There is a lot of noise in the recent past about SOLAS VGM and Verified Gross Mass.. What is it..??
Well, misdeclaration of container weights has been an issue that has been going on for a long time and has plagued many a shipping line and port..
As you may be aware, in November 2014 the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) amended SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea convention) Chapter VI Regulation 2 to tighten up the process of weighing containerised cargoes and declaring the correct weights after verification..
There has always been a requirement in SOLAS to declare the gross mass of cargo and containers, but the VGM rule adds an extra level requiring verification of the mass.. This is to ensure that the mass declared is a true reflection of the gross mass of the packed container, in order to avoid injury, cargo damage, loss of containers, and so on..
Since then there have been several documents and notices in circulation relating to the new container weight verification regulation which is expected to come into effect from July 2016..
But a lot of people don’t really understand how it will all work and what SOLAS VGM is and what this regulation means to the day to day shipping industry..
Hence I decided to do an infographic that gives a pictorial depiction of
- What is SOLAS VGM (Verified Gross Mass) / Container Weight Verification..??
- How this verification process is expected to work..??
- Why is this so IMPORTANT..??
- How it is about to affect day to day shipping but at the same time make shipping safer for everyone..??
This infographic speaks about verified gross mass, how it will work and the steps involved..
What do you think about this new regulation..?? Will it work as expected..?? Pls share your views..
- International Maritime Organisation
- Container weight misdeclaration archives from Shipping and Freight Resource
- Download FAQs and answers compiled by industry experts from WSC, the TT Club, ICHCA by clicking on the links