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Uneven compliance with new cargo handling rule

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A year after new cargo handling safety measures were introduced to protect the safety of ships and workers, many countries have not complied.

The regulations, known formally as Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM), require that the verified gross mass of any packed container must be declared before it is loaded on a vessel.  They were introduced after overweight containers caused accidents and losses in multiple ports around the world.

These regulations are not an optional requirement or an indication of best practice, but rather a legal obligation, and enforcement needs to happen more consistently if compliance is to reach higher levels.

For more information, contact Debbie McGuire, Manager – Freight Solutions.

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