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Verified Gross Mass

Introduction of Verified Gross Mass (VGM)


    • The MSC NAPOLI disaster of 2007, stranded near the waters of the Strait of Singapore, was caused by many overweight containers. This was the actual starting point for discussing the necessity of stricter rules on container weight declaration and the IMO intervened to develop further measures in order to secure the safe operation of containerships. 

IMO / SOLAS VGM Regulation

    • After a series of discussions, the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its 93rd session (May 2014) approved the proposal and at the 94th session (November 2014), adopted the amendment to SOLAS (the Safety of Life at Sea) Chapter VI, to require the mandatory verification of the gross weight of containers. The SOLAS-VGM came into effect on 1 July 2016. 

What is Verified Gross Mass (VGM)

    • Verified Gross Mass is the shipper declared total gross mass of a packed container. This total weight not only consists of the weight of all packaging and cargo items, but also all additional loading equipment. 

 VGM Submission 

    •  Scope: All export containers (excluding Empty and T/S containers)
    •  Methods of Weighing: 
    •    (Method 1) Weigh the packed container on an accredited weighbridge  
    •    (Method 2) Weigh the empty container and its contents including lashing materials 
    •    separately, and add those weights to get the total VGM. 
    •  Cut-Off: 24 hours prior to vessel berthing at loading port 
    •  Channels: Website, VERMAS(Verification of Mass), EDI, Email or Fax 
    •  Responsible Party: The ‘Shipper’ named on the Bill of Lading 
    • ※ Please refer to the attached customer advisory, for more details in HMM VGM process (Click) 

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