SOLAS Verified Gross Mass 101

SOLAS Verified Gross Mass 101

How much do you know about the SOLAS Verified Gross Mass amendments? 

Regardless of how each country enforces it, SOLAS VGM (Verified Gross Mass) will become international maritime law on 1 July 2016 .

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted a new regulation under the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) requiring vessel operators to load only packed containers with shipper-declared VGM, onboard their ships.

SOLAS Verified Gross Mass 101 

Here are the two main mandatory requirements introduced by the SOLAS amendments:

  1. The shipper is responsible for providing the verified weight by stating it in the shipping document and submitting it to the master or his representative and to the terminal representative sufficiently in advance to be used in the preparation of the ship stowage plan

  2. The verified gross mass is a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship.

Source: Verification of the gross mass of a packed container - IMO

In order to address some of the issues formulated by the shipping industry, a coalition of industry experts, -among which the World Shipping Council- has developed and compiled the following guidelines and FAQs:

Stay tuned as we will give more details about this topic in the upcoming weeks!

Find out how the VGM changes have impacted the industry, six months after their implementation.

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            Full Container Load(FCL)

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