SOLAS Convention - July 1st 2016

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SOLAS CONVENTION
The verified Gross Mass (VGM) Requirement

From July 1st,2016 The International Maritime Organization (IMO) amended the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regarding weight verification requirements,
immediate consequences for the shipper are that as of July 2016, the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) weight of every container needs to be provided to the carrier, before the load list cut-off.

The Verified Gross Mass (VGM) is the weight of the cargo including dunnage and bracing together with the tare weight of the container carrying this cargo

There are two methods of verifying the gross mass of a container carrying cargo.
• Method 1: Weighing
After a container has been completely packed, the container can be weighed.
• Method 2: Calculating
All packages and cargo items may be weighed individually, including dunnage, packing and securing material and added to tare of the container.


It will be the shipper’s responsibility to ensure that the accurate weight is being provided. If no Verified Gross Mass weight has been provided, the container will not be loaded on to the vessel.

ALISPED is helping you to manage and comply with this new convention, contact your local offices.
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