Verified Gross Mass – UK Govt Information and Reference documents

Verified Gross Mass resources The website link below to the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency contains various documents and links to information referenced in Marine Guidance Note 534 [MGN 534 (M+F)] – Guidance on the implementation of the SOLAS VI Regulation 2 amendment requiring the verification of the gross mass of packed containers.  

Flexible enforcement of VGM rule comes as a relief to supply chain

The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) call for leniency in enforcement of the verified gross mass (VGM) rule after 1 July contradicts the carrier and terminal message of “no VGM, no load”, but it brings much-needed relief to parties struggling to prepare for the regulation’s implementation. A lack of consistency in the interpretation by authorities around […]

Chinese cargo agents complain of shipper-carrier VGM squeeze

Cargo agents in China, who handle a huge amount of containers exported from the country, are being caught between shippers unwilling to pay verified gross mass (VGM) weighing charges and carriers who will not load boxes without the weight data. From 1 July, in accordance with an amendment to the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of […]

Container shipping industry prepares for new VGM rule

There is a flurry of last-minute reports, instructions, and frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the verified gross mass container weight regulations as the industry gets ready for the rule that will be imposed globally on 1 July. Most of the communications are from the various parties in the container supply chain, offering guidance and clarity […]

How will countries enforce the new SOLAS regulation?

We are now very close to 1st July 2016 when the latest SOLAS Regulation becomes law in most maritime countries and a VGM for containers shipped by sea becomes mandatory. The reasons for the requirements of establishing the VGM [Verified Gross Mass] of containers is fully justified from a ship safety point of view. It […]

Enforcing Container Weights

The question of how the verified gross mass (VGM) of containers will be enforced is front and centre given the looming deadline of 1 July 2016. From this date, the VGM of a container intended for export from the UK has to be declared to the Vessel Operator and Marine Terminal Operator. This video contains […]

Sustainability Goals in the Supply Chain

More companies have moved beyond paying lip service to sustainability to embracing it and tracking its return on investment. Why are more companies embracing the principle of sustainability? What prompted them to move from merely paying it lip service as something ‘nice to do’ to formulating new accounting line items to track its return on […]

Verified Gross Mass

Introduction In the interests of ship safety, a carrying ship should be advised of the actual weight of any container to be loaded and carried by sea. It is necessary to properly calculate a vessel’s stability and the stresses imposed on the ship when the weights loaded are unknown. This necessity has arisen post maritime […]