed”, meaning a specific person representing the shipper is named and identified as having verified the accuracy of the weight calculation on behalf of the shipper.