SOLAS Verified Gross Mass ~ Effective July 01, 2016

Are you Ready for VGM Implementation? By now most if not all international shippers should have some familiarity with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) ruling concerning the verified gross mass (VGM) amendment going into effect July 1, 2016. Since January 2015, in an effort to make shippers aware of this very important amendment J.W. Allen & Company has periodically sent out newsletters with status updates. For those not yet familiar with the VGM amendment at it's core it instructs the shipper of each international shipment they must affirm and declare in writing the gross…

Read More »

IMO's SOLAS Verified Gross Mass (VGM) Requirement

Posted May 9, 2016
Category Company News
Less Than 60 Days to the July 1st 'No VGM, No Load' Implementation With less than 60 days to go to VGM implementation the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) have made its position on a few things clear. 1. Existing U.S. laws and regulations for providing verified container weights are equivalent to the requirements in SOLAS regulation V1/2. 2. The IMO's SOLAS VGM regulation should be handled as a 'business practice' instead of regulatory enforcement. 3. The carrier is allowed to permit any VGM determination method they choose so long as the VGM is provided using certified scales. 4. The USCG…

Read More »

Container Weight Verification Requirement

Posted February 3, 2015
Category Company News
Effective July 1, 2016 For many years overweight containers have been the subject of trade, industry, insurance, and government concern, and at times to the general public as well after negative occurrences have taken place involving such containers on our streets and highways. In severe cases ocean carriers report overweight or incorrectly declared container weights involve as much as 10% of the total cargo aboard a vessel.  Some carriers report it’s not uncommon for actual cargo weight to be 3-7% greater than declared by the shipper. The term “overweight” carries with it different connotations depending on context which are not…

Read More »

The SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement

Posted January 26, 2015
Category Company News
January 2015  - The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export, that the container has a verified weight. The shipper is responsible for the verification of the packed container’s weight. This requirement will become legally effective on July 1, 2016. After that date, it would be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a vessel if the vessel operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container weight. The SOLAS amendments provide that…

Read More »