Dooley Rumble Brand

Dooley Rumble Group Limited
Claydon Business Park
Great Blakenham
Suffolk IP6 0NL
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1473 835100

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New SOLAS Requirements

The International Maritime Organisation has amended the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require that the container has a verified weight, as a condition for loading a packed container onto a ship for export. The Shipper is responsible for the verification of the packed container’s weight. This requirement will become legally effective on 1st July 2016. After that date, it would be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a vessel if the vessel operator and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container weight.




  • The Shipper is responsible for providing the Verified Gross Mass(VGM) to the carrier in reasonable time prior to vessel loading
  • The VGM consists of cargo weight including packaging and dunnage (securing) materials and tare weight of container
  • The Carrier is responsible for relaying the VGM to its terminal
  • Container means standard containers, tank containers, flat racks and bulk containers
  • Dooley Rumble Group as your agent would responsible for providing the VGM to the carrier but it is the shippers’ responsibility to provide it to us
  • The Data to be provided to the carrier consists of the VGM and the shipper’s (Individual’s) authorised signature (can be electronic). Local/national Laws/Rules might require additional data, processes or documents (e.g. weighing note)
  • The Scale used for weighing has to be calibrated/certified in accordance with local/national Rules
  • There are two Methodologies for calculating the VGM:
    1. Weigh all packages, packaging and dunnage material and add the tare weight of the container
    2. Weigh the packed/laden container
  • Carriers WILL NOT LOAD containers without having VGM
  • The VGM must also be provided for all Groupage / LCL consignments
If you have any questions or would like to know more please contact our expert team call +44 (0)1473 835100