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TOC Safety Village looking forward to Wednesday 12 June 2024

  We have an exciting programme of topics and speakers designed in direct response to the results of an industry wide survey of safety priorities.   Wednesday 12 June 2024 Demo sessions: Lifting operations safety • Mitigating risks for workers near STS cranes • How can collaboration between technology providers and terminals facilitate safer port operations? • Measuring the value of integrating safety technology: What are the KPIs? • Maintaining a continuous improvement mindset to optimize safety Fires • What are the best mitigation strategies to prevent fires at ports and terminals? • Assessing EV fire risks and best practices to extinguish it • From EVs to alternative fuels and other potential hazardous materials, what is the risk of fire breaking out at ports and terminals Equipment service life-fatigue • Understanding sensor technology and its potential implementations on port equipment • From theory to practice, how can extending the structure [...]

Member Benefit: Free delegate places at 11th Mediterranean Ports and Logistics 2024, Italy, Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 May 2024

Final reminder for the next conference in our ICHCA member benefit in partnership with Transport Events. We have secured the exciting opportunity for up to 10 ICHCA Member delegates to attend each of Transport Events conferences in 2024.   If you would like to attend the upcoming event in Italy see details below, please email: secretariat@ichca.com to secure your place. We will need your confirmation as soon as possible. The Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea in collaboration with Strategic Partner HHLA PLT Italy is thrilled to host the 11th Mediterranean Ports and Logistics 2024 Exhibition and Conference at the prestigious Generali Convention Center Trieste, Italy. The event taking place from Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 May has been relocated to the Generali Convention Center providing a prestigious setting that aligns seamlessly with the calibre of the event, ensuring a more spacious and conducive environment for networking, collaboration [...]

TOC Safety Village looking forward to Tuesday 11 June 2024

  We have an exciting programme of topics and speakers designed in direct response to the results of an industry wide survey of safety priorities. Tuesday 11 June 2024 Integrating safety into the business strategy • What are the business implications of an accident at the terminal? • What are the tipping points for technology innovations in safety? • How can ports and terminals integrate safety across into their strategic goals? • Assessing the ROI of innovation in safety Benchmarking safety: What does it mean to be a safe terminal? • How do safety standards vary across different regions? And why is it important to harmonize these? • Can safety performance be measured at a terminal? • What are the KPIs that determine whether a terminal offers a safe working environment? • How can data collection facilitate safety standardization across ports and terminals? We would be delighted to meet with [...]

Cargo Handling Industry comes together to demonstrate vital safety innovations

Richard Steele (ICHCA International), David Robinson MBE, Jan Andreassen (G2 Ocean),Thomas Keenan (Cross Currents 88), Mike Yarwood (TT Club)   The presentation of the TT Innovation in Safety Award earlier in the year gave industry professionals from across the full spectrum of the cargo handling sector an opportunity to add their voices to the call for continuous safety improvements, and to sharing experiences of innovative advancements in the cause. Not only were the successful innovators of the award’s short-listed entries on hand to present but representatives from several of the twenty-eight companies that entered were present. A lively discussion forum accompanied the presentation ceremony. As one of the speakers Maurizio Pilu, Managing Director of the Safetytech Accelerator pointed out, the chief aim of those seeking to advance safety must be to bring the technical solution providers together with maritime and supply chain interests. This forum and accompanying seminar provided a [...]

ICHCA Radar: Break Bulk Guide Britannia PI 2024

  Recently, Britannia has seen several incidents involving damage to break bulk cargo. Mainly in two categories: • inadequate loading, stowage and securing of break bulk cargo, resulting in cargo shift and stow collapse as well as ship stability risk • vehicles incorrectly stowed, lashed and carried as non-dangerous cargo in bulk carriers/general cargo ships The paper provides guidance on proper loading, stowage, and securing. It emphasises the importance of adhering to flag approved Cargo Securing Manuals (CSM), Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing (CSS Code) and International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code" (IMDG Code). Link: CARRIAGE OF BREAK BULK AND PROJECT CARGOES GUIDANCE - Britannia (britanniapandi.com) TO DOWNLOAD THE ONE PAGE RADAR SUMMARY CLICK HERE We find or are sent a wide range of industry related learning and informative content which we think will be of interest to members. Where these appear on our radar, we will [...]

ICHCA Member G2 Ocean, latest Safety Bulletin – Behind the door

  The latest edition of G2 Ocean's Safety Bulletins can be found on the link below:   CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SAFETY BULLETIN   Message from G2 Ocean: "This edition of our Safety Bulletin is about the dynamic, ever-changing conditions crew and stevedores are faced with during cargo operations. Opening a door to the cargo hold may have been safe yesterday but today it can be very different." We are grateful to G2 Ocean for providing details and for raising awareness. We acknowledge their commitment to sharing learning to benefit others.

Notice of 2024 Annual General Meeting – ICHCA International ltd

    An Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 20 June 2024 12:00 to 12:30 BST This is a hybrid meeting which is open to all current members.   Members will be able to attend in-person at 90 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 4ST or virtually by MS Teams. Joining details will be sent electronically to member representatives by midnight 24 May 2024. If any member has not received a pack by that time and believes that they are entitled to vote, please contact secretariat@ichca.com

Speaker Programme at TOC Safety Village Announced!

    ICHCA has once again teamed up with TT Club and TOC Worldwide to bring you the Safety Village at TOC Europe on 11-13 June 2024, exploring and spotlighting opportunities for safety innovation in our industry.   We have an exciting programme of topics and speakers designed in direct response to the results of an industry wide survey of safety priorities. Tuesday 11 June 2024 Integrating safety into the business strategy • What are the business implications of an accident at the terminal? • What are the tipping points for technology innovations in safety? • How can ports and terminals integrate safety across into their strategic goals? • Assessing the ROI of innovation in safety Benchmarking safety: What does it mean to be a safe terminal? • How do safety standards vary across different regions? And why is it important to harmonize these? • Can safety performance be measured [...]

  • ICHCA Australia

April 2024 edition of “Inside ICHCA Australia” available

For the latest edition of “Inside ICHCA Australia” please Click Here! 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   For previous newsletters click here: https://ichca.com/newsletters

UNCTAD Transport and Trade Facilitation Newsletter N°101

  The UNCTAD Transport and Trade Facilitation Newsletter is a quarterly digital bulletin on current topics and projects in trade facilitation and international transport. We provide a link for members' convenience. Click here for the newsletter   If you wish to register for your own copy, you can find the link at: https://unctad.org/topic/transport-and-trade-logistics/transport-newsletter      

Discover the Safety Village at TOC Europe in 2024

    ICHCA has once again teamed up with TT Club and TOC Worldwide to bring you the Safety Village at TOC Europe on 11-13 June 2024. If you are a safety innovator in the cargo handling industry, this is your opportunity to showcase your supply chain safety solution!   ICHCA will again be at the Safety Village exploring and spotlighting opportunities for safety innovation in our industry with a programme of speakers and the chance to share ideas and learning. We would be delighted to meet with any members who are attending TOC.  If you have a safety idea or concern that you would like to discuss, please drop by the Safety Village. We also expect to have opportunities for compact presentations on any cargo safety or innovation topic, if you would be interested in learning more please get in touch. We will provide more information as the programme [...]

PEMA Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

  Guest Speakers and Board Members, PEMA AGM 10-11 April 2024   Record numbers of port equipment professionals gathered in Killarney, Ireland for the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) AGM and 20th anniversary celebrations on April 10th and 11th, 2024.  ICHCA was proud to be invited to be part of the event as a guest speaker and to jointly participate in the important work of our MOU partner with particular focus on plant and equipment safety. In the press release below, you will find event highlights, key takeaways, and important announcements made during the meeting as well as valuable insights into the latest developments in the port industry as discussed by industry leaders within PEMA. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL PRESS RELEASE   

Current Awareness Bulletin – for IMO themes and news – March 2024

  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.   CLICK HERE FOR THE CURRENT AWARENESS BULLETIN    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.

ICHCA guide to the IMDG Code updated for Amendment 41-22

  Our Dangerous Goods Working Group, chaired by Les Richings,  has updated ICHCA's  guide to The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.  This is in line with Amendment 41-22.  Particular thanks to Will Bartle (from ICHCA member NCB Hazcheck) for his input. Members can find the document at: BP3: The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code - ICHCA International   IMDG Code Amendment 41-22 became mandatory on 1 January 2024. It will remain in force until 31 December 2025. See the IMDG Code Amendment Cycle below:     The reader can find an overview of the changes in this Amendment on the NCB Hazcheck website under the free IMDG Code resources section. https://hazcheck.com/product/free-imdg-code-resources/ There is also a more detailed summary of the changes available to download via this link.  Further details on NCB Hazcheck courses relating to dangerous goods can be found here: https://ichca.com/ichca-guide-to-the-imdg-code-updated-for-amendment-41-22 ICHCA members are entitled to a discount [...]

ICHCA Member G2 Ocean, latest Safety Bulletin – The right angle

  The latest edition of G2 Ocean's Safety Bulletins can be found on the link below:   CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SAFETY BULLETIN   Message from G2 Ocean: "This edition of our Safety Bulletin is about stevedores being faced with a very unusual challenge. “Getting the job done” is part of the work ethos in most ports, and stevedores rightfully take pride in that. But responsive and innovative action has to fully consider safety. We are grateful to G2 Ocean for providing details and for raising awareness. We acknowledge their commitment to sharing learning to benefit others.

Updated version released of “Prevention of Pest Contamination of Containers”: Joint Industry Guidelines for the Cleaning of Containers

  Every year, 250 million containers are transported across the world with food, clothes, electronics and other goods we all need.   While crucial for the smooth functioning of the global supply chain, containers and their cargoes can also harbour and transfer contaminating pests. All parties in the supply chain have a shared responsibility for stopping the spread of pests by keeping cargo and containers clean, and the Prevention of Pest Contamination of Containers: Joint Industry Guidelines for the Cleaning of Containers provide easy-to-use best practices to help everyone do their part. For this update, ICHCA was welcomed as a new partner together with BIC, COA, IICL and WSC. The previous edition of the Joint Industry Guidelines for the Cleaning of Containers, published in 2023, was warmly received by regulators and industry, and has become a valued source of guidance when it comes to preventing pest contamination. The 2024 update [...]

  • ICHCA Australia

March 2024 edition of “Inside ICHCA Australia” available

For the latest edition of “Inside ICHCA Australia” please Click Here! 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   For previous newsletters click here: https://ichca.com/newsletters

A Joint Meeting presented by RINA London Branch: MOL Challenge to Achieve Zero-Emission by 2050: Wind Challenger Project

  Thursday 11 April 2024 at the Offices of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, 8-9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA From 17:30 for Seminar 18:00 - 19:15 For “In-Person” event register at klilley@outlook.com For “Webinar” zoom event register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvduysrz4pHtZs2YkCV5VyBYZvihr6FJKs After registering you will receive a confirmation email regarding joining the zoom presentation. (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Rome, 2020)   IPPC material © IPPC

Pest Week 2024: IPPC best practice guide on measures to minimize pest contamination: “Sea Container Supply Chains and Cleanliness”

  Today we look at IPPC's own guidance on pest minimisation.   https://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/ca7963en   This IPPC Guidance identifies the key parties involved in the international container supply chains, and describes their roles and responsibilities for minimizing visible pest contamination of sea containers and their cargoes, and best practices they may follow to meet that objective.  It links to both the safeguarding continuum that we discussed on day 3 and the draft Recommendation R-06 Minimizing pest risk associated with sea-container pathway that we looked at on day 4 of our Pest Week 2024. How clean is a clean container? Clean means that the empty container’s exterior and interior and, for reefer containers, also the ventilation inlet grilles and floor drain holes, should, at the time of dispatch, have no visible presence of: Soil Plants/plant products/plant debris Seeds Moths, wasps, bees, beetles Snails, slugs, ants, spiders Mould and fungi Insect and bird [...]

Pest Week 2024: The Safeguarding Continuum from IPPC

    Today we consider the IPPC’s ‘safeguarding continuum’ and how the cargo handling industry can play its part in preventing invasive pest transfer. The Commission for Phytosanitary Measures has published a video, presented by Dr Osama El-Lissy, IPPC Secretary General, summarising the ‘safeguarding continuum’ principles which aims to be a “practical and effective approach to safeguard against the accidental introductions of pests via sea containers”.   Ports and terminals along with other supply chain stakeholders are expected to play their part and industry is invited to come forward with ideas about what this approach could look like. Managing the risk - IPPC Safeguarding Continuum The IPPC Safeguarding Continuum has four phases. Phase 1 “Starts at the port of departure or storage facilities and encompasses the mandatory cleaning and inspection of empty containers.  It begins with containers being washed, vacuumed or simply swept to ensure freedom from pests or contaminants.  Container depots [...]

Pest Week 2024: CPM Draft Recommendation R-06 Minimizing pest risk associated with sea-container pathway – coming up at CPM18

  A draft recommendation on minimising pest risk associated with the sea container pathway will be submitted to the CPM18 meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 15-19 April 2024.  If adopted, this will be the leading standard for action going forward.   The recommendation aims to raise awareness and suggest practices for reducing pest risks associated with sea containers.  It covers internal and external pest contamination in sea containers transported by sea, road, and rail. It has nine recommendations: Aim: Encourage globally consistent science- and risk-based measures to reduce pest risk. Raising Awareness: Calls on National Plant Protection Organisations to provide actionable information on phytosanitary requirements for sea-container pathways, to relevant parties. Reducing Pest Contamination: Encourages all parties in logistics to verify and prevent visible pest contamination. Visual Examination: Encourages visual examination of sea containers and cargoes for potential pest contamination. R-06 explicitly recognises that [...]

Pest Week 2024: International Plant Protection Convention and the Commission for Phytosanitary measures – Meet the regulatory champions

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is the intergovernmental treaty that aims to protect the world's plants, agricultural products and natural resources from plant pests. Ratified by 185 contracting parties, the IPPC develops, adopts and promotes the application of International Phytosanitary Measures as the main tool to safeguard global food security, facilitate safe trade and protect the environment. Plant Health & Food Security Limiting pest spread, protecting important crops, and collaborating across borders are necessary to feed our world of eight billion people. Pests can destroy crop fields, ruin national crop production systems, cause devastating famine, untold suffering and death. Although 80 percent of all food comes from plants, 40 percent of global crop yields are lost to pests. The IPPC Secretariat works with contracting parties to train stakeholders and deploy knowledge products to help them improve their national phytosanitary systems and capacity.  Seeking to prevent, detect and respond to [...]

Pest Week 2024: Invasive Pests – understanding the risk

    In our first Pest Week 2024 article, we set out the scale and importance of managing invasive pests.  Our industry has an ongoing role in helping to manage this risk and ICHCA fully supports collaborative work to stop the unintended transfer of invasive pests  through the sea container pathway.  We will continue to work with partners to develop and implement approaches that work. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of The United Nations, plant pests are responsible for the loss of up to 40% of global agricultural crops each year.  They cause trade losses exceeding $220 billion annually.  There is international consensus among plant protection competent authorities that sea containers and their cargoes have the potential to carry and facilitate the introduction and spread of plant pests.  Introducing and spreading pests results in significant control and eradication costs, losses in yields and access to international markets and [...]

Member Event: GreenTech For Ports and Terminals 7 – 8 May 2024

Our member Port Technology International (PTI) is delighted to announce the second edition of GreenTech For Ports and Terminals Conference which will be taking place at World Trade Center Barcelona on 7 – 8 May 2024! Member Event: GreenTech For Ports and Terminals 7 - 8 May 2024 Our member Port Technology International (PTI) is delighted to announce the second edition of GreenTech For Ports and Terminals Conference which will be taking place at World Trade Center Barcelona on 7 – 8 May 2024! GreenTech 2024 will focus on key topics such as electrification and alternative fuels, sustainable port infrastructure, the emergence of green shipping corridors, emerging technology/AI, digitalisation and decarbonisation. Our two-day agenda includes case studies and presentations by major stakeholders, as well as panel discussions featuring the latest strategies from the world’s leading ports. This year's event is the perfect opportunity for attendees to network with like-minded organisations, [...]

Global Lifting Awareness Day 18 July 2024 Centres on Skills and Employment

  Powered by ICHCA member the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) and supporting organisations, #GLAD2024 is now a widely celebrated day where manufacturers, suppliers, and end users are among those that share material that promotes safe and high quality load lifting. As with previous years, LEEA is encouraging its members, end users, and everyone in between, to contribute by using the graphic and hashtag to celebrate their involvement with the industry and promote it as an interesting place to work, with skills and employment as suggested focal points of outreach efforts. Ross Moloney, CEO at LEEA, said: “GLAD is now positioned as a globally recognised concept and has achieved a brand-like status, perhaps ahead of schedule, following ongoing efforts from industry stakeholders to raise its profile. We’re looking to use its popularity to raise awareness of what our industry people do and what those outside of the sector need to [...]

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