After several accidents involving overloaded containers or improperly packed cargo transport vessels, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) took steps to address these issues. IMO oversees the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention, and passed the new amendment in May 2014 taking affect in July 2016 after reviewing existing regulations.
Before containers, cargo, and goods can be loaded onto vessels, the VGM (verified gross mass) is required for containers, cargo, and goods. Weighing can be done in one of two ways, called Method 1 and Method 2, on scales calibrated and certified to the national standards of the country where the weighing was executed. Method 1 requires weighing the entire loaded container, cargo, or goods. Method 2 requires separate weighing of everything placed inside the container, including cartons, crates, pallets, and materials used to pack and secure the items. Individual weights are totaled and added to the weight of the empty container to arrive at the VGM.
According to SOLAS, scales must meet certification and calibration standards issued by the country in which the scale is operated. Intelligent Weighing Technology, Inc. offers a services for certification, scales, and meets all the requirements of SOLAS. We offer a variety of industrial scales that can help shippers and carriers with SOLAS compliance.
Just look for the SOLAS Compliant logo.