Exis Technologies launches new e-learning courses for container packing and SOLAS VGM regulations training
As highlighted by insurance company TT Club and the Cargo Incident Notification Service (CINS), poor CTU packing is responsible for an alarmingly high percentage of incidents along the transport chain, leading to damage, loss, injuries and fatalities. There have been two important changes recently that should have a positive impact on the movement of goods around the globe, and improve safety in the supply chain. The first is the updated CTU Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTUs). The second change is the amendment to SOLAS concerning verification of gross mass for containers, mandatory from 1 July 2016.
The CTU Code of Practice provides guidelines and information for all members of the global logistics chain – from shippers, cargo packers, forwarders and logistics companies through to road, rail and sea carriers, ports and terminals, depots, insurers and other cargo handling interests. The Code also addresses issues such as training and the packing of dangerous goods. It states, ‘The successful application of this Code concerning the packing of CTUs and the achievement of its objectives are greatly dependent on the appreciation by all persons concerned of the risks involved and on a detailed understanding of the Code. This can only be achieved by properly planned and maintained initial and retraining programmes for all persons concerned with the packing of CTUs.’
Exis Technologies, a leading developer of e-learning courses for the transport industry, has developed two new courses under their existing CTUpack e-learning brand for the safe handling and packing of CTUs. The courses will be officially launched at the Multimodal transport exhibition at the NEC Birmingham, UK in May 2016.
Introduction to the CTU Code Course
This course, available in April 2016, provides an introduction and overview to the CTU Code. It highlights how to navigate the key sections of the Code and how it can support training in the packing and securing of cargo into/onto CTUs. The course is aimed at anyone who has an interest in learning more about this Code and how it can be used in their day-to-day role. It also includes a brief overview of the new SOLAS