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Q: How does breakbulk cargo fit within the SOLAS VGM regulation? The regulation specifically calls for containerized freight. Has there been any discussion on how we will handle breakbulk cargo? Would it be handled using the same guidelines?

A: If the breakbulk cargo is placed on or in a single container of any type, which is regulated by the International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC), e.g. out of gauge cargo on a flatrack, then the shipment would be covered by the SOLAS VGM requirements.

If the breakbulk cargo is loaded on board separately, whether or not onto a series of flatrack containers which are used to provide a temporary supporting platform or deck, then the shipment is not covered by the SOLAS VGM requirements.


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