SOLAS Notice

Effective July 1, 2016, ICL will be unable to load a container which does not have a Verified Gross Mass (VGM) aboard our vessels.

The responsibility for obtaining and documenting the Verified Gross Mass of a packed container lies with the shipper.  It will be the responsibility of the shipper to communicate the Verified Gross Mass in a shipping document.  This document can be part of the shipping instructions or a separate communication.

The preferred methods of communicating the VGM to ICL are:

  • an electronic VGM, for which VERMAS was developed
  • existing EDI connections (electronic shipping instructions)
  • ICL website 
  • various portals such as INTTRA, GT Nexus, and CargoSmart

The information to be provided by the shipper is the same under either Method 1 or Method 2 being:

  • value and unit of measure of the VGM of the packed container, identified as such
  • signed and dated by the shipper or a person duly authorized by the shipper (signature may be transmitted electronically as last name in capital letters)
  • company name
  • method utilized to determine the VGM

ICL has established a VGM cut-off for each port of loading which will be available on our website and booking confirmations when determined.

ICL has also made container tare weights available on our website via a lookup or downloadable file.

For our Liverpool customers, please note the attached list of charges at the Port of Liverpool.

For our Antwerp customers, please note the attached list of charges at the Port of Antwerp.

For our Chester and Wilmington Export shippers, please see attached notice.