As of July 1st, 2016, the new international regulations as part of Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) require every laden export container to have its weight verified before it is loaded. A verified gross mass (VGM) should be provided for each full export container.
The container weighing regulation is in line with APM Terminal’s strong commitment to safety. In compliance with the regulations APM Terminals will not load any container of which there is no VGM declared. Thus for APM Terminals Rotterdam and APM Terminals Maavlakte II "no VGM = no load".
The shipper is responsible for providing the VGM of the container. The shipper needs to ensure that the VGM is communicated to the shipping lines sufficiently in advance dependent on shipping lines’ deadlines.
APM Terminals Rotterdam and Maasvlakte II have invested in container weighing solutions compliant with new SOLAS regulations. This solution ensures that cargo for which no VGM has been declared before entering the terminal does not risk delay and supply chain disruption, but can be weighed on the terminal itself.