SOLAS Update

SOLAS Update

As a result of concerns regarding the mis-declaration of container weights, the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations have been amended. From the 1st July 2016, every container bound for exportation will need to have a verified gross weight before it can be loaded to a vessel. The responsibility for providing a VGM (Verified Gross Mass) rests with the shipper. There are 2 ways to produce the VGM.


Option 1:   A weighbridge at the site of loading.

Option 2:   Freight Agency can arrange for the container to be weighed at the Port.


Option 1, you will need to send us a copy of the weighnote or a photo of the scales which shows the weight of the cargo loaded into the container. This must be provided as soon as possible after loading, no later than 24 hours. Failure to submit the VGM within the 24 hour period may lead to additional charges being involved.
All containers arriving at any UK port will be check weighed using the port appliances.
If the container arrives into port and the weight (VGM) provided using option 1 differs from the check-weigh, then a charge of GBP30.00 will be applied.


Option 2, at the time of booking, please advise whether you require Freight Agency to arrange for the container to be weighed at the port. If you use this option, you will not need to do anything further. We will arrange for the port to weigh the container and submit the VGM.

The cost for a container being weighed at port is GBP 30.00.
Charges can change at any given time without prior notice or approval.