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New Verification of Gross Mass (VGM) Requirements


A number of serious containership losses at sea, where misdeclared weights of containers being carried was seen, or at least suspected, to be a primary or contributing cause of the accident, has prompted changes to Rule 6 of the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).

These changes were agreed and adopted by the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) in 2014 and will become legally binding on 1 July 2016. The changes bring about mandatory requirements for shippers on the verification of the gross mass (VGM) of containers in SOLAS signatory countries.

For more information on the changes under the new requirements and what this means for shippers and ports and terminals operators, download our Adviser.