Safety of Life At Sea

For a safe vessel, crew and load

submit the VGM of your export container to the shipping line

The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) is an international maritime safety treaty from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the maritime arm of the United Nations.

In 2015, the IMO issued guidelines regarding the accuracy of the weight of sea containers upon loading onto the vessel: Verified Gross Mass (VGM). In the past, inaccurate weights had caused unsafe conditions at sea for vessels and crew. In order to reduce such hazardous conditions at sea and during handling, the IMO adopted the guidelines.

Since 1 July 2016, it is mandatory to submit the VGM of an export container to the shipping line before it can be loaded onto the vessel.

The shipper is liable!

Any business in the logistics chain listed on the Bill of Lading as the shipper will ultimately
be responsible for providing the verified gross weight: the shipper, an agent or NVOCC
or freight forwarder.

The digital weigh

Entrusting CertiWeight with your VGM process means that we take full responsibility for the accuracy of the weighing and the correct submission of the VGM to the ocean line.