What is Solas? SOLAS stands for “International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea”. Although it has already been in existence since 1914, in response to the Titanic disaster in 1912, there have been several versions since that time, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) develops and maintains the current SOLAS. What is VGM? VGM stands for Verified Gross Mass and refers to the total weight of the cargo (cargo weight, loading material/pallets/skids, dunnage, securing material, tare weight of the container). What are the basic requirements of VGM? The Shipper has to provide to the forwarder the Verified Gross Mass (Weight) of the Container, including cargo weight, weight of all loading equipment and materials, dunnage and the tare weight of the container) along with a Signature identifying the person responsible for the declared weight. This information has to be provided to the CARRIER before the container reaches the CARRIER’s port terminal. The required data elements that shippers must provide to the forwarder are:
- Verified Gross Mass (VGM) per container (including cargo weight, loading material/pallets/skids, dunnage, securing material, tare weight of container)
- Signature of the authorized person declaring the weight and company details.
- Additional information and/or documents, if required by relevant state (government) authorities.