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SOLAS – Verified Gross Mass "VGM"

Background

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted new regulations under the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) that require shippers to verify and provide the container’s gross verified weight to the vessel master or his representative and to the terminal operator for every packed container as a condition for vessel loading. These new requirements become effective on July 1, 2016. After this date, it would be in breach of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a vessel if the vessel master or his representative and the terminal operator do not have a verified weight.

How to weigh the VGM

Verified gross mass means the total gross mass of a packed container as obtained by either Method 1 or Method 2 described below.

  • Method 1 –The packed container is weighed after the end of the stuffing operation using calibrated and certified equipment.
  • Method 2 – For some uniform or packaged cargo, the known weight of cargo packages/ pallets, etc. and securing material is added to the tare mass of the container.
How shipper can submit VGM

Below are preferable VGM methods for submission to “K” Line:

  1. EDI
  2. 3rd Party Portal (INTTRA, GT Nexus, Cargo Smart)
  3. Web Entry (this option is subject to each country’s local availability)
    http://vgm.kline.com
  4. Excel Template Import
    http://vgm.kline.com/#/instructions
How shipper can check each container’s tare weight
  1. On the container “CSC plate”
  2. On line inquiry – Tare Lookup
    http://vgm.kline.com/#/tare
  3. As part of Global Container Tracking search (this option is subject to each country’s local availability)
    http://ecom.kline.com/tracking

For other inquiries, please refer customer advisory/FAQsPDF

If you need more assistance, please contact your local “K” Line office. We will be happy to provide further information and more details about this new regulation.

   June 9, 2016    Update SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirements - FAQsPDF
   April 21, 2016     SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirements - FAQs
   December 17, 2015     SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirements

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