1. What is SOLAS?

SOLAS stands for Safety of Life at Sea. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted amendments to the SOLAS Convention (Chapter VI, part A, regulation 2) in November 2014 and it is to be implemented in national legislation in all countries worldwide starting 1 July 2016 which will make it compulsory to weigh containers before loading them onto ships.



2.Who is responsible for compliance?

 The responsibility for obtaining and providing the VGM lies with the shipper. It is against international regulation to load a packed container without the VGM.

‘Shipper’ means a legal entity or person named on the bill of lading or sea waybill or equivalent multimodal transport document (e.g. “through” bill of lading, “Sea waybill) as shipper and/or who (or in whose name or on whose behalf) a contract of carriage has been concluded with a shipping company.

Calibrated and certified equipment’ means a scale, weighbridge, lifting equipment or any device, capable of determining the actual gross mass of a packed container or of packages and cargo items, pallets, dunnage and other packing and securing material, that meets the accuracy standards and requirements of the State in which the equipment is being used.



3. How can you comply?

The SOLAS regulation for weighing containers allows two ways for weighing packed containers in order to obtain the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) for each container by the shipper or his representative either by



 Method 1: The ‘shipper’ may weigh the packed container by using weighing instruments that has been verified by an Authorized Verifier designated by SPRING Singapore under the Singapore Weights and Measures Program;



Method 2: Weighing the individual packages and cargo items, including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other securing material, using weighing instruments that have been verified by an Authorized Verifier designated by SPRING Singapore under the Singapore Weights and Measures Program, and adding the sum to the tare mass of the container.



4. How can Goldbell Weigh-System help?

Goldbell Weigh-System is Singapore's leading company providing all kind of weighing solutions and your reliable partner for compliance with SOLAS. We are Singapore authorized verifier who can help you with one stop weighing solution from choosing the right weighing equipment to stamping your equipment and ensuring your container with verified VGM.

Goldbell Weigh-System provides solutions for the entire process, helping you comply with the new SOLAS regulations. Call us and find out more!



Our solutions including:




Please click the links below to see the solution in detail

Method 1 Method 2
Weighbridge Floor Scale
Mobile Weighbridge Forklift Scale
Wireless Wheels Weighing System Pallet truck scale
Reach Stacker Scale