SOLAS from 01.07.2016


The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) of 1974 provides for that all containers to be loaded on a vessel shall be accompanied by information on Verified Gross Mass (VGM) which should be confirmed by the shipper and has to be forwarded to the shipping company on time. This is why the SOLAS Regulations will become legally binding as of 1 July 2016. The SOLAS Terms define two possible methods of determination of the VGM – Verified Gross Mass of a container.

1. Method – weighing of the fully loaded and sealed container

2. Method – calculation of the container tara + cargo + packing- and stowage material (this procedure shall be approved by the responsible authority of a State, in which the final loading and sealing of the container has been carried out)

The shipper is fully responsible for the prompt transmission and confirmation of the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) to the shipping line. In case of absence of the VGM (or at a very late point), the shipping company might reject the container to be shipped.
ROLAND SPEDITION is also working on it to privide our customers with a comprehensive and adequate solution within Austria and partly in Germany in case that the precarriage by truck is organised by ROLAND SPEDITION.

The national quality requirements and tolerances of those two methods of weighing are not yet published by the legislators. For further information please do not hesitate to contact our sales team regarding charges of each of the procedure.

Kind regards
ROLAND Spedition