Awards for MSC GHANA
What is VGM?
Verified Gross Mass or VGM refers to the exact, verified weight of a packed container. For safety reasons, vessel operators can only load a container if its weight has been verified.
In line with Safety of Lives at Sea (SOLAS) regulations, we request all our export customers to provide VGM certificate before cargo is loaded. Customers use third party VGM service providers to weigh their containers.
What to include in VGM instructions
You must include the following on all VGM instructions:
How to submit VGM instructions
VGM instructions should be submitted on myMSC (free of charge).
As per general MSC rules and subject to the destination of the shipment, the following are prohibited:
In line with Ghana's obligations under the Montreal Protocol and The Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2008 (L.I.1932), the government of Ghana has completely banned the import of used refrigerators, used fridge-freezers, used freezers and used refrigeration compressors (motors). Booking agents should immediately stop accepting such cargo to Ghana (Tema and Takoradi) as MSC may be held responsible when discharging containers infringing the law.
Ports and terminals
MSC operates services to and from the following ports and terminals in Ghana, with local teams in each location to support our customers.
|Terminal Name||MSC Code||Port||UNCode|
|GHANA PORT AND HARBOUR AUTHORITIES||GHTEMGP||TEMA||GHTEM|
|MERIDIAN PORT SERVICE LIMITED||GHTEMMP||TEMA||GHTEM|
|GHANA PORT AND HARBOURS AUTHORITY||GHTKDGP||TAKORADI||GHTKD|
|ATLANTIC PORT SERVICES||TBA||TAKORADI||GHTKD|
All MSC local offices provide certified scales to record and verify container weight (verified gross mass or VGM) in line with Safety of Lives at Sea (SOLAS) regulations. VGM instructions are mandatory for all shipments for safety reasons and vessel operators can only load a container if its weight has been appropriately verified. Contact your local MSC team for more information and support.
Last update: 2022-07-06T01:33:00