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The SOLAS Container Weight Verification Requirement


PTP wishes to inform all customers that the container weight verification global requirement as outlined by the Safety at Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention (Chapter VI, Regulation 2) will begin being enforced on 1 July 2016. As shippers you will be responsible to verify and provide the packed container’s gross weight to the ocean carrier and port terminal prior to it being loaded onto the ship. After which, it will be 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.

It will be a legal requirement for every export container to have a verified container weight as a condition for loading aboard a vessel. All regulated parties within the container supply chain (shippers, carriers, terminal operators) will be impacted by this new rule. Vessel and terminal operators are required to use verified container weights in stowage plans.

The IMO's SOLAS amendments provide two approved methods in determining the container weight:

  • Method 1 - weighing the loaded container
  • Method 2 - weighing the contents of the container and adding those weights to the containers tare weight


  • The Shipper (listed as shipper in the bill of lading or sea waybill) is responsible for providing the VGM to the carrier in reasonable time prior to vessel loading.
  • The VGM consists of cargo weight including packaging and dunnage (securing) materials and tare weight of container.
  • The Carrier is responsible for relaying the VGM to its terminal.
  • Container means standard containers, tank containers, flat racks and bulk containers.
  • The NVOCC is the shipper in relation to the carrier and, therefore, responsible for providing the VGM to the carrier.
  • The Data to be provided to the carrier consists of the VGM and the shipper’s (Individual’s) authorized signature (can be electronic). Local/national Laws/Rules might require additional data, processes or documents (e.g. weighing note).
  • The Scale used for weighing has to be calibrated/certified in accordance with local/national Rules.
  • Carriers WILL NOT LOAD containers without having VGM.

For more detailed information, please refer to the World Shipping Council website:

Solas VGM FAQs and SOP please click on HERE

PTP Weighing and VGM transmission charges please click on HERE

Notification on SOLAS VGM from LPJ please click on HERE

Disclaimer Notice HERE