SOLAS VGM REQUIREMENT

In order to address safety problems at sea and on shore arising from container shipments that have

incorrect weight declarations, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted amendments to the

Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention and will enter in to force on July 1st, 2016.


At this time, the verification of the gross weight (VGM) of a packed export container will be required

before the container is loaded aboard a ship.


The responsibility for obtaining and documenting the verified gross weight (VGM) of a packed container lies with the shipper.

container lies with the shipper.


The SOLAS regulations provides two methods by which the shipper may obtain the VGM of

a packed container.


Method No. 1:

• After packing and sealing a container and using calibrated and certified equipment, the

shipper may weigh, or have arranged that a third party weigh, the packed container.

The scale, weighbridge, lifting equipment or other devices used to verify the gross mass of

the container must meet the applicable accuracy standards and requirements of the State in

which the equipment is being used.


Method No. 2:

• The shipper (or, by arrangement of the shipper, a third party) may weigh all packages and

cargo items, including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other packing and securing material

to be packed in the container, and add the tare mass of the container to the sum of the

single masses of the container’s contents.

The weighing equipment used to weigh the contents of the container must meet the

applicable accuracy standards and requirements of the State in which the equipment is

being used.


Furthermore, a container that does not have a verified gross weight will not be loaded onboard the

vessels.

We will continue to keep you updated of any changes to this requirement.

More information can be found at: http://www.worldshipping.org/industry-issues/safety/cargo-eight

which include a FAQs page


Please be advised that when providing your VGM we ask that you break down the weight to cargo weight

and container Tare weight separately.


Should you have any questions, please contact your local Gold Star Line Ltd Representative who will be

happy to assist.




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