The past few weeks have delivered significant progress on the SOLAS front. AgTC (Agriculture Transportation Coalition) was fearless in drawing the attention of the Federal Maritime Commission, Coast Guard, Congress, terminal operators and ocean carriers to recognize and accept the standards and processes currently in practice would meet the the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations set to take effect on July 1st.
Right now, terminal operators provide ocean carriers with loaded container weights. Ocean carriers are now quickly moving in the direction of accepting this weight to satisfy the VGM (verified gross mass) requirement. Most lines have announced their acceptance of such this week.
So…before you start to panic today about your SOLAS readiness, or lack thereof, please check with your ocean carrier to confirm they are accepting the weights provided by the terminal.