Year after SOLAS rule, doubts over VGM accuracy linger

A year after the implementation of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requirement that shippers provide the verified gross mass of each container before it could be loaded onto a vessel, the once hot-button regulation has disappeared, but doubts on the accuracy of declarations linger.

Yet it’s unclear how accurate the weights submitted are.
Israel is one of the few signees of the SOLAS rule that has been checking VGM declarations, raising questions on just how much teeth the rules have since there’s little scrutiny of VGM accuracy. Alexander Vinogradov, president of the Russian Association of Sea Carriers, said shippers often submit documents with erroneous weight data, adding that the average container estimate is underweight by nine tons.