05-09.09.2016 – IMO meeting on VGM, London
On 05-09 September, the IMO Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC) met in London to discuss, among other issues, the implementation of new SOLAS requirements related to the weighing of containers. During the meeting, the CCC was informed that there is currently a high compliance rate with new SOLAS requirements, and that 95% or more packed containers were being accompanied by VGM information prior to loading.
In the MSC.1/Circ. 1548, IMO recommended that “port State control authorities should adopt a practical and pragmatic approach when verifying compliance” with SOLAS requirements. It is important that the respective authorities continue dialogue with relevant stakeholders to ensure a balanced approach to enforcement which can be accepted by all partners in the logistics chain.