IMO Ends ‘Light Touch’ on Container Weight Verification

By Mike Wackett (The Loadstar) - Tomorrow the IMO’s three-month so-called “light touch” enforcement of the SOLAS revision that all packed containers must have a certified VGM (verified gross mass) before loading on board a ship comes to an end. Industry fears of supply chain chaos on 1 July, when the new VGM regulations came into force, were largely overcome; by education … [Read more...]

IMO’s Container Weight Verification Rule Enters Into Force

A long-awaited new regulation requiring the gross mass of a container to be verified before it is loaded onto a ship enters into force on Friday amid some confusion over how the new rule will be implemented. The new rule, commonly referred to as the verified gross mass requirement, or SOLAS VGM, enters into force July 1, 2016 under the International Convention for the Safety … [Read more...]

IMO: Container Weight Verification Rule – Frequently Asked Questions

Beginning July 1, 2016, the International Maritime Organization's new container mass verification requirements enter into force under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), requiring shippers to verify the actual gross mass of a packed containers before they can be loaded onto a ship. The IMO says that the declaration of the accurate gross mass … [Read more...]