SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea): Changes Impacting Household Goods Sea Shipments

If your relocation program includes household goods shipments, then you’ll want to read our latest Cartus Mobility Insights on the upcoming changes to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations. Officially being introduced on 1 July 2016, our new Mobility Insights looks at the possible impact the changes may have on relocation programs and international assignees.

What are the changes?

From 1 July, household goods companies that deliver to ports must provide the verified gross mass (VGM) of a packed container. This follows shipping accidents and sinking ships that have involved containers with incorrect weight declarations. The new regulations have been introduced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a United Nations agency responsible for the safety and security of global shipping.