Container Weighing Advice Prepared
An industry coalition has released a new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to address issues arising from the new container weighing regulations due to take effect globally on July 1, 2016.
The amendments to the SOLAS Convention require packed shipping containers to have a verified gross mass (VGM) before they can be loaded on a ship for export.
The amendments were adopted by the IMO to enhance maritime safety and reduce the dangers to containerships, their crews, and all those involved in container transport throughout the supply chain.
The FAQs have been developed by the World Shipping Council, the TT Club, the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association and the Global Shippers’ Forum industry coalition in response to numerous questions from shippers, carriers, forwarders and terminal operators about the steps they must take to ensure successful implementation of the new regulations.
This initial FAQs document seeks to clarify how the SOLAS container weight verification requirements will function in various situations. It identifies commercial and operational arrangements that will have to be addressed, and it flags issues that must be dealt with by national governments.
The FAQs are based on actual questions from affected stakeholders, and they will be expanded as new issues emerge. Stakeholders are invited to approach any of the collaborating organizations with additional questions that may come up. Contact details of ‘subject-matter experts’ from each of the organizations can be found at the end of the FAQs document.
The FAQ document is available here.