Revised SOLAS regulation to require ‘verified gross mass’ of packed containers

In November 2014, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee adopted an amendment to SOLAS to require that shippers obtain the ‘verified gross mass’ (VGM) of packed containers and communicate it to the ocean carrier sufficiently in advance of the ship stow planning. Ocean carriers are obliged to use the VGM in the stow plan and, together with the terminal operator, ensure that any container that does not have a VGM is not loaded on a ship. In effect, this is already in a transitional phase; the revised regulation becomes mandatory on 1 July 2016.

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The UK P&I and TT Clubs have compiled a number of publications in response to industry questions relating to the revised SOLAS regulation requiring ‘verified gross mass of packed containers’ which comes into effect on 1st July 2016.

The IMO has amended the SOLAS Convention to require, as a condition for loading packed container onto a ship for export, that the container has a verified gross mass. From the 1st July 2016, the requirement will become mandatory and will apply globally. After this date, it will be  a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a ship if the ship operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container gross mass.

This briefing is issued to alert Members to the above SOLAS amendment coming into force on 1st July 2016. The amendment requires, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export, that the container has a...

4 months to go until the SOLAS convention, requiring as a condition of loading a packed container onto a ship for export, that the container has a verified gross mass enters into force. From 1st July 2016, the requirement will become mandatory and will apply globally.

TT Club Briefings

Since it insures all types of operator in the international supply chain,  The TT Club is in a unique and objective position to support the industry in identifying the complexities of the revised legislation and ensuring that practical solutions are put in place to achieve compliance by 1 July 2016.

On their website the TT Club have a dedicated resource page with the latest information and advice on container weighing.

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