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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.   Please click here to view the webinar recording 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.   Please click here to view the webinar recording   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.   Please click here to view the webinar recording   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.

Current Awareness Bulletin – for IMO themes and news – MARCH 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.   Please Click Here for the March 2022 edition 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.

Open to All Interested Parties ICHCA Technical Panel Meeting and Webinar – 19 May 2022

In the spirit of openness, sharing learning and improving communication the ICHCA Technical Panel Meeting is now also open to non-members.  We welcome participation from anyone interested in raising health and safety standards in the cargo handling industry.   19 May - Book now!   Book now to attend our the ICHCA Technical Panel webinar meeting on 19 May at 14:00 BST.  This is your opportunity to see three leading edge webinar sessions that we have lined up for you.   “Be More Than a Bystander”, learn how individuals can take responsibility for respectful interactions to help employers and employees enhance health and safety in workplaces.  How Video Analytics can make ports safer, learn how Port of Virginia, working with its workforce and unions, delivered measurable improvements in safety. Breakthrough & Emerging AI Technologies, 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 full programme click here   We look forward to seeing you on the 19 May.  To register for this free event, please email secretariat@ichca.com - we guarantee that you will learn something new  

ICHCA Guest Speaker Spotlight – Ron Babski, Port of Virginia

Register for free! -  ICHCA Technical Panel webinar sessions on 19 May   Book now to attend our the ICHCA Technical Panel webinar meeting on 19 May at 14:00 BST.  This is your opportunity to see three leading edge webinar sessions that we have lined up for you.   Today’s spotlight: How Video Analytics can make ports safer.  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.   For further information, please click here   We look forward to seeing you on the 19 May.  To register for this free event, please email secretariat@ichca.com - we guarantee that you will learn something new!

Full Programme Released for ICHCA Webinar 19 May – Book now!

Full Programme Released for ICHCA Webinar 19 May - Book now!   Book now to attend our the ICHCA Technical Panel webinar meeting on 19 May at 14:00 BST.  This is your opportunity to see three leading edge webinar sessions that we have lined up for you.   “Be More Than a Bystander”, learn how individuals can take responsibility for respectful interactions to help employers and employees enhance health and safety in workplaces.  How Video Analytics can make ports safer, learn how Port of Virginia, working with its workforce and unions, delivered measurable improvements in safety. Breakthrough & Emerging AI Technologies, 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 full programme click here   We look forward to seeing you on the 19 May.  To register for this free event, please email secretariat@ichca.com - we guarantee that you will learn something new  

ICHCA Guest Speaker Spotlight – Ninu Kang and Corinne Stavness, Ending Violence Association of British Columbia

Register for free! -  ICHCA Technical Panel webinar sessions on 19 May   Book now to attend our the ICHCA Technical Panel webinar meeting on 19 May at 14:00 BST.  This is your opportunity to see three leading edge webinar sessions that we have lined up for you.   Today’s spotlight: Be More Than A Bystander.  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.   For further information, click here.   We look forward to seeing you on the 19 May.  To register for this free event, please email secretariat@ichca.com - we guarantee that you will learn something new!  

ICHCA Guest Speaker Spotlight – Joseph Zaki, LOKO AI

Register for free! -  ICHCA Technical Panel webinar sessions on 19 May   Book now to attend our the ICHCA Technical Panel webinar meeting on 19 May at 14:00 BST.  This is your opportunity to see three leading edge webinar sessions that we have lined up for you.   Today’s spotlight: Breakthrough & Emerging AI Technologies. 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.   We look forward to seeing you on the 19 May.  To register for this free event, please email secretariat@ichca.com - we guarantee that you will learn something new!  

Ground breaking topics announced for ICHCA webinar 19 May – book now!

We are thrilled to present three pioneering sessions at our 19 May webinar. “Be More Than a Bystander”, learn how individuals can take responsibility for respectful interactions to help employers and employees enhance health and safety in workplaces.  How Video Analytics can make ports safer, learn how Port of Virginia, working with its workforce and unions, delivered measurable improvements in safety. Breakthrough & Emerging AI Technologies, 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.   For further details, click here   Don’t miss out, book your place now by emailing secretariat@ichca.com.   We look forward to seeing you there!  

Examples of Valued Features in Safety Related Applications Used by Cargo Handlers

ICHCA is an active member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Informal Working Group on the Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units.  One of this group’s workstreams is the potential development of a CTU Code App. We were asked to survey members for cases studies of cargo handling safety related applications.  Understanding functions and features valued by users in existing applications could then feed into design considerations of a future CTU Code app.  ICHCA members were asked “If you are using an App for a safety-related activity - it does not have to be CTU or packing related - please share your experience and insight”. The attached member update summarises the findings from four application case studies: Incy.io, iAuditor, APMT Vessel Inspection App and Hazcheck DGL Lite.  It shows some of the user identified benefits for each.  The paper concludes with 18 features that were particularly valued by users such as: ease of input, accepts photos, no network connection required universally accessible, one set of simplified questions for standardised working, real-time reporting, analytics/dashboards.  These criteria are also presented in a more detailed checklist format at the end of this briefing.   Please click here to view the Member Update briefing note  

Latest Content Released for ICHCA Technical Panel 19 May 2022

We are thrilled to confirm the agenda for the ICHCA Technical Panel Meeting and Webinar on 19 May 2022. The session will start with a formal Technical Panel Meeting 14:00 to 14:30 (London Time zone).  From 14:30 through to 16:00, we will have three guest speaker open sessions.   The Ending Violence Association of British Columbia will address the complex and challenging subject of workplace harassment and bullying.  The Port of Virginia will speak about their use of video analytics in real workplaces to identify risks and protect workers, alongside the importance of engaging with the workforce and unions to deliver measurable improvements in safety.  Loko AI is pioneering Autonomous Systems and Computer Vision to solve the hardest occupational safety, security and risk management problems facing the supply chain.  They will take us on a journey of exploration on the ways that Artificial Intelligence can contribute to safety in our industry.   For pre-registration and to see the latest updates as soon as they go live! please contact secretariat@ichca.com

UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch safety digest 1/2022 published

A new collection of cases (volume 1 of 2022) detailing accidents involving vessels from the merchant, fishing and recreational sectors is now available for free download from the UK MAIB web site. This includes 16 merchant vessel incident investigations including mechanical, navigational and manoeuvring failures.  It also includes an interesting thought-piece about the importance of cultural and interpersonal competence raising challenges about communication, coordination, collaboration and empathy.  In this case in marine operations, but we would argue equally important throughout the cargo handling chain.

2022 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea – Deadline for nominations: Friday, 15 April 2022

The IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea is designed to recognise actions in response to a specific (sinking, fire, collision, etc) incident.  The 2022 award covers 1 March 2021 to 28 February 2022.  The evaluation considers factors such as total lives at risk, number of lives saved, nominee's role in the rescue and mitigation of damage to the marine environment.   There is still time for nominations to be received by the IMO.  The entry form and guidelines can be found by following the links below:   Nomination Form: https://wwwcdn.imo.org/localresources/en/About/Events/Documents/2022%20Nomination%20form%20(EN)%20(5).docx   Guidelines: https://wwwcdn.imo.org/localresources/en/About/Events/Documents/Circular%20Letter%20No.4455%20(EN)%20-%20as%20issued.pdf   The deadline for submission of nominations for the 2022 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea is next week on Friday, 15 April 2022

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Latest edition of “Inside ICHCA Australia” available

For the latest edition of “Inside ICHCA Australia” and to read more please follow the link. About ICHCA – International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association The International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) is an international, independent, not for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the safety, security, sustainability, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and goods movement by all modes and through all phases of national and international supply chains.  Read more

Nautical Institute 50th Anniversary conference on Maritime Leadership in a Changing World, Friday 8 April 2022  

On Friday 8 April 2022 it is the Nautical Institute 50th Anniversary conference on Maritime Leadership in a Changing World.  It covers decarbonisation of shipping, the pathway to MASS, criminalisation and autonomy from an insurance perspective. Please click here for further information All members of all JIM organisations, including ICHCA International members, can register for this conference at NI membership rates which is £100 instead of £175.

WISTA UK present LOOKING AHEAD TO THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR WOMEN IN MARITIME, 4 April 2022 at 18:15 BST

This month's Maritime Joint Informal Meeting is presented by WISTA UK on LOOKING AHEAD TO THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR WOMEN IN MARITIME, held on 4 April 2022 at 18:15 BST.   The speakers for this event are: Monica Kohli, President, WISTA UK and Sue Terpilowski, Membership Secretary, WISTA UK.  This evening presentation will celebrate and highlight the fact that the IMO Assembly has adopted a resolution proclaiming an International Day for Women in Maritime, to be observed on 18 May every year.   Click here for further information    To join the meeting please follow the link below: Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89536466014 Meeting ID: 895 3646 6014

New Edition of ICHCA’s Overview of the Provisions in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code for Amendment 40-20 

Amendment 40-20 of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, including a new edition of the supplement, was published on 1st January 2020 and becomes mandatory on 1st June 2022. All amendments are approved by IMO’s most senior technical committee, the Maritime Safety Committee and a completely new edition of the IMDG Code is published every two years.  Each amendment of the IMDG Code is valid for up to three years.  Amendments overlap each other so that there is always a transition period for industry to make the necessary adjustments to the latest amendment. With each amendment, ICHCA issues a fully reviewed and updated overview of the provisions in the Code.  This new edition covers Amendment 40-20 and includes: status, background, principles and layout of the IMDG Code classification marking, labelling and placarding product containment limited quantities and excepted quantities documentation stowage and segregation competent authorities   Members can access the new edition by logging in to our web site.   Please follow the link to see the publication: https://ichca.com/download/bp3

TT Club Innovation in Safety Award Shortlist Spotlight – Kalmar, Container Check System

We are delighted to share information about the shortlisted entry to the TT Club Innovation in Safety Award in a briefing note (link below). From a record number of over thirty entries Kalmar was shortlisted for its innovative Container Check System. We are sure that you will be interested to learn about this exciting innovation. If you would like us to connect you with Kalmar to find out more, please email secretariat@ichca.com.   Please click here for the full briefing note

Conclusions from UN/OECD Seminar on the 2020 Beirut port explosion

Please find attached the summary and conclusions report of the UN/OECD Seminar in follow-up to the Beirut port explosion: Lessons learned, experiences and good practices in managing risks of ammonium nitrate storage, handling and transport in port areas, preventing accidents and mitigating their consequences (online, 14 December 2021). Over 500 people from 48 countries, 15 international organizations, 5 NGOs, 102 industry associations/companies and 32 universities/national research institutes participated worldwide. The 2020 Beirut port explosion was a reminder of the devastating effects that industrial accidents can have on human beings and the environment. A fire spread across a storage area of the Beirut port and caused a large amount of ammonium nitrate (AN) to explode, leading to over 200 deaths, 6,500 injuries, 300,000 people being displaced and severe damage to critical infrastructure. The seminar showed that major accidents involving AN or AN-based fertilizers are not new or uncommon. Over the last century, major explosions or dangerous decomposition incidents involving AN have occurred across the globe, including, among other places, in Australia, Brazil, China, Equatorial Guinea, France, Germany and the United States. These have caused too many deaths and injuries and too much damage. The seminar demonstrated that many international legal and policy instruments and guidelines exist to prevent, prepare for and respond to industrial accidents involving hazardous substances, including AN and AN-based fertilizers, and subsequent technological disasters. However, implementation of these needs to be strengthened in order to prevent accidents and to prepare for them should they occur. National and local authorities presented their good practices and lessons learned in managing the risks of AN storage, handling and transport that provide examples for authorities in other countries to strengthen implementation.   For further information, please click here Warehousing and storage guidance Increased volumes of dangerous goods transported in sea containers, and the occurrence of major incidents such as that in Beirut as well as lesser accidents, identified for us a clear need for guidance on safe storage and handling of dangerous goods in warehouses, including port and terminal facilities.  Building on our combined expertise and experience, ICHCA International alongside our colleagues in the International Vessel Owners Dangerous Goods Association (IVODGA), National Cargo Bureau (NCB) and World Shipping Council (WSC) responded to this critical requirement by developing a Dangerous Goods Warehousing White Paper. Copy attached.   A pivotal element of our guidance is a Warehouse Checklist.  Given our aim to provide a [...]

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