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What is SOLAS VGM – Verified Gross Mass..??

In November 2014 the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) amended SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea convention) Chapter VI Regulation 2 to tighten up the process of weighing containerised cargoes and declaring the correct weights after verification..

What is this SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea convention) Chapter VI Regulation 2 and what does this amendment mean to the day to day shipping industry..??

This article gives you an infographic which will clear it all.. 🙂

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Weigh containers easily and avoid misdeclaration

As you are aware and as has been featured several times on this website, misdeclaration of container weight has been a big problem for ship owners and operators and is reported to have caused several accidents..

Now, a tech company in New Zealand claims to have found a unique solution for shippers to weigh the containers in a quick, easy and cost effective manner..

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The perils of enclosed spaces on a ship

The 25th of June every year is commemorated by the IMO and the international shipping community as the Day of the Seafarer..

In my article dedicated to the Day of the Seafarer, I mentioned “let’s all felicitate the work that these seafarers are doing, sometimes at the risk of their own lives”.. This risk has been highlighted again when on the 26 May 2014 three crewmen on board a general cargo ship were killed after entering the ship’s hold, due to the depletion of oxygen in the hold..

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