SOLAS VERIFIED GROSS MASS LEGISLATION

Effective 01/07/2016


Verified Gross Mass (VGM) is a worldwide legislation that has been implemented by SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) to prevent incidents as a result of mis-declared cargo weight.
 
From the 1st July the shipper of an export container is required to provide a verified gross mass to the ships master or their terminal representative before it can be loaded on board a vessel.
 
WHAT IS VERIFIED GROSS MASS (VGM)?
  • Verified Gross Mass means that the weight of each packed container must be proven. 
  • This Verified Gross Weight must not only consider the masses of all packages and cargo items, but also the container tare and all additional loading equipment (e.g. lashing material).
 
HOW CAN VERIFIED GROSS MASS (VGM) BE DETERMINED?
There are two methods of determining a VGM in accordance with the new SOLAS regulation:
 
METHOD 1: WEIGHING
  • After it has been completely packed and sealed, the container can be weighed. Weighing can be performed by the shipper or by a third party contracted by the shipper.
  • Any scale, weighbridge, lifting equipment or other devices used to verify the gross mass of the container must meet the applicable accuracy standards and requirements of the state in which the equipment is being used.
 
METHOD 2: CALCULATING
  • All packages and cargo items may be weighed individually (including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other packing and securing material) and must be added to the tare of the container visible on the exterior of the container.
  • The shipper or, by arrangement of the shipper, a third party may weigh all packages and cargo items, including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other packing and securing material to be packed in the container, and add the tare mass of the container to the sum of the single masses of the container’s contents.
 
FULL CONTAINER LOADS (FCL):
The shipper is always responsible for the verification of the gross mass of a container as well as for ensuring that the VGM is communicated to the carrier. The carrier itself is not obliged to cross-check the VGM received. Independent of the party verifying and sending the VGM, it remains in the responsibility of the shipper that the carrier and terminal operator receive the information in time.
 
LESS THAN CONTAINER LOADS (FCL):
The Knights of Old Group offer the service of weighing and verifying weights for export of Less Than Container Load (LCL) shipments.
 
WHAT IF THE VGM EXCEEDS THE MAXIMUM PAYLOAD:
Containers exceeding the maximum payload indicated on the Safety Approval Plate and which are subject to the International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC) will not be loaded onto the vessel.
 
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES OF A VGM NOT BEING AVAIALBLE:
A container without a VGM is prohibitted from being loaded onto the vessel until its VGM has been obtained.
 
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SUBMITTING THE VGM TO THE CARRIER:
The shipper is always responsible for the verification of the gross mass of a container as well as for ensuring that the VGM is communicated to the carrier, even if the shipper is contracting a third party to handle their loading, otherwise the container will not ship.
 
TOLLERANCE:
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has set an enforcement tolerance of ±5% or ±500kg, whichever is the greater value to avoid disruption within the supply chain. This value is for enforcer’s guidance only and it is the shipper’s responsibility to be as accurate as possible.
 
SOLUTIONS:
The Knights of Old Group can provide terminal weighbridge solutions at port of loading at nominal additional costs.
 
Enquire now about SOLAS VERIFIED GROSS MASS (VGM) solutions
+44 (0)1536 533522 or email airandocean@knightsofoldgroup.com
 
 


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