The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has approved amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention and introduced a mandatory requirement that containers being exported must have a verified gross mass stated in the shipping documentation before being loaded onto a vessel. This can be established using calibrated and certified equipment or following a certified approved method. The requirement will become legally binding on July 1, 2016.
The full text of the SOLAS requirements, additional information and background, is available on the World Shipping Council website.
The IMO have provided 'Guidelines Regarding The Verified Gross Mass of A Container Carrying Cargo' issued on 9 June.
Maritime New Zealand released a discussion document for the implementation of SOLAS requirements into New Zealand and is available for download.
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