In order to enhance maritime safety and reduce dangers throughout ocean freight transports, International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention, Chapter VI Regulation 2 – regarding mandatory Verification of the gross mass of a container carrying cargo (packed container) together with associated guidelines published as MSC.1/Circ. 1475.

Effective 1 July, 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will start enforcing the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), all loaded containers are required to have a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) declared by shippers prior to loading on the vessels for export.

Below you can find some useful links regarding SOLAS (VGM)

IMO – Advice regarding verification of gross mass of packed containers

IMO – Advice to Administrations, Port State Control Authorities, Companies, Port Terminals and Masters regarding the SOLAS requirements for Verified Gross Mass of packed containers. (MSC.1/Circ.1548)

IMO – SOLAS container mass verification requirements

WSC – IMO Requirement for Container Weight Verification

WSC – The SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement

WSC – Safe Transport of Containers by Sea Industry Guidance for Shippers and Container Stuffers

WSC – Guidelines for Improving Safety and Implementing the SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirements