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Looking forward to September & October… dates for your diary…

We are thrilled to confirm that the prestigious TT Club Innovation in Safety Awards will launch in September and are looking forward to seeing examples of how the whole supply chain continues to rise to the challenge of improving safety in our industry. The IMO will again be busy in September with the Carriage of Cargoes and Containers and International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code meetings.  ICHCA will be present and active at both of these as the voice for cargo handling and coordination.  We are also participating in the IPPC International Workshop on controlling the spread of invasive species via containers in London.  This event marks the start of a novel phase of activity which could see new or amended recommendations on sea container cleanliness, potentially within 2-3 years.  Finally, please save the date for another of our open Coffee Break Webinars on 6 October.  The title is still being finalised, but let’s just say that it is no coincidence that one of our other stories this month's ICHCA Insights is on Lithium-Ion fires.   If would like any further information contact us via secretariat@ichca.com, otherwise look out for additional details on our website.

COMING SOON….. TT Club Innovation in Safety Awards 2022

This award was set up with the purpose of celebrating safety innovation in the global freight supply chain. Award entrants are required to show that a product, idea, solution, process, scheme or other innovation has resulted in a demonstrable improvement to safety.   The 2022 will open to entrants on 1 September 2022!   Watch this space…..  

ICHCA In The News – Press Clippings (July 2022)

Click Here to read articles from the following sources about ICHCA , collated by Portcare International. All About Shipping News Container News Freight Business Journal Forwarder Magazine Hellenic Shipping News Loadstar Maritime Network News SeaNews Turkey Harbours Review

Example Guidance on Electric vehicles onboard passenger roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) ferries

At our most recent ICHCA Technical panel call, the topic of electric vehicle/Li-Ion battery fires was raised once again.  The link below will take interested readers to the recently published Marine Guidance Note MGN 653 (M) from the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency, the regulatory body for UK maritime safety.  This guidance aims to raise awareness of the risks and mitigations for the carriage of electric vehicles on board passenger roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) ferries.   Guidance is provided on:   fire detection firefighting measures for electric vehicles onboard carriage of electric vehicles other than cars carriage of damaged electric vehicles charging of electric vehicles onboard   Link to MGN 653 (M) Electric vehicles onboard passenger roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) ferries - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)   We recognise that the UK arrangements are national, but this guidance is consistent with/drawn from SOLAS and therefore could be more widely applicable.   There are currently no requirements from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) specific to the carriage of electric vehicles on passenger or cargo ro-ro vessels.  The UK guidance is provided in advance of any potential future regulation which may be developed at the IMO.  ICHCA will of course engage with any such IMO work.”

Spotlight on Les Richings, Chair of the ICHCA Dangerous Goods (DG) Working Group

The wealth of knowledge and experience of our ICHCA community on safety matters concerning the whole breadth of international trade is truly remarkable. This valuable resource is available for all members, and increasingly we are making various aspects of it accessible to the wider cargo handling industry through ICHCA’s regular Webinars and White Papers.   Through this newly introduced Spotlight feature we want to give more visibility to some of the professionals that make-up our membership giving more detail of their expertise, a flavour of their passion for safety and a little insight into their personalities, which portray their enthusiasm for our unique association.   Spotlight’s first interviewee is Les Richings, Chair of the Dangerous Goods (DG) Working Group.  For those of you that don’t know Les, I hope you learn a lot from this introduction, and for those that know him already perhaps you’ll see another side to a great advocate of the ICHCA cause.   Click here for full interview   Please look out for the regular Spotlight feature in the future which will continue conversations with others from our international community.

Current Awareness Bulletin – for IMO themes and news – MAY 2022

The latest edition of the Current Awareness Bulletin is attached. The Bulletin provides a monthly digest of news and publications focusing on subjects and themes related to the work of IMO with each edition presenting headlines from the previous month.  Links to complete articles or abstracts on publishers' sites are included, although access may require payment or subscription.  The Bulletin itself is free to download and to redistribute. This edition along with the back catalogue is available at:  https://www.imo.org/en/KnowledgeCentre/Pages/CurrentAwarenessBulletin-Default.aspx The Current Awareness Bulletin is compiled by the IMO Maritime Knowledge Centre but is not an official IMO publication.  Inclusion does not imply any endorsement by IMO.  

Book now for the international workshop on reducing the introduction of pests through the sea container pathway – 19-20 Sep, London

  The Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), operating under the auspices of the UN and taking the lead on plant protection from invasive species continues to actively consider the movement of invasive pests via contamination of sea containers. Whilst it recognises that potential regulatory requirements or changes to container cargo transport could have substantive negative knock-on effects including cost, it continues to seek practical and cost-effective solutions to reducing risks of transfer of pests and contaminants by the sea container pathway.  The international workshop 19-20 September in London will be an opportunity for stakeholders to work together to ensure that next steps are indeed practical and cost-effective.  ICHCA will be present, representing members and the cargo handling sector.  If you would like to attend also and help place the spotlight on safety, you can apply by following the link below.   As well as plant protection professionals, the event is also open to shipping lines, container manufacturers, freight forwarders, packers, port authorities, marine terminal operators, shippers, importers and exporters.   The workshop is free to attend and is an in-person event.   The closing date for registrations is 31 July 2022   For further information, please click here   To visit the web page, click: https://www.ippc.int/en/core-activities/capacity-development/sea-containers/international-workshop-on-reducing-the-introduction-of-pests-through-the-sea-container-pathway/   To see the programme, click: https://www.ippc.int/en/publications/91316/   To register, click:   https://ee.humanitarianresponse.info/x/wCHzp1xC  

IMDG Code Amendment 40-20 is now mandatory

  ICHCA is grateful for the hard work and input from members of the Dangerous Goods Working Group, chaired by Les Richings, and particularly Will Bartle from ICHCA member Exis Technologies for updating The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code booklet (BP3) in line with Amendment 40-20.   IMDG Code Amendment 40-20 became mandatory on 1 June 2022 after a delay due to the Covid pandemic. It will remain in force until 31 December 2023. Amendment 41-22 can be used voluntarily from 1 January 2023. See the IMDG Code Amendment Cycle below:     An overview of the changes in this Amendment can be found on the Exis website under the free IMDG Code resources section here: https://existec.com/product/free-imdg-code-resources/. There is also a more detailed summary of the changes available to download via this link.   Corrigenda   Note however, the International Maritime Organization recently published a Corrigenda to this Amendment, a brief summary of which can be found below:   Minor edits to the Classification provisions in Part 2 Minor edits to the Special provisions including a new SP399 applicable to DETONATORS, ELECTRONIC Minor changes to the DGL to reflect the addition of SP399 and also deletion of SW1 from UN 1056 New 4.1.2.2 (amalgamating 4.1.2.2.1 and 4.1.2.2.2) Minor edits to packing instructions P802, IBC08, LP622 and LP906 Change to the dangerous goods description examples in 5.4.1.4.4 Clarification to the wording for segregation in relation to foodstuffs in 7.2.6.2 by adding reference to the specific segregation groups applicable Update to the competent authority details for France, Germany and Spain in 7.9.3   The full Corrigenda can be found on IMO’s website here: https://wwwcdn.imo.org/localresources/en/publications/Documents/Supplements/English/QM200E_180522.pdf   Further details on Exis courses relating to dangerous goods can be found here: https://ichca.com/training/imdg-code-shore-side-e-learning-amdt-40-20  ICHCA members are entitled to a discount on Exis courses.

ICHCA JOINS Container Cleanliness Industry Advisory Group

World food security and biodiversity is at risk from contaminating pests.  Plant pests and diseases are responsible for the loss of up to 40% of global food crops and trade losses exceeding $22bn annually.   The lead UN body, the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures has created a phytosanitary expert Focus Group to look at potential pest contamination on sea containers.  Recognising the need for supply chain input, they asked industry to form a Container Cleanliness Industry Advisory Group (CCIAG) to provide advice, suggestions and recommendations on:   cleanliness of the interior and exterior of intermodal freight containers and their cargoes risks of pest contamination in the international containerized supply chain.   We are pleased to report that our application to join the CCIAG has been accepted. Managing contaminating pests is best approached through collective effort that includes plant protection, industry and other stakeholders. Critically, ICHCA’s role is to work with stakeholder partners to ensure safety is “baked in” to the delivery of practical and sustainable outcomes.   Next steps... a major International workshop on reducing the introduction of pests through the sea container pathway, London, UK on 19-20 September 2022.   Contact us at secretariat@ichca.com for more information about the conferenc

WEBINAR: Mental Health, Bullying and Harassment at Sea – 13th July 2022 12:30 – 14:00 BST

We have become aware of a webinar addressing Mental Health, Bullying and Harassment at Sea which is taking place via zoom on Wednesday.  This is free to attend and is being hosted by the Centre for Factories of the Future.   Please click this link to sign up: https://forms.gle/wLHrDbQbWBFWrd6q7   At last week’s ICHCA Technical Panel Call a number of members of the Panel expressed an interest in this topic and thanks to Panagiotis at HSE for bringing this workshop to our attention.   Workshop Summary The profession is becoming more aware of the mental health problems and bullying at sea.  Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to his or her community.  There are special references to Intimidation which occurs when a person, or group of workers, is targeted by negative or aggressive behaviour repeatedly and regularly over a period of time and when individuals can experience difficulty defending themselves. The workshop reports on the outcome of an investigation carried by C4FF and its European partners into the mental health problems of seafarers, focusing on the identification of these which create or lead to mental health issues with a view to find feasible solutions, thereby making life on board and elsewhere more pleasant. The discussion is to seek feedback from the attending participants on the investigation work carried out to date and outlined in the lecture.   We appreciate that this is quite short notice and ICHCA has not been involved in the project or workshop.  However, we felt that its focus on seafarers made it worthwhile bringing to your attention in case it is of interest and you can find time in your diary.

ICHCA In The News – Press Clippings (June 2022)

Click Here to read articles from the following sources about ICHCA , collated by Portcare International. Global Trade Magazine Insurance Marine News Maritime Advocate 5688.cn Assafina Online Container News Fresh Plaza Hauler News Informare International Security Journal Maritime Gateway New Zealand Shipping Gazette OOLP Live Portal Portuario PortNews Russia World Cargo News Hazardous Cargo Bulletin Loadstar

Global Lifting Awareness Day – 7 July 2022

We were delighted to celebrate GLAD 2022 The battle with gravity is essential to our way of life. Fighting gravity carries inherent risks to be managed. Getting it wrong can lead to accident, injury and even fatality. As we work higher, heavier and more complex, our ability to lift safely becomes ever more important. GLAD is a day when stakeholders can unite to share material promoting safe and high quality load lifting. GLAD is all about ensuring that end users can make well-informed purchasing decisions by fully understanding applicable regulations and good practice standards. It aims to raise the profile of lifting and working at height with stakeholders and legislators, attract new recruits into the sector through showcasing entrance pathways as well as career opportunities and celebrate the innovation and work going on within our industries. The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association LEEA led the GLAD 2022 activity alongside a tremendous group of partners. Go to https://globalliftingawarenessday.com to see the programme of events. We look forward to participating aging in 2023.

Current Awareness Bulletin – for IMO themes and news – APRIL 2022

The latest edition of the Current Awareness Bulletin is attached.  The Bulletin provides a monthly digest of news and publications focusing on subjects and themes related to the work of IMO with each edition presenting headlines from the previous month. Links to complete articles or abstracts on publishers' sites are included, although access may require payment or subscription.  The Bulletin itself is free to download and to redistribute.   This edition along with the back catalogue is also available at:  https://www.imo.org/en/KnowledgeCentre/Pages/CurrentAwarenessBulletin-Default.aspx   The Current Awareness Bulletin is compiled by the IMO Maritime Knowledge Centre but is not an official IMO publication.  Inclusion does not imply any endorsement by IMO

Maritime Joint Informal Meeting – Lithium-ion Battery Fires in Vehicle Cargoes, 4 July 18:15 BST

The next Maritime Joint Informal Meeting - Lithium-ion Battery Fires in Vehicle Cargoes and will be held on Monday 4 July 2022 at 18:15 BST on HQS Wellington, Victoria Embankment, WC2R 2PN or via Zoom As more electric cars are carried by sea, attention is turning to their safety, in particular fire safety. With an increase in these incidents, join us for a panel seminar discussing the theory behind the problem of battery failures, subsequent major incidents, crew training and the implications this has on our industry overall. Speakers: Dr Andy Beale, COO of Wavetrain - Maritime Security and Training, Paul Markham, Wavetrain - Power & Energy Risk Engineer and Ross Millar, Loss Prevention Associate - Steamship Mutual. To register click here: Joint Meeting - July 2022 - Lithium-Ion Battery Fires in Vehicle Cargoes (hcmm.org.uk)

ICHCA Welcomes MSC as New Associate and Board Member

The global association representing cargo handling companies, ICHCA International (ICHCA) is delighted to welcome Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s largest container shipping line as a new member with representation on its Board of Directors As a leading voice in a crucial sector of the global supply chain, ICHCA brings together a wide range of players that perform a vital role in driving the world economy.  The added knowledge and experience that the number one container shipping line brings will be a tremendous asset in carrying out ICHCA’s primary mission of maintaining and improving safety in all aspects of cargo handling. Dirk Van de Velde is MSC’s Chief EHSQ Officer and will be take up a board position at ICHCA.  “MSC has determined the Environmental, Health, Safety and Security Quality Governance topics (EHSQ) that are most relevant to our business, we have identified our priorities and are building on communication with the maritime stakeholders.  Our membership of ICHCA is a logical step following this assessment and the expansion of our activities,” commented Van de Velde. “In addition, we want to help address the increasing risks and calamities in the maritime supply chain today. In 2010 we created the Cargo Incident Notification System or CINS organization, however since then serious calamities have only increased.  We are joining ICHCA because of its focus on EHSQ and to contribute to its related proactivity.”   For full press release click here

Would you like to join the ICHCA Technical Panel?

The ICHCA Technical panel is the engine that drives our publications and guidance.  It is an unparalleled resource of expertise, experience, knowledge and passion for our industry. It is vital to us that we represent the extraordinary range of perspectives and professionalism of our members, sharing best practice to raise standards together.   The ICHCA Technical Panel is open to anyone who is an individual member or whose organisation is an ICHCA member.  If you are not already a Panel member and would like to be, simply send in your CV and we will do the rest.   For applications or further information, please contact secretariat@ichca.com

Proliferation of innovation in supply chain safety encapsulated in Awards Digest

TT Club and ICHCA’s concerted efforts to encourage improved levels of safety across the supply chain have brought significant results as evidenced by the number and quality of projects entered into the 2021 Innovation in Safety Awards.  The results of the over 30 organisations submitting their initiatives have now been compiled into a Digest to allow their full potential to be realised across the industry.   Initiated in 2016 and operated by ICHCA International, the TT Club Innovation in Safety Award has been designed not just to recognise excellence in the field but above all to both encourage further resource to be invested in safety issues, and to allow ground-breaking research to be accessed by all those operating the global supply chain.   “It is vital that the phenomenal work being carried out by the organisations that enter our Awards be made available to others who can benefit from the improved safety measures that are on display,” says Richard Steele, ICHCA’s CEO. “Consequently, we have produced this Innovation in Safety Awards Digest, which brings together details of a wide variety of products and procedures that achieve a demonstrable improvement in cargo handling and transport safety.” A copy of the Digest in PDF form is available for download https://ichca.com/tt-club-innovation-in-safety-awards or here https://ichca.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/220531-Safety-Digest-FINAL-pdf.pdf

ICHCA celebrates webinar success! Recording Available – “Breakthrough & Emerging AI Technologies”

Last week we were delighted to host three world class speaker sessions at our ICHCA Technical Panel Webinar.  For those who were unable to attend on the day we are thrilled to be able to release the third video of the presentations.   Today's recording is "Breakthrough & Emerging AI Technologies" presented by  Joseph Zaki, LOKO AI.  Breakthrough & Emerging AI technologies are rapidly transforming the global supply chain. Learn how cutting edge AI trends in autonomous risk management and critical technologies are impacting the bottom line and reducing insurance costs across the supply chain.   To view the video, please log in to our Member's Area If you are planning on watching the recording it will be available here until 6 June 2022, thereafter it will only be available to ICHCA members.   If you have any questions, please contact secretariat@ichca.com

We must innovate for a safer supply chain

So say TT Club and ICHCA which, with the support of TOC Europe, are emphasising their message by launching an inaugural Safety Village at the upcoming conference and exhibition in Rotterdam between 14th and 16th of June. The first of its type, the exhibition space will be dedicated to how innovation can lead to a safer supply chain. Recent widespread disruption to global supply chains and the consequent pressures on freight transport capacity and cargo handling facilities requires a corresponding focus on safety measures throughout the system. As the success of the TT Club Innovation in Safety Award programme, operated by ICHCA International, has proved, there have been numerous ground-breaking innovations with multiple applications aimed at reducing these safety risks. However, the two organisations are keen to raise the awareness of the need for continuous development of the ways that we manage safety. Featuring a meeting area and presentation facilities, the TT Club Safety Village will be the venue for workshops and panel sessions throughout the three days of the TOC Europe event. It will also provide opportunities for companies to showcase their innovative safety devices, processes and products. All aimed at championing safety in the supply chain and developing new solutions to managing risks.   Full Press Release click here

ICHCA celebrates webinar success -“How Video Analytics can make ports safer” – watch the recording here!

Last week we were delighted to host three world class speaker sessions at our ICHCA Technical Panel Webinar.  For those who were unable to attend on the day we are thrilled to be able to release the second of three videos of the presentations.   Today's recording is "How Video Analytics can make ports safer" presented by Ron Babski, Port of Virginia.   See a case-study in a real terminal environment showing how video analytics can identify risks and protect the workforce. Learn how Port of Virginia, working with its people and unions, delivered measurable improvements in safety.   To view the video, please log in to our Member's area   If you are planning on watching the recording it will be available here until 6 June 2022, thereafter it will only be available to ICHCA members.   Look out for the third video in the series later this week!

ICHCA celebrates webinar success -“Be More Than a Bystander” – watch the recording here!

Last week we were delighted to host three world class speaker sessions at our ICHCA Technical Panel Webinar.  For those who were unable to attend on the day we are thrilled to be able to release the first of three videos of the presentations.   We start today with “Be More than a Bystander”. Introduced by ICHCA Chair John Beckett and Jessica Isbister from LWU Canada and presented by Ninu Kang, Executive Director and Corinne Stavness, Senior Manager of Prevention Services & Communications, Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (EVA BC). Learn how this powerful and proven program has addressed workplace bullying, harassment, and violence; transforming organisations and impacting thousands of workers to create more safe and respectful workplaces.   To View the video, please log in to our Member's Area   If you are planning on watching the recording it will be available here until 6 June 2022, thereafter it will only be available to ICHCA members.   Look out for the next video in the series later this week!

ICHCA celebrates webinar success!

We are thrilled to report the success of our latest webinar which addressed Ending Violence in the workplace, using video to create safer working and how Artificial Intelligence can revolutionise the ways we can look at safety. Look out for the video on our website next week…

Women in Maritime survey highlights current gender diversity across the sector and sets a benchmark for progress

The IMO and Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA International) have published the results of a wide-ranging survey of maritime gender diversity.  The survey addressed: Industry – including ship owning companies, maritime associations, port operators; cruise; bunkering; fishing, offshore, towage, and dredging.  Here it found that overall, the share of women employees by sub-sector was 29%. IMO Member States – covering national maritime authorities, customs, border control, or representatives to the IMO, where it found that women make up around 20% of the workforce.   The survey also asked for the share of how many female seafarers a company employed. At less than 2%, the proportion of women employed as seafarers is small. Within the survey, most female seafarers are employed by the cruise industry.   “The purpose of this survey is not to shame and criticize, but to inspire and give a basis for action.” - Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, WISTA International President   Benchmarking the current state of the sector is vital to measure results. The Women in Maritime Survey 2021 shines a spotlight on areas in which IMO Member States and the wider maritime industry are performing well – and those where additional attention, resources and encouragement are needed.   The report can be downloaded from here. 

International Day for Women in Maritime 2022

Today is the inaugural IMO International Day for Women in Maritime.   Its theme is "Training-Visibility-Recognition: Supporting a barrier-free working environment”.   Thanks to all who are working to create a more inclusive industry.

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