Industry Issues

Middle East, Asia and Australia

Geography Designated Authority Guidelines & Regulations Information Contact(To send email replace AT with @)
Australia Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Marine Order 42 implementing SOLAS VGM

Explanatory Statement for Marine Order 42

General information and updates

Mr. David Anderson, Head of Section, Cargoes & Technical Ship Inspection & Registration, Ship Safety
TEL: +61 2 6279 5070

China PRC Maritime Safety Administration

1) Final guidelines (Official version in Chinese only)

2) English translation (unofficial version)

Song Ming, Department of Dangerous Goods Management and Pollution Prevention
TEL: +86 10 65292873
Hong Kong SAR Hong Kong Marine Department

New General  Information Page, includes FAQs, list of approved scales, and other key information

Notice on authorized method of obtaining VGM

Notice of intent to enforce in practical and pragmatic manner

Marine Industrial Safety Section

Hong Kong Marine Department

India Mercantile Marine Department, Ministry of Shipping

M.S. Notice No. 4 of 2016 - Final Guidelines

Modifications for a practical and pragmatic approach

MSN No. 9 on VGM  Extension until Nov. 30, 2016

M.S. Notice No. 15 on VGM Extension until March 31, 2017. Further extension will not be considered.

Capt. L.K. Panda, Nautical Advisor Directorate General of Shipping
Singapore Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Shipping Circular 12-2016 (5/27/2016) Mr. Calvin Lee, Senior Marine Surveyor (Shipping Regulation and Development)
TEL: +65 6375 6296
Mr. Peijun Zhuo, Senior Port Chemist (Marine Environment and Safety)
TEL: +65 6325 2451
Japan Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

1) Introduction of new system - ENGLISH

2) Two revised ministry ordinances - JAPANESE

3) Full text of guidelines - JAPANESE


+81 3 5253 8111 (extension 44 - 176)

Malaysia Marine Department of Malaysia Guidelines issued

Marine Department of Malaysia
TEL: +03 3346 7777

New Zealand Maritime New Zealand

1) General guidance & information

2) Questions & answers

Mr. Victor Lenting
MNZ Standards

Philippines Philippines Port Authority (PPA)

Guidance - Cebu only (CPA Administrative Order 02/3026)

Guidance - all other (non-Cebu) ports   (Memorandum Circular 23/2009)

Supplemental Guidance - all other (non-Cebu ports)   (PPA Adminstrative order 04/2016)




South Korea Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries

General information and summary of rules