General Series

The General Series is concerned with aspects that are not covered by the other three series, and provides information, guidance and research.

The papers in this series are free to download for ICHCA members or can be purchased individually by non-members by contacting Helen Coffey: helen.coffey@ichca.com

GS1: Guidelines for Shipping Packaged Dangerous Goods by Sea

GS1: Guidelines for Shipping Packaged Dangerous Goods by Sea


With packaged dangerous goods constituting up to 10% of all containerised cargoes, it is important that the provisions of the IMO’s International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code are followed by all those in the marine chain, and that starts with the originator of the cargo. This document gives comprehensive advice to shippers and consolidators as to their role in ensuring compliance with the IMDG Code. Date: 2006 (1st edition) | ISBN: 978-1-85330-119-3 ...




GS2: Fire Fighting in Ports and on Ships

GS2: Fire Fighting in Ports and on Ships


Fires - whether on the port premises or on ships alongside, at anchorage or even entering port - are an ever present possibility and all ports and terminals will have emergency plans to deal with them. Some ports have in-port facilities while others will rely upon the local fire fighting service. Whichever applies, this document gives expert guidance on all the aspects to be considered, including equipment, manpower, training and areas to be covered. Date: 2008 (1st edition) | ISBN: 978-1-85330-004-2 ...




GS3: Windstorm II - Joint Publication with TT Club

GS3: Windstorm II - Joint Publication with TT Club


Storm damage accounts for some of the biggest losses in the marine and inland terminal industry. In partnership with TT Club, ICHCA has produced a substantially revised risk management guide to assist operators manage the risk and prevent losses relating to wind storms. This guide brings together the shared knowledge and experience of operators and experts in managing storm damage, in collaboration with ICHCA’s ISP Technical Panel. This document in part came out of the research detailed in RP15. Date:...




GS4: Organisation of Gear Stores - Joint Publication with the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association

GS4: Organisation of Gear Stores - Joint Publication with the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association


Every cargo operation needs and uses lifting gear and, whether it is a small number of items or runs into thousands, it needs to be looked after and maintained in a safe condition. This document gives detailed advice on how this can be achieved, including how to run a suitable gear store. It is published jointly with ICHCA’s corporate member, the Lifting Equipment Engineers’ Association (LEEA). The LEEA is a leading representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide. Date:...




GS5: Ships’ Crews Coming Ashore at Operational Terminals

GS5: Ships’ Crews Coming Ashore at Operational Terminals


With modern cargo terminals operating fast, mobile machinery, it is not safe for persons to enter the operational area on foot unless in a controlled condition. Ships’ crews coming ashore need to get safely from the quayside to the roadside, and the reverse, and it is for the terminal to provide a safe way for this to be done. Some provide safe walkways, while others provide a shuttle bus. This document advises on provisions that the terminal should make and also gives advice to ships’ officers...




GS6: Medical Standards for Terminal Equipment Drivers

GS6: Medical Standards for Terminal Equipment Drivers


GS6 aims to identify and discuss the basic elements of procedures and content of a driver’s fitness assessment. This document aims primarily to support physicians and other health professionals who make such assessments. Date: 2011 (1st edition) | ISBN: 978-1-85330-036-3 ...




GS7: Recommended Minimum Safety Specifications for Quay Container Cranes - Joint Publication with PEMA and TT Club

GS7: Recommended Minimum Safety Specifications for Quay Container Cranes - Joint Publication with PEMA and TT Club


This document lists the minimum safety features which the joint sponsors believe should be provided as standard on any quayside container crane and which should be included in any specification. Date: 2011 (1st edition) | ISBN: 978-1-85330-034-9 ...




GS8: The Importance of Maintenance: A Handbook for Non Engineers - Joint Publication with TT Club

GS8: The Importance of Maintenance: A Handbook for Non Engineers - Joint Publication with TT Club


Asset management is of great importance to any business. Maintenance - the maintaining and monitoring of assets - is an integral and important part of asset management. This document addresses issues relating to the maintentance of infrastructure and equipment in a port facility. Date: 2012 (1st edition) | ISBN: 978-0-9562704-3-6 ...




GS9: Recommended Minimum Safety Features for Container Yard Equipment - Joint Publication with PEMA and TT Club

GS9: Recommended Minimum Safety Features for Container Yard Equipment - Joint Publication with PEMA and TT Club


Intended for use both by users and suppliers of yard equipment, this publication sets out to provide baseline recommendations for minimum safety features that should be included on the various types of container yard equipment, to help reduce injuries and damage and enable better risk management. The document covers all of the major types of manual and automated container yard equipment, including RTGs (rubber tyred gantry cranes), RMGs (rail mounted gantry cranes), ASCs (automated stacking crane),...