Effective July 1, 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will enforce the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) requirements regarding the verification of the gross mass of packed containers.
“A packed container will not be allowed to be loaded on board vessels to which the SOLAS Convention applies unless the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of the container has been provided to the ship’s master or his representative and to the terminal or its representative sufficiently in advance to allow for the edition of the loading plan.”
The responsibility for obtaining and documenting the VGM of a packed container lies with the shipper.
The VGM means the total gross mass of a packed container which can be obtained by one of the two methods described below:
Additional information can be found at the below links:
CVI will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on the practical implications of the requirement as they become available. Please contact your CVI customer service representative with any questions.