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Harbour Link Provides SOLAS / Verified Gross Mass (VGM) Services for Containers

Posted 2016-07-13 by Harbour Link in news

Effective July 1, 2016, the International Maritime Organization adopted the requirement for every laden container to have a verified gross mass (weight) before being loaded onto a ship. This requirement is part of an amendment to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and applies globally.

The above regulation requires shippers on and after 1st July to provide a certificate that verifies the gross mass weight of each container and to file supporting documentation with the shipping line for goods shipped in containers

The SOLAS requirement flows from changes made to the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) worldwide.


What is Verified Gross Mass (VGM)?

The Verified Gross Mass is the total gross mass of a laden container inclusive of the container’s tare weight; obtained either by:

Method 1:  Using calibrated and certified equipment where the Shipper weighs the packed container at the end of the stuffing operation; or,

Method 2: The shipper weighs all packages, cargo items, pallets, dunnage and other packing and securing material and adds the tare mass of the container. The total sum of the forgoing is the VGM of the container.

Who is responsible to provide the Verified Gross Mass?

The Shipper is responsible to provide a certificate of the Verified Gross Mass for each container regardless of who physically transports the cargo.


Harbour Link’s VGM Scaling Service: Harbour Link has installed certified scales on the container handling equipment located at its Off-Dock Container Depot in Delta to provide the Container Gross Mass of each container. Harbour Link uses Method 1 to verify the Gross Mass of each container and issues a certificate for each container as shown below:

SOLAS: Verified Gross Mass (VGM) Certificate

VGM scaling services are provided for all customers and the public and are performed in accordance with the rates set forth in Harbour Link’s terminal tariff.

For more information about the scaling service please contact us by email (info@hlcsi.com) or call 604 940 5522.