Sep 2, 2016 Changes in the Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Information on the obligation to verify the weight of the container by shippers.Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), operating within the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) approved amendments to the Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) concerning the obligation to verify the weight of the container by the shippers. The change is effective from 1 July 2016. And is a prerequisite for loading a container on a ship. In accordance with the provisions of the SOLAS Convention for determining the weight of the container may be charged container exported / closed in the state - parties to the convention. The shipper of the container can also sign a contract with another entity (eg. Schenker Sp. O.o.) to provide services for determining the VGM (revised gross weight), and authorize the selected operator to transfer this data to the shipping company on its behalf.