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*** CONTAINER WEIGHT VERIFICATION *** AMENDMENTS TO SOLAS CHAPTER VI

The international Maritime Organisation (IMO) has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) This amendment will become legally effective from the 1st July 2016.

The export shipper is responsible for the verification of the packed container’s weight and this must be provided to the shipping line / terminal.in advance of loading the container to the vessel.

Containers can not be loaded without a Verified Gross Mass.

Methods of Calculation of verified weight
Only two methods are permitted

Method 1 – weigh the whole container and contents
Method 2 – weigh individual items and add this to the dunnage and container weight

Weighing the containers contents under Method 2 is subject to certification and approval by the MCA (Marine and Coastguard Agency). Please see the MCA website for details on how to become approved.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/verification-of-the-gross-mass-of-packed-containers-by-sea

We strongly recommend that you go through the approval process as there will be financial implications to weigh either the container or your individual consignment. We will determine the cost as soon as we have calculated the impact of implementing the requirements to adhere to the regulations.

We will endeavour to keep you fully informed of any further developments regarding this amendment and if you require any further advice or information please do not hesitate to contact your local office or Davide@excelshipping.com

NOTIFICATION SOLAS(1) 10/02/16

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