Are you ready for the 1st July and the introductions of SOLAS?

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export, that the container has a verified weight. The shipper is responsible for the verification of the packed container’s weight. This requirement will become legally effective on July 1, 2016. After that date, it would be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a vessel if the vessel operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container weight.

Under the SOLAS amendments, there are two permissible methods for weighing: Method 1, which requires weighing the container after it has been packed, or Method 2,2 which requires weighing all the cargo and contents of the container and adding those weights to the container’s tare weight as indicated on the door end of the container

Cardinal will report the confirmed VGM in the appropriate manner to the carrier/Port in order to receive an “approval to ship” and the container loaded to the vessel.

Cardinal has prepared for the introduction of VGM through recent investments into Cordstrap Securing Systems. Cordstrap’s polyester composite strapping solutions not only ensure cargo is safe but also help to reduce any weight added by traditional securing methods. Furthermore, a new set of 6 ton Scales recently arrived at Cardinal to assist with the weighing of Freight for VGM.

For more information on SOLAS, please contact our export Manager Dean Forkin ( who’ll be happy to assist with any queries you may have.