Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) requirements regarding the verification of the gross mass of packed containers.
Starting 1st July 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will enforce the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) requirements regarding the verification of the gross mass of packed containers.
“A packed container will not be allowed to be loaded on board vessels to which the SOLAS Convention applies unless the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of the container has been provided to the ship’s master or his representative and to the terminal or its representative sufficiently in advance to allow for the edition of the loading plan.”
The responsibility for obtaining and documenting the Verified Gross Mass of a packed container lies with the shipper.
The Verified Gross Mass, also known as the VGM, means the total gross mass of a packed container which can be obtained by one of the two methods described below:
Ø Method No. 1: Using calibrated and certified equipment, the shipper or a third party duly appointed by the shipper weighs the packed container at the end of the stuffing operation once the seal is affixed.
Ø Method No. 2: The shipper or a third party, by arrangement of the shipper, weighs all packages, cargo items, pallets, dunnage and other packing and securing material and adds the tare mass of the container. The total sum finally obtained is the weight to be provided. This method is subject to certification and approval by the competent authority of the State in which the packing and sealing of the container was completed.
Please also be reminded of this regulation: If the Verified Gross Mass is not provided, the container will not be loaded onto the ship.
VGM cut off time
The VGM cut off is 24 hours before Container cut off – will be published on booking confirmation in future.
From which vessel the VGM Rule –“NO VGM- NO LOAD” will become active
NE2– Ym Wellness 005e
NE3 – Cosco England 014e
NE6 – Hanjin Europe 020e
NE7 – YM Wodrous 006e
CEM – Thalassa Tyhi 010e
Fal1 – CMA CGM Bougainville 004e
NE9 – CSCL Mars 038e
EPIC – CMA CGM La Traviata 002e
AEX1 – CSCL Artic Ocean 003 e
ESE – Maersk Lamanai 009s
TAS1 – GLEN CANYON BRIDGE
How to submit the VGM?
The shipper shown on the bill of lading or the entity authorized by the shipper is responsible to provide the VGM.
The VGM must be submitted before VGM cut off time.
You may submit the VGM through following channels:
- -Online VGM submission via www.coscon.com (registration required – free of charge) – click here for manual
- dakosy (for registered customers of that platform)
- dbh (for registered customers of that platform)
- cargosmart (for registered customers of that platform)
- VERMAS (EDIFACT) direct channel – please contact usfor more information.
Below items are mandatory when you submit the VGM:
- Booking No. or B/L No.
- Container No.
- Verified Gross Mass (VGM)
- Weight Scale (MT/KGS/LBS)
- Signature (Responsible Party)
- Authorized Person
No VGM is provided before VGM cut off
The terminals will accept containers and do not verify if VGM is available during gate-in process.
Please be aware of possible Status Change Charges in case VGM has higher difference compared with Gate-In weight.
It is the shipper’s responsibility to submit VGM to carrier before the VGM cut off time. If needed shipper is able to adjust earlier provided VGM till VGM cut off time. After VGM cut off time no adjustment can be made.
Neither carrier nor terminal is allowed to load containers in case VGM is not provided in time. In such case container / shipment will be rolled to next available sailing. Such event is subject to standard conditions like storage, reefer plug, DND and roll over charges.
Any Grace Period?
No official grace period announced. Please follow official cut off voyage schedule.
Further information or questions
In case you require further information or have questions please contact your local sales support contact or have a look on following pages