Pacific Forum Line Trade Notice: Capitaine Tupaia & Capitaine Kupe Operational Update

Dear Valued Customers,

To align capacity with demand and ensure timely delivery of cargo we wish to advise you of the following network adjustments.

Capitaine Tupaia 002N
To allow connection of peak season cargo from Asia she will perform a double call at Ports of Auckland. The vessel is currently at anchor, berthing for her second call on 23rd October, after which she will proceed on her regular Auckland, Papeete, Auckland rotation.

Capitaine Tupaia 003N
Voyage 003N will call Nuku’alofa after Papeete on an Auckland, Papeete, Nuku’alofa, Auckland rotation.

Capitaine Kupe 015N
Voyage 015N will omit Nuku’alofa and sail Auckland, Apia, Pago Pago, Auckland.

These adjustments will be reflected in our schedules released today, should you have any further questions please contact your PFL representative.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.

Your Sincerely,
Pacific Forum Line

Pacific Forum Line Trade Notice: Mis-declared Cargo Charges

Dear Valued Customers,

As we continue our journey to continually reinforce our safety practices to protect our crew, vessels, and cargo, we would like to inform you that, with immediate effect, we will implement penalties for mis-declared cargo.

Dangerous Goods
A charge of USD 5,000 per container will be imposed upon the shipper and/or consignee for any misdeclaration of dangerous and hazardous goods (DG cargo). Misdeclaration includes but is not limited to incorrect/partial declaration, late declaration, alteration, or omission of such declaration.

Container Weight
A charge of USD 5,000 per container will be imposed upon the shipper for any incorrect declaration of weight.

We also wish to highlight that failure to declare DG cargo constitutes a breach of contract which also violates the applicable law, endangers lives, causes significant economic losses, and adversely affects the operations of the entire supply chain. As such, we require our valued customers to correctly declare all DG cargo.

Please do not hesitate to contact your local Pacific Forum Line Representative if you have any questions.

Yours sincerely,
Pacific Forum Line

Verified Gross Mass (VGM)

To our valued customers,

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is currently conducting compliance sampling of containers to verify that the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) requirements of Marine Order 42 (Carriage, stowage and securing of cargoes and containers) 2016 (‘MO42’) are being met.

AMSA is aware of occasional discrepancies between the declared weight (VGM) and that measured at points in the supply chain to the vessel.

MO42 requires shippers to ensure that the actual gross mass of each container is in accordance with the gross mass declared in the cargo information supplied to the master of the vessel. Further, the legislation specifies two acceptable methods by which the gross mass of a container shall be verified by the shipper:

Method 1: Weighing the packed container using calibrated and certified equipment; or

Method 2: Weighing all packages and cargo items (including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other securing material to be packed in the container), and adding the tare mass of the container to the sum of the single masses.

Both weighing methods require use of calibrated and certified equipment complying with section 10(3) of MO42.

Please be aware of the following:

1.    Which method of verification/weighing was used for containers.

2.    Evidence that the equipment in use is certified and calibrated as required.

3.    Confirmation of meeting requirements of relevant legislation.

AMSA may be following up on these matters when discrepancies are noted.

If you have any questions please contact your local Quay representative.

Kind Regards,

Quay Customer Service Team