Did you know that the IMO passed an amendment to SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) requiring verification of container weights?
Starting from 1st July 2016, 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