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Until recently it has not been a legal requirement for containers to have their weight verified before being loaded onto cargo ships. There were many risks associated with this. Most critically, an unbalanced or top heavy load could cause containers to be lost or the ship to capsize in rough conditions, in both cases presenting a serious threat to human life at sea.
To address this problem the International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently amended the SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) regulation VI/2. The amendments to SOLAS regulation VI/2 were accepted on 1 January 2016 and came into force on 1 July 2016.