The new Solas regulation will be in effective 1st July 2016.
All export containers need to be weighed in accordance with Solas regulations, before the container can be loaded onto the vessel.
The verified gross mass (VGM) needs to be transmitted to the shipping line. The VGM can be either computed by weighing each single cargo and the lashing material OR by weighing the whole container.
The determined VGM needs to be transmitted to the shipping line before the stowing plan has been started in order to be loaded onto the vessel. Should the transmitted weight not be in accordance with the “Solas Weighing Instructions” then the shipment might be postponed and additional costs will arise.
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