The International Organization (IMO) has passed an amendment to Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requiring verification of container weights.
Starting from 1st July, a packed container will no longer be allowed to be loaded on board vessels unless its Verified Gross Mass (VGM) has been provided by the shipper named in the Bill of Lading, to the ocean carrier and/or the terminal representative.
With the new regulation:
- The shipper will be the responsible party for providing the VGM
- There will be two permissible weighing methods for determining the VGM
- The terminal operator will be obliged to ensure that only containers with a VGM are loaded on the vessel