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Hapag-Lloyd informs about the new SOLAS convention.
As from July 1, 2016, the new SOLAS regulation will become effective; therefore the packed containers’ VGM will be mandatory for all the units to be loaded onboard our vessels.
The new regulation entails a change in existing procedures for all stakeholders involved across the shipping industry.
Safety concerns have always taken a high priority at Hapag-Lloyd – accordingly it is our responsibility to reduce risks to human life and damages to the cargo and environment due to inaccurately declared weights.
Therefore, a packed container for which a verified weight has not been obtained in time, will not be loaded on board our vessels.
Hapag-Lloyd’s VGM cut-off will vary from port to port, allowing the flexibility required to align the process with specific country and terminal requirements.
To simplify the procedure and provide you with best support and assistance, we are about to implement various system enhancements and services to ensure a seamless interaction through various e-channels and solutions available globally:
Once again, we would like to invite you to become familiar with the regulation, its aim and encourage you to make the necessary arrangements as early as possible.
For further information please visit our website or contact your local Hapag-Lloyd office.