Europe and Africa

Geography Designated Authority Guidelines & Regulations Information Contact(To send email replace AT with @)
Belgium Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport - Maritime Transport

Overview Presentation (English)

Draft circular on VGM legislation (English)

Bulgaria Executive Agency Maritime Administration    
Cyprus Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism    
Denmark Danish Maritime Authority

1) Overview

2) Method One Guidelines

3) Method Two Guidelines

4) Final order implementing SOLAS regulations.

5) FAQs

Mr. Steen Moller Nielsen
Senior Advisor
TEL: +45 72 19 63 76
Finland Finnish Transport Safety Industry Guidelines issued. Mr. Jyrki Vahatalo
Special Advisor
TEL: +358 29 534 6470
France Ministry of Transportation Regulation issued. (French only)  
Germany Federal Ministry of Transportation and Digital Infrastructure, Ship Safety Division

1) General Information

2) FAQ - Safety and Security - VGM

Mr. Thomas Crerar
TEL: + 49 40 36 13 77 44
Ireland Marine Survey Office (MSO) of the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport Marine Notice Issued Feb 2016

Marine Survey Office
TEL: + 353 678 3400

Israel Administration of Shipping & Ports, Ministry of Transportation

Final Guidance Issued

IMOT Letter (Hebrew)

IMOT Letter (English)

Captain Igal Maor
Head of Shipping & Ports Administration
TEL: +972 4 863 2100

Italy Italian Coast Guard ( In Italian) Coast Guard Decree No. 447/2016 containing SOLAS Implementation Guidelines  
Jordan Jordan Maritime Commission    
Kenya Kenya Maritime Authority    
Malta Transport Malta    
Montenegro Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Transport    
Morocco Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP)    
Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment Regulation and guidelines (Dutch) Mr. Bob Oudshoorn
TEL: +31 (0) 70 456 1650
Norway Norwegian Maritime Authority Draft legislation and guidance (Norwegian)  
Poland Ministerstwo Gospodarki Morskiej Rules and information (Polish)  
Portugal Institute for Mobility and Transport General information and FAQ (Portuguese)  
Russia Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS) Summary of guidelines from TT Club  
Slovenia Maritime Division of the Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure    
South Africa South African Maritime Safety Authority

UPDATED: Guidelines on Implementation (Marine Notice 30)

UPDATED: Method 2 Guidelines (Marine Notice 31)

MN 34 on Transshipments effective Oct. 1, 2016

Marine Notices
TEL: +27 12 307 3006
Spain General Directorate of the Merchant Navy

Resolution of the General Directorate of the Merchant Navy (Spanish)

Spanish National Accreditation Entity (English)

Sweden Transportstyrelsen/The Swedish Transport Agency Notice and information (Swedish)  
Turkey Karayolu Duzenleme Genel Mudurlugu Rules and information (Turkish)  
United Arab Emirates      
United Kingdom Maritime Coastguard Agency

1) Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Marine Guidance Note MGN 534 (M+F).

2) FAQs

3) Approved VGM Verifiers

Mr. Keith Bradley
Hazardous Cargo Adviser
TEL: +44 (0) 23 8032 9141