15 Jun SOLAS Notification
CONTAINER WEIGHT VERIFICATION – AMENDMENTS TO SOLAS CHAPTER VI – 1ST JULY 2016
The international Maritime Organisation (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) This amendment will become legally effective from the 1st July 2016.
The export shipper is responsible for the verification of the packed container’s weight and this must be provided to the shipping line / terminal in advance of loading the container to the vessel.
Containers can not be loaded without a Verified Gross Mass (VGM).
Methods of Calculation of verified weight
Only two methods are permitted:
- Method 1 – weigh the whole container and contents
- Method 2 – weigh individual items and add this to the dunnage and container weight
Weighing the containers contents under Method 2 is subject to certification and approval by the MCA (Marine and Coastguard Agency). Please see the MCA website for details on how to become approved.
We are now in a position to offer all our customers a solution to weigh their containers at port to provide the shipping lines with the VGM.
There will be a small charge of £35.00 per container or £5.00 per shipment for LCL shipments.
This will therefore mean there is no need for you to register with the MCA to provide us with a VGM. However, you are still required to provide us with accurate weights of your shipments as you have no doubt been doing previously.
Should you require any further advice or information please do not hesitate to contact your local office or our Ocean Director firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTIFICATION SOLAS(2) 02/06/16