Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention starting July 1st

The Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) will begin being enforced on July 1, 2016.

It will not affect GTS routes as:

1. Rotterdam – Purfleet v.v.

2. Rotterdam – Killingholme v.v.

3. Zeebrugge – Purfleet v.v.

4. Zeebrugge – Killingholme v.v.

5. Zeebrugge – Dublin v.v.

6. Bari – Patrasso v.v.

It will affect just few destinations:


RO-RO Lift units

Dublin – Rotterdam v.v. Italia – Turchia v.v.
Dublin – London v.v.
Moerdijk – Immingham v.v.  Moerdijk– Thamesport v.v.
Moerdijk – Teesport v.v.


All sailings (ARX)

You will be responsible as shipper for verifying the total gross weight of any container you load, or run the risk of missing your booked vessel if the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) documentation is ignored.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) in collaboration with industry representatives has adopted new weight verification rules as port of the SOLAS Convention, in order to reduce incidents and accidents caused by overweight containers.

The main purpose of the VGM document regulation is to obtain an accurate gross weight of packed containers so that vessel’s and terminal operators can put together vessal loading and stowage plans BEFORE loading cargo containers on ships.


This requirement will protect vessel and terminal operators’ people and equipment as well as your (the shippers’) cargo.

The VGM document will be required prior to loading cargo onto ships. How soon this document will be required from time it is loaded at your warehouse is still at this point undetermined – however it will need to be provided BEFORE container arrives at port of export.


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