Industry Groups Agree Common Action on Crucial Safety Issues
The coming together of five organisations with shared visions for the safety and security of global trade will take advantage of unified information and data sources to bring greater awareness and understanding of issues with the goal of producing preventative output.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on 16 March 2023 by representatives of the five organisations:
- Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS)
- Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP)
- Container Owners Association (COA)
- International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA)
- Ship Message Design Group (SMDG)
The participants have a commonality of purpose to create a framework for cooperation that enables each group to benefit from each other’s activities in respect of their strategies in areas of joint interest. These will, in the immediate future concentrate on improved safety during the global transport and handling of goods that have the potential to cause injury to the workforce and/or damage to the environment and the goods themselves.
John Beckett, Chair of ICHCA commented, “This unique grouping of industry leaders has the potential to coordinate data, research and best practices across the broad spectrum of the international movement of cargo. A key goal is to create an awareness throughout the freight industry, amongst operators, regulators and policy makers as to practical and effective measures to improve safety.”
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