VGM / SOLAS Information

VGM / SOLAS

SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) – VGM (Verified Gross Mass) = Total Weight of Cargo, Loading Aids, Dunnage and Tare of Container to become effective July1st, 2016

Major incidents and accidents, resulting from overweight containers, have prompted the international shipping community to take action in order to prevent incorrect weight declarations. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) in collaboration with industry representatives has, therefore, adopted specific rules as part of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention.

The so-called “VGM” (Verified Gross Mass”) requirements will impact the communication, infrastructure and processes of all participants in the supply chain. The time for having the “VGM” methodologies and requirements implemented is short and SIS India is closely cooperating with its partner carriers and e-commerce hubs in order to have efficient and reliable global communication standards and processes in place.

Please refer to below links for further reference:

1. http://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/Safety/Cargoes/Containers/Pages/Verification-of-the-gross-mass.aspx

2. http://www.worldshipping.org/industry-issues/safety/cargo-weight

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