Corporate Licensed Members

ICHCA’s corporate licensed members represent key interest groups and expertise clusters, all concerned with fostering knowledge and best practice within their own communities and across the broader cargo handling and transport chain.

Battery Safety Week – Roundup

Last week, we continued to raise awareness of the potential risks associated with the transport of batteries – particularly but not exclusively Lithium Batteries. Our goal is to help those handling batteries themselves or cargos (such as electric vehicles) that contain batteries, to have the best awareness of the risks and learning from across the industry. As we said at the outset, all kinds of recognised dangerous goods can be safely handled and transported if the risks are known and managed. Our sector has embraced renewable energy in order to deliver to the world. Batteries are a key component in reducing worldwide carbon emissions. Handling and carriage of batteries is part of the complex problem solving that the cargo industry does every day. Whilst we highlighted some incidents to give a clear sense of the potential consequences if things go wrong, throughout the week we also saw the work of many stakeholders contributing to raising awareness and improving learning. In case you missed the posts themselves, here is a summary of what was covered and links to follow to the web pages.   Lithium Ion Battery Risk Whitepaper from TT Club, UK P&I Club and Brookes Bell. The paper addresses [...]

Inside ICHCA Australia – November 2022

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UNCTAD Review of Maritime Transport 2022 published

The Review of Maritime Transport 2022 is out! Navigating Stormy Waters notes that "COVID-19, the war in Ukraine, climate change and geopolitics have wreaked havoc on maritime transport and logistics, clogging some ports and closing others, reconfiguring routes, extending delays and pushing up shipping costs."  Acknowledging that "delays have improved and dry cargo rates are coming down..." it concludes that "... maritime transport – and thus world trade – remains vulnerable." and calls on industry to shore up resilience to future crises and climate change. UNCTAD's 15 point call to action is directed at a wide range of stakeholders and identifies challenges for which there are no quick and easy fixes and which no actor will be able to deliver alone: Governments and operators to expand and upgrade port infrastructure and land transport connections, and accelerate trade facilitation reforms, especially digitalization Port operators and shipping companies to invest in increasing storage facilities and reducing equipment shortages Shipping companies to invest in sustainable shipping and deploy the necessary ship-carrying capacity The international community to mitigate COVID-19’s impact by providing better access to vaccines and medicines in developing countries Countries to keep trade flowing by minimizing lockdowns and by avoiding export and [...]

Maritime Joint Informal Meeting – Leadership & soft skills – Time to update STCW? 5 December 2022 at 18:15 GMT

The next Maritime Joint Informal Meeting - Leadership & soft skills - Time to update STCW? 5 December 2022 at 18:15 GMT  on HQS Wellington, Victoria Embankment, WC2R 2PN or via Zoom After a summary of the recent MPC survey on leadership and STCW by Steve Cameron, there will be a discussion with the panel, and audience debate as below; • STCW - Is current leadership training sufficient? • Is there a place for kind leadership at sea? • What should future leadership skills training include? For more info click here  To register click here:Joint Meeting - December 2022 - Leadership & Soft Skills – Time to Update STCW? (

Battery Safety Week – Day 5: Lithium Battery Guide for Shippers: A Compliance Tool for All Modes of Transportation (US Department of Transportation, rev. Sep 2021)

Today is the final day of our battery fire safety week, but it is far from the end of the journey.  We set out to put a spotlight on the hazards associated with transporting principally (but not exclusively) Lithium Ion batteries.  Through the week we have seen the work of many stakeholders contributing to raising awareness and improving learning.  We are committed to working with members and partners to understand the risks and continuously improve how the whole industry can manage safe transport of batteries.   Lithium Battery Guide for Shippers: A Compliance Tool for All Modes of Transportation (US Department of Transportation, rev. Sep 2021) This compliance resource seeks to assist shippers to safely package lithium cells and batteries for transport by all modes of transportation.  As a US guide, it is embedded in national regulatory requirements: Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180).  Operators outside the US, will also need to consider any other relevant national and international frameworks. The guide provides ten scenarios outlining the applicable requirements that a shipper must follow to ship packages of lithium cells and batteries in various configurations such as UN3091 Lithium metal batteries packed with or contained in equipment - [...]

Battery Safety Week – Day 4: Failure to Properly Disconnect and Secure Vehicle Batteries Led to Fire Aboard Vehicle Carrier Höegh Xiamen

Day 4 of our battery fire safety week and today it is a case study published by the US National Transportation Safety Board.  The report itself provides a considerable amount of detail on the fire aboard the roll-on/roll-off cargo vessel Höegh Xiamen.   Nine shoreside firefighters heroically responding to the accident were injured during firefighting action on the first day.  Fortunately, none of the  vessel’s 21 crewmembers were injured.  The vessel and its cargo of 2,420 used vehicles were declared a total loss valued at $40 million, and the vessel was later towed to Turkey for recycling. NTSB noted that the transportation of used vehicles, such as those loaded on Höegh Xiamen, is excepted from Hazardous Materials Regulations because the vessel had a stowage area specifically designed and approved for carrying vehicles.  Investigators found that used vehicles are often damaged and present an elevated risk of fire.   NTSB concluded that greater inspection, oversight, and enforcement are needed to reduce this risk. Probable Cause NTSB determined that the probable cause of the fire was an electrical fault from an improperly disconnected battery in a used vehicle on a cargo deck.  This happened because “vehicle battery securement procedures were not being followed”. [...]

Job Title: EMEA Risk Assessment Manager – TT CLUB

The TT Club’s Loss Prevention Function is of key importance to support the Club’s mission to make the international transport and logistics industry safer and more secure. This role involves working as part of the Loss Prevention Function in relation to all TT Club activities but has primary focus on the port and terminal sector. The summary role objectives are: Provide in-house engineering and port/terminal operational expertise to support underwriters and claims handlers Assess risks and identify loss prevention actions, presenting findings to operators Work proactively with operators to assist and support in loss prevention initiatives Interact with industry associations as appropriate to further loss prevention objectives Support the generation and promotion of good practice guidance for the industry   For more information, download the job specification here   If you are interested in applying for this role, please contact

Battery Safety Week – Day 3: Allianz Risk Consulting bulletin – Lithium-ion batteries: Fire risks and loss prevention measures in shipping

Day three of our battery safety week spotlighting learning, awareness raising and debate around Li-Ion battery  fire safety, features the bulletin produced by Allianz Risk Consulting.  We were privileged to have Captain Randall Lund from Allianz speak at our October webinar (see link to video below) and the bulletin complements his presentation. In 2017 Allianz were already raising awareness on li-ion battery fire risk and the vital need to handle them correctly.   One of the most likely causes of a li-ion battery fire is damage to the battery itself which can lead in turn to thermal runaway, fire, explosion and release of toxic gases.     Allianz identify four important loss prevention measures:   Choose a reputable manufacturer Check the battery’s state of charge; ideal state of charge for transportation is typically between 30% and 50% depending on manufacturer’s recommendation, battery size/type, anticipated time in store before use and intended usage. Beware of short circuits: if the heat generated by a short circuit is unable to dissipate (as in a closed package, or an intermodal freight container) the internal temperature will rise quickly to a point of ignition, which may be quickly followed by a thermal runaway event, or an [...]

Battery Safety Week – Day 2: Fire Industry Association Guidance on Li-Ion Fires

Continuing our week of sharing learning, raising awareness and encouraging discussion around Li-Ion battery safety, today's spotlight is on guidance produced by the Fire Industry Association. Although not directed at the cargo supply chain per se, this document provides interesting background information.  It discusses gas detection (providing potential early means of warning), fire detection and various suppression and extinguishing approaches, including:     The Fire Industry Association Li-Ion Fire Safety guidance is available from:     We are listening… We are keen to hear from you about your experience and perspectives on this topic.  Do you have comments on the material that we have shared?  Do you have links to guidance that might help others in the industry to continually improve management of this risk.   Please send any comments, ideas, links or questions to   Video recordings The video recordings of our Li-Ion webinar are still available on our web site on the following links: Captain Randall Lund, Senior Marine Risk Consultant at Allianz Risk Consulting Lithium-Ion batteries - fire risks and loss prevention measures in shipping   Cdt. Dirk Van de Velde, CO Health Safety, Security & Environment, Mediterranean Shipping Company Carrying and handling electric vehicles - [...]

Mike Compton 1936 – 2022

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Michael (Mike) Leonard Compton, who for many years championed health and safety in ports and terminals across the globe. A prominent member and previous Technical Advisor of ICHCA, Mike worked relentlessly to raise standards.  He was integral in the development of international and national regulation, approved codes of practice and guidance.  One of Mike’s major contributions was to the ILO Code of Practice Safety and Health in Ports published in 2005.   Mike Compton started work in the early 1950s with the Port of London Authority in a clerical role.  His early responsibilities drew on his natural aptitude for detail, requiring close documentary control.  It was not long, however, before he moved into operations, and for a while worked on a department now taken up by the runway for London City Airport.  His role developed around awareness of accidents and grew into a life-long passion to improve safety in dock work.  Prior to containerisation in the 1960s, the dock industry was dominated by manual handling with its high volume of people and high number of accidents and injuries.  In this period, Mike became part of the Port of London Authority’s [...]

Battery Safety Week – Day 1: Introduction and Li-Ion battery risk whitepaper from TT Club, UK P&I Club and Brookes Bell

In October we hosted three world class speakers for a webinar on the risks associated with Lithium Ion batteries,  particularly risk of fire.  There is an increasing recognition of the challenges of handling such cargoes safely. As with any potentially dangerous goods, it is possible to transport Li-Ion batteries successfully providing the  risks are understood and managed.  ICHCA is committed to raising awareness throughout the supply chain and  creating space for informed discussion amongst all stakeholders. Throughout this week, we will highlight both questions and learning on this topic.  We look forward to hearing  from you and sharing learning for the benefit of the whole industry.   We start with a whitepaper on Li-Ion battery Risk from TT Club, UK P&I Club and scientific consultants, Brookes Bell. The authors contend that 'despite significant fire incidents (…) the broad maritime community and logistics  supply chain remain predominantly unaware of the hazards and potential consequences when a lithium-ion  battery fails and goes into thermal runaway.' Their paper notes that 'When a lithium-ion battery fails, the speed of failure (seconds), production of significant  quantities of toxic, corrosive and flammable gases (000’s of litres) as well as the rapid development of intense  heat and [...]

Safety Alert: Dropped Cargo – high potential near miss

A Harbour Mobile Crane was in position to begin a discharge of a bulk Maize vessel and the associated Hopper was in the process of being set up in position.   The Crane Operator took a grab of maize from the vessel and suspended the full grab near the Hopper for a period of around 15-20 mins whilst the Hopper set up was completed. The Operator began to slew towards the vessel whilst opening the grab, having forgotten that a full grab had previously been taken from the hold, and once the cargo began to fall the Operator immediately closed the grab. However approximately 10 Tons of Maize had already fallen from a height of around nineteen meters damaging the Hopper outrigger. No injuries were sustained; however, two workers were operating within the immediate vicinity of the dropped cargo.   For full details click here   Please click here for previous Safety Alerts: We are grateful to the Port Skills & Safety for providing details. We acknowledge their commitment to sharing learning to benefit others. If you have similar operations, please share this information with managers, operatives and any potentially affected third parties as appropriate. Please also review any [...]

IAPH Updated bunkering safety checklists for liquified gasses as a marine fuel in a port now available

  The International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) Clean Marine Fuels Working Group has released updated bunkering checklists for fuels such as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), Liquefied Biogas (LBG) and Liquid Hydrogen (LH2). The harmonized bunker checklists are designed for known bunkering scenarios and reflect the extra requirements on ports and terminals for alternative marine fuels bunker operations.  The intention is that the bunkering checklists can support a high level of quality and responsibility in such operations. Within the set, there are Ship to Ship and Truck to Ship checklists. IAPH recommends that terminals should be sufficiently involved in the process to enable and ensure safe bunker operations at their berths.  The choice of which checklist to use should be based on the formal responsibilities of the terminal, which may depend on national or regional legislation.   For example if the formal role of the terminal includes certain responsibilities with respect to the STS bunker operation, STS bunker checklist ‘A’ would be the checklist of choice.  In a case where the terminal is only to be informed on which operational risk mitigation measures are to be taken during STS bunker operations, version ‘B’ would be checklist of choice.   These [...]

Current Awareness Bulletin – for IMO themes and news – SEPTEMBER 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:   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.  

Training video exploring how accidents in ports can be the result of multiple factors and influences – freely available for use

How many things need to go wrong for an accident to happen?   The Swiss cheese model of accident causation (James T Reason) likens human systems to multiple slices of Swiss cheese, stacked side by side.  The more ‘slices’, the less likely there will be a ‘hole’ all the way through and the more likely the threat will be blocked/prevented. A video produced by colleagues at Signal Mutual called “When we look away” follows a day in the life of a worker at a fictional port terminal.  There are procedures in place to prevent accidents, but tiredness, heat, need to get the job done and several lapses in safe systems of work lead to the worst of outcomes.  The video considers actions and decisions by others and how multiple factors in combination, not just those of the individual can contribute to increased risk.  It shows that by committing to protection at all levels, people get to go home safe.     The video can be used as part of training, induction, toolbox talks and team briefings and is available in the Vimeo platform for free download at:   Thanks to Signal Mutual for allowing us to share this learning [...]

Last chance to enter…. Submit your entry by 11 November 2022 for the TT Club Innovation in Safety Award…

Last chance to enter…. Submit your entry by 11 November 2022 for the TT Club Innovation in Safety Award… You are invited to make a submission for the TT Club Innovation in Safety Award, anyone involved in cargo logistics who can show a demonstrable improvement to safety is welcome to make an application. ICHCA International, the global cargo handling association, launched the 2022 TT Club Innovation in Safety Award today inviting entrants to submit details of their innovations by 11 November 2022. The Award, which is open to an individual, team or company involved in cargo logistics, has seen the prestige associated with winning or being highly commended, grow year-on-year. Past winners have ranged from individual entrepreneurs and specialist suppliers to employee teams in major industry businesses. Entrants are required to show that a product, idea, solution, process, scheme or other innovation has resulted in a demonstrable improvement in safety.   To enter follow the link:    

ICHCA Welcomes Transport Events Limited as New Member

The global association representing cargo handling companies, ICHCA International (ICHCA) is delighted to welcome Transport Events, the organisation responsible for coordinating some of the largest trade events in the industry as a new member.   This new partnership has been welcomed by both parties as a framework to support their mutual interest in the dissemination of knowledge, best practice and commentary on the challenges and issues facing the global cargo handling community.   In welcoming the new member, Richard Steele, ICHCA International’s CEO stated, “Co-operation with key industry organisations is critical to the safe and efficient performance of today’s increasingly complex supply chains.  At ICHCA we remain committed to our efforts to improve safety, security and sustainability and with the help of Transport Events Limited, we can continue to spread our key messages, across Africa, Asia and Europe.   For full press release, click here    

ICHCA In The News – Press Clippings (October 2022)

Click Here to read articles from the following sources about ICHCA , collated by Portcare International. All About Shipping Containers Insurance Marine News Loadstar Maritime Advocate American Journal of Transportation Daily Cargo News EXIM India Forwarder Magazine Hellenic Shipping News

JIM Meeting, 28 November 2022, ECDIS: Should we continue to procced with caution in this age of digital navigation?

The next Joint Meeting is hosted by HCMM in partnership with WISTA will be held on 28 November 2022 - time tbc location HQS Wellington, London or via Zoom. “ECDIS: Should we continue to procced with caution in this age of digital navigation?” A review of the practical and legal considerations when using and developing training and policy for ECDIS. The speakers for this event are Helene Peter-Davies – Legal Director & Master Mariner, Hill Dickinson LLP / Board Member of WISTA UK and Peter Thornton – Associate & Master Mariner, Hill Dickinson LLP.   For further information and to book your place click here:  Joint Meeting - November 2022 ( Zoom details will be sent to all registered attendees on Monday 28 November at 17:00 to allow virtual attendance to those not able to attend in person.           

Inside ICHCA Australia – October 2022

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