Technical Series

This advice series provides specific guidance on technical and operational issues.

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

TOA1: Vertical Tandem Lifting of Freight Containers

TOA1: Vertical Tandem Lifting of Freight Containers


ISO amended its ISO 3874 in 2000 so as to permit up to three containers being lifted together, linked in a vertical line. As the same time, realising that there will be safe systems of work associated with the decision, ISO’s Technical Committee 104 invited ISP to develop appropriate advice. This invitation was accepted and this document was the result. This paper was developed by a working group of the ISP with two rounds of formal consultation, together with consultations with relevant international...




TOA1A: Vertical Tandem Lifting Checklist

TOA1A: Vertical Tandem Lifting Checklist


This addendum to TOA1 consists of a checklist to aid implementation of any VTL system. Date: 2004 | ISBN: 978-1-85330-121-6 ...




TOA2: Horizontal Lashings of 40ft and 45ft Freight Containers

TOA2: Horizontal Lashings of 40ft and 45ft Freight Containers


The introduction of 45ft containers has, for many port and terminal operators, raised new challenges, with particular regard to lashing access and methods on board vessels. These containers and the introduction of the 9ft 6in containers exacerbates the problem. Unfortunately when it comes to the practicality of lashing on board ships, cargo securing manuals often offer little guidance as to how the lashing can be safely accomplished, if accomplished at all. TAO2 provides concise guidelines, and gives...




TOA3: Guidelines for Lifting Persons for Cargo Handling Purposes in the Port Industry

TOA3: Guidelines for Lifting Persons for Cargo Handling Purposes in the Port Industry


The traditional method of gaining access for work activities or to reach a place of work was the portable ladder but, as the heights that needed to be accessed increased and the locations varied, it became increasingly clear that such equipment was very limited and potentially unsafe. This was the outcome of RP11. This document highlights that the use of personnel carriers attached to cranes and other cargo handling equipment is the most effective and efficient way of accessing difficult areas on...