D-Day for SOLAS

Hopefully you were fast asleep as the clocked ticked over to midnight.  July 1st 2016.  We’ve been talking about it for years months and now it is finally here.

Incase you have been living under a rock, or away from our blog, today is a special day for the maritime industry.  It’s the day that the amendments to the SOLAS convention come into force.

After months and months of discussions, confusion and then understanding, from today it will now be mandatory to provide your nominated shipping line with the verified gross mass (VGM) of your shipping container PRIOR to it being loaded onto the vessel.  No VGM = no load.

This is a worldwide requirement and such an important piece of the supply chain puzzle.