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6/29/2016
SOLAS-regulation of verification

SOLAS-regulation of verification of the gross mass of a packed container effective from July 1st, 2016.
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SOLAS-regulation of verification

Sometimes significant differences between the declared and the actual container weight is a huge security risk for the ship and the crew. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and representatives of this industrial sector reached an agreement to establish a verified gross mass (VGM) as part of the SOLAS-Convention (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) effective from July 1st, 2016.

The responsibility for evaluation and documenting the verified gross weight (VGM) lies with the supplier (in the B/L named shipper). This rule applies from July 1st, 2016 for all types of containers (standard, open top, tank, flat rack, etc.). For out-of-gauge shipments the regulations do apply as long the container (with extra wirth /or extra height) is loading. Furthermore, SOLAS does not apply to break bulk.

Methods to verify the gross mass

Method 1 – weighing the packed container
After the container has been loaded and sealed, the shipper may weigh the loaded containers or take precautions that it is weighed by a third party. Weighing equipment for determining the gross mass necessarily correspond with the government tolerance limit and the accuracy requirements of the country. Estimating the gross mass is not permitted.

Method 2 – weighing all packages and cargo items
The shipper (or a third party at the instance of the charterer) can be certified a method whereby all packages and cargo objects (including pallets, storage materials and other packaging and securing materials that are to be packed in the container) is weighed. Afterwards the tare weight of the container has to be added to the sum of the individual masses.

Transmission of the VGM

We provide you with our VGM form available, for easy transfer of your VGM data.

If questions arise, please do not hesitate to approach your contact person at DACHSER. Additional information on this topic can be found on the website the website of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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