SOLAS VGM (Verified Gross Mass) is effective as from 1st of July 2016.
VGM is required for containers shipped by sea.
Solas (Safety of Life at Sea) basic principles
- Before a packed container can be loaded onto a ship, its weight must be determined through weighing of the container or declaration by the loader of cargo weight determined by calibrated weighing equipment– A verified weight is a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship. No verified weight means no load.
- Estimating weight is no longer acceptable.
- The Shipper on the Bill of Lading has the responsibility to forward the verified gross weight to the carrier or forwarder.
- Two permissible methods for weighing:
– Method 1: use a calibrated & certified weigh bridge
– Method 2: prove the weight by a certified calculation method; the weight of the cargo, other cargo items (pallets etc) and the tare weight of the container have to be declared.
- Margin of error with calculation method:
– For containers with a total weight up to 10.000 kilos, a margin of maximum 500 kilos is allowed
– For containers with a total weight of more than 10.000 kilos, a maximum margin of 5% is allowed
Method 1 and method 2
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