Background by SOLAS

To ensure the safety of the ship, the safety of workers both aboard ships and ashore, the safety of cargo and overall safety at sea, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), as amended, requires in chapter VI, part A, regulation 2 that packed containers' gross mass are verified prior to stowage aboard ship.

With effect from 1st July 2016, the shipper is responsible for the verification of the gross mass of a container carrying cargo (hereinafter "a packed container"). The shipper is also responsible for ensuring that the verified gross mass is communicated in the shipping documents sufficiently in advance to be used by the ship's master or his representative and the terminal representative in the preparation of the ship stowage plan.

In the absence of the shipper providing the verified gross mass of the packed container, the container should not be loaded on to the ship unless the master or his representative and the terminal representative have obtained the verified gross mass through other means.

What is Verified Gross Mass (VGM)?

VGM is the total gross mass of a packed container. It comprises of the cargo weight, the weight of the packaging materials used and the container tare weight.

Methods to be used for VGM declaration

Following are the two methods offered by the SOLAS Convention :

Method 1 – Weighing

The packed container to be weighed at the weighbridge, scale, lifting equipment or any other device that meets the accuracy standards and requirements of the State.

Method 2 – Calculating

All packages/items loaded into the container to be weighed individually. The weight of the packaging materials such as dunnage, pallets and materials used for securing the cargo in the container to be included.

The tare weight of the container to be included (the tare weight can be found on the CSC plate on door of the container and or via online enquiry on through )

Who is Responsible to declare VGM?

The shipper named in the Bill of Lading is responsible for the VGM. The signatory of the VGM declaration must be duly authorized by the shipper.

PIL Container Weights

To assist our shippers in VGM declaration, the tare weight of our containers can be obtained from our website. It can be found in the Sub menu under Our Equipment named "Container Specification" Below "Pop Out Screen" is for user to enter container number followed by action button to display the info. Click Link

      By complying with SOLAS Convention, PIL remain committed to the safety of our seafarers, the environment, your cargo and our vessels.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.